Warm up your home with inspiration from these stylish hot spots.
1 of 15Photo: Massimo Listri
Give your fireplace its time to shine by choosing a bright, tiled surround, such as this cobalt stunner in the lobby of La Minervetta hotel in Naples, Italy. (Find similar tiles at miznerindustries.com). The vibrant colors, decorative design, and sleek feel transform the fireplace into a work of art.
2 of 15Design by Tif Fussell
Clean & Tidy
An all-white hearth, surround, and mantel lends a simple, cottage feel to this living room and provides a blank canvas when it comes to decorating for the season. If your fireplace is nonworking, consider filling it with neatly cut wood for an interesting and playful effect.
3 of 15Photo: Annie Schlecter
Craftsmanship at the Core
Sometimes the best building materials wash up right outside your door. This handcrafted stone fireplace features a driftwood mantel that the designer found on a nearby beach. The asymmetrical chimney adds visual interest.
These homeowners filled the base of their nonworking fireplace with sea glass for a shimmery effect. The white surround pops against the golden walls, and turquoise accessories add an eclectic feel to the room.
Designer Anthony Baratta is an ace at mixing motifs, like the checkered fireplace surround, plaid upholstery, and nautical-themed rug shown here. “It’s easy to mix patterns when you first pull together the palette itself,” he says. “We settle on the color palette before we even begin to work on a project.”
6 of 15Photo: Tria Giovan, Stylist: Heather Chadduck
Grand & Cozy
This wood paneled fireplace with rough limestone surround provided the perfect centerpiece for the cozy living room of our 2009 Ultimate Beach House in North Carolina. Designer Phillip Sides designed the arts and crafts-style wooden consoles to frame the fireplace and created several conversation nooks―like the pair of slipper chairs by the fireplace―to make the large space feel more intimate.
Mosaic glass in seaside colors frame this fireplace, and a row of paintings depicting palm fronds against cloud-strewn skies echoes the color and brings the breeze indoors. The mantel acts as an extension of a wooden ledge that hugs the wall and provides space to display greenery and a rustic candel holder.
This crisp escape is actually an outdoor room, and is a true extension of the home. The white and black contrast of the fireplace is echoed throughout the room for a striking and cohesive look. A built-in nook keeps firewood dry and close at hand.
This oyster shell-encrusted fireplace makes a dramatic statement as the focal point of this room. Adding small holiday details like a rope garland with pine branches gives the mantel a festive feel without taking away from the coastal décor.
12 of 15Photo: Bill Holt
Serene & Sculpted
This smooth stone fireplace with its light wood mantel sets the tone for this living room, lending a cue of creams, browns, and soft lines. The sailboat model provides a nautical nod and fills the space above the mantel nicely.
These homeowners framed their fireplace with a beautiful mix of shells, including stafish and sand dollars. To keep the focus on the decorated surround, the mantel decor plays toward minimal. The nautical theme is repeated in the porthole mirror and the sconces above.
14 of 15Photo: Jeff McNamara
Down to Earth
Beautiful in its simplicity, this white-washed brick fireplace lends a textured, rustic feel to the living room. The large mantel-top mirror fits the space well and relfects light, giving the room an open and airy feel. A clam-shaped bowl on the hearth adds coastal appeal and can be filled with finds like sea glass spheres for a pop of color.
15 of 15Photo: Roger Davies
The epitome of cozy, this outdoor living room is centered around the impressive river rock fireplace. Symmetry was created by framing the surround and chimney with vertically stacked rocks, while the interior displays rocks on their sides. A light-hued herringbone pattern adorns the firebox, adding a refined focal point.