Around this time of year when darker evenings and wet weekends settle in, we start to nest by staying at home more. We crave a comfortable, warm and welcoming retreat from the world outside—ideally involving a cozy spot to get lost in a book or show.
A fireplace is a must for creating that cozy, nest-like atmosphere. In fact, almost any fireplace can add enough ambiance to make a room feel inviting. However when it skillfully combines both form and function, creating a focal point that radiates warmth and style, a fireplace truly elevates the space.
To illustrate this we’ve gathered our chicest, dreamiest fireplace ideas. From historical hearths to sculptural beauties, we’re betting these nine examples will inspire you to add a fireplace or undergo a fireplace update sometime soon!
1 / West Coast Modern
If we could have a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, it would be this—a stunningly sleek design that grounds the living space while inviting you to sit beside it. Constructed from blackened steel, honed black soapstone, and frameless glass, its materials offer an elegant, upscale look for entertaining yet still feel relaxed when surrounded by soft, light-coloured furnishings.
2 / Mountain Retreat
In our dream alpine chalet, there’s a rugged heavy stone fireplace with a reclaimed wood mantel that anchors the main living space. After a day on the slopes, we’d light the wood burning fire in this warm gathering area—and with a beverage in hand, we’d sink into the plush furniture to take in the beautiful views.
3 / Quiet Luxury
We imagine if we had a cozy sitting room we’d err on the side of posh. We’d decorate with luxurious materials such as leather on the fireside wingback chair, gold accents, and an elegant stone mantel. Instead of a historical chimneypiece, we’d opt for contemporary clean lines like the one above, artfully showcasing panels of a striking stone bordered by stone mouldings.
4 / Midcentury Funky
In our rancher on the North Shore, we’d embrace the mid-century modern and amp up the cool with a handcrafted glazed ceramic tile. Cozy textures and lots of wood accents, including furniture and a niche with wood shelves for books and treasures, bring warmth to this retreat.
5 / Sophisticated Stone
When dreaming about our next dinner party, this gorgeous fireplace would provide a perfectly cultivated setting. The clean, geometrically-shaped marble surround is a sophisticated centerpiece to gather around, among the richly-coloured palette of luxurious materials.
6 / Rustic Farmhouse
We’ll always love an old brick fireplace that’s been revived by white paint and topped with a rustic wood mantel for warmth and character. This seductive living room features a blend of natural materials, muted textured furniture and historical art, creating a cozy seating area with a hint of rural elegance.
7 / Vintage Vibes
If blessed with a historical hearth, we’d elevate its charm by surrounding it with vintage finds from 1stDibs. An elegant mirror placed above the fireplace would draw the eye and reflect light. We’d also incorporate a mix of textures and materials to create depth, while making it feel intimate and cozy.
8 / Scandi Style
When we’re feeling the need for simplicity, functionality, and a hit of nature, a Nordic-inspired living space is the Holy Grail. We love the feel of a traditional-looking fire in a minimalist hearth flanked by windows and built-in benches—it’s practical, bright and warm on a dreary day. Plus, a cleverly concealed television resembles a piece of art when not being used.
9 / English Cottage
Last but not least, even Canadian homes can have the highly enchanting charm of an antique cottage. While the stone and wood mantel do all the heavy lifting in terms of character in this room, the earthy colour scheme, natural materials, and ample cozy seating make the space feel absolutely perfect for relaxation.
For more fireplace ideas, please see our project gallery of home renovations and custom home builds.
Feature image source: Jennifer Miller Studio