An open fireplace can be both a beautiful and functional part of your home’s decor. The heat, the smell and the crackling sound create a warm and inviting atmosphere. When it’s chilly outside, there’s nothing better than snuggling up next to the fire with a good book or movie. Whether you prefer a marble or slate fireplace, there are plenty of open fireplace ideas for those curating the ultimate cosy space with a roaring focal point.
Let’s take a closer look at how you can style an open fireplace in your home and what types of designs are available.
What is an open fireplace?
An open fireplace is a type of hearth that does not have an enclosed fire chamber. An open fireplace surround is often built into the wall of a room with an exposed chimney. They have a classic look and feel that can add a relaxing quality to any space. But to make your open fireplace look its best, you need to think about how you will style and accessorise the piece.
Open fireplace ideas for your home
Let the flames do the talking
The flames dancing in the fire, the warmth of the heat, and the natural beauty of the wood burning are all great reasons to consider an open wood burner for your home. Base the rest of your interior design around the fireplace with minimal accessories and neutral soft furnishings.
The Eva 992 Mural by JC Bordelet is a wall-mounted fireplace with a suspended hood. This design is a modern take on one of our favourite traditional fireplace ideas – and it takes up far less space than our more elaborate models.
Style up the mantel
If you prefer the maximalist look, make the most out of your mantelpiece and start styling it up. The mantelpiece is the perfect place to show off your personality with books, ornament and anything that takes your fancy. Use this space to display your little trinkets and personal photos – or keep it spacious with a hanging plant and scented candle.
Divide the room
In an open-plan home, you could use a fireplace to divide the space into two separate areas – the living room and kitchen. An open wood-burning stove is perfect for creating two distinct spaces in the room. For example, if you have a large dining room, you can put the sofa in front of the fireplace and use it as a natural divider between the two spaces. You can also use area rugs or furniture arrangements to construct a more defined divide between the two areas.
JC Bordelet’s Tatiana 997 is the definition of simple yet sophisticated. The log-burning stove is designed to sit in the centre of the room with a roaring fire. The design comes with a rotating option so you can see the open flames no matter where you stand. There are also suspended and corner versions.
There’s something special about sitting around an open fire, whether it’s in your backyard or out in nature. The crackling of the flames and the smell of wood smoke make the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing evening in the garden. Add some fairy lights and cosy outdoor furniture, and you’re good to go.
Embrace the dramatic flair
An open fire can add a dramatic edge to your home, especially when it’s painted in a bold colour. An art deco fireplace or exposed brick fireplace can take your interior design to the next level. Make your luxury fireplace a talking point in your home, and choose a unique open fireplace design. Or, let the materials create the drama and switch up your fire surround to match the living and dining area.
The Julietta 985 Mural is the perfect way to make a statement in your home. The wall-mounted fireplace with its flared metal hood frames the fire and showcases fine elegant lines.