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40+ Brick Fireplace Ideas: Captivating Showstoppers with Timeless Charm

We absolutely adore brick walls. The last decade has seen homeowners move away from the man-made, polished finishes of the 90’s and embrace interiors with ‘more character and personality’. This has seen more and more homes being adorned by concrete walls, brick wall sections, woodsy ceilings and materials in general that usher in a whole lot more textural and visual contrast. We have already shared with our readers some must-see inspirations of living rooms with brick walls and bedrooms that feature exposed brick. But today, we are exploring the world of brick fireplaces – a feature that conjures images of timeless homes with ample coziness. Check out these brick fireplace ideas to see what you can do in your own home!

Stunning brick fireplace adds something different to the lovely monochromatic modern living room [From: The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn]

The home is much more than a place to rest, rejuvenate and hang your coats and hats for the day. It is a space that feels secure; like a personal sanctuary where you can freely express yourself while enjoying its little unique touches. Every home has something special about it and most often, a brick fireplace turns even the most impersonal space into his cozy and beautiful setting where friends and family can gather on a cold evening. Classic and yet trendy, these brick fireplace ideas offer ample inspiration for those looking to add one to their own home –

Gorgeous Redbrick Fireplace

A fireplace automatically becomes the focal point of most spaces it adorns no matter what its style is. In case of the brick fireplace, it is only natural that it becomes an even more eye-catching feature in the modern living space that is filled with neutral hues and polished finishes. Bringing a different material and aesthetic to the contemporary space, these redbrick fireplaces can be coupled with rugged wooden mantles and smart decorative pieces to complete the setting. Repeating the brick wall finish elsewhere in the room helps accentuate the beauty of the fireplace and gives it a more graceful presence.

Delightful use of colors in the modern living room with a lovely brick fireplace
Gorgeous modern beach style living room in white with blue carpet and brick fireplace [From: Norman Design Group]
Light-filled and beautiful modern beach style living room with fabulous brick fireplace [From: Collins Design & Development]
Picture-perfect traditional bedroom with wooden beams pastel hues and stylish brick fireplace [From: Gabriel Builders]
double-side red brick fireplace
Expand your fireplace into a double-sided one so you can use it in more than one room. [From Airoom Architects]
nautical living room with red brick fireplace
A peek of red brick with a white mantel completes the nautical theme of this room. [From Bluegrass Hill]
red brick fireplace in living room with leather couches
Originally, the owner planned to paint the brick white but instead chose to keep the raw brick. [From Domino]
red brick fireplace in updated open floorplan
The red brick pattern of the fireplace matches the accent wall in the kitchen. [From Gambrick]

Paint it for a Modern Look

Not everyone might want a brick fireplace that features exposed red bricks in their raw form. It might not be a look that works in your living room. Maybe you just wish to try out something different this time around! No matter what your reasons is, painting the brick fireplace white or even gray is a great way to mix things up. The painted brick section can easily be combined with other walls finishes in the modern interior along with contemporary décor to ensure that you have a curated and elegant open plan living space.

Spacious, double-height living room in gray with gray, painted fireplace
Whitewashed brick fireplace is a popular choice in most modern living spaces [From: the ranch uncommon]
Fireplace becomes the focal point of this small English cottage style living room [From: reDesign home]
Polished contemporary living room with dark, painted brick fireplace [From: REHAU Cabinet Doors]
brown armchairs in front of white painted brick fireplace
Small pops of color help to brighten up the room against the painted white brick fireplace. [From Southern Living]
green painted brick in bright living room
Gorgeous green painted brick in an earthy living room. [From Maisonre Home + Design]
floor to ceiling black brick fireplace
Painting your brick fireplace one solid color can be a bold contrast for the furniture in the room. [From Brick Anew]
teal painted fireplace in living room
Painting the brick blue might have seemed like a gamble, but it paid off here! [From Lovely etc.]
black painted brick fireplace setting
The black painted brick complements the modern black marble coffee table. [From The Inspiring Investment]

Working with a Variety of Styles

The brick fireplace fits in with almost any style that you can think of both in the living room and the dining space. Add to the visual appeal of this fireplace with a large wall art piece just above its mantle while keeping the rest of it undecorated and uncluttered. Styles like modern eclectic, shabby chic, tropical and farmhouse all can be combined with the brick fireplace with ease while styles like rustic and farmhouse are natural spaces for this timeless fireplace. It is the decorative pieces and accents around the fireplace that define his style.

Create a custom brick fireplace that is perfect for your living space
Modern farmhouse style living room with an elegant brick section and fireplace [From: Truss Interiors & Renovations]
Visual and textural contrast of the brick fireplace makes instant impact in this modern living space
Combining wood with brick to create a gorgeous fireplace in the living room
black painted brick fireplace with eclectic decorations
A coat of black paint and a mix of decorative pieces bring together this living room. [From Bright Green Door]
boho living room setup with black fireplace
A boho living room built around the black brick fireplace. [From Homelizm]
white painted brick fireplace with eclectic decor
The white brick allowed this homeowner to embrace a more eclectic decor style. [From LAUREY W. GLENN]
red brick with white mantel and mixed media artwork
A cozy living room corner, accented with mixed media decor and a red brick fireplace. [From Gambrick]
The off-center fireplace placement adds to the design of this white brick wall. [From Remodelaholic]

Go with the Faux (Fireplace)

When it comes to brick fireplace ideas, a faux fireplace is an easy, inexpensive option for when you want to complete a room or add a cozy moment to a certain area but you don’t have the budget or the need for the real thing! Using brick you can create beautiful fake fireplace surrounds and settings. You can even use faux brick if you really want to tie in to the faux fireplace feel, but that’s up to you.
faux brick fireplace with basket of blankets in surround
This faux-brick fireplace was created using modified fake brick paneling. [From Woodshop Diaries]
brick faux fireplace mantel in rustic living room
The faux fireplace mantel makes for a great focal point in this living room. [From The Honeycomb Home]
brick faux fireplace with wooden mantel
The wooden mantel ties together the room with the brick faux fireplace at the center. [From Life on Summerlin]
shiplap and brick faux fireplace setting
This shiplap and brick fireplace leans heavily into its rustic fall decor potential. [From All Things with Purpose]
faux brick german schmear fireplace
Faux brick fireplace backing with a German schmear. [From Addicted 2 DIY]
blue painted brick faux fireplace with white mantel
The blue painted brick makes the fireplace pop as a focal point. [From Houzz]

The WhiteWashed Brick Look

If you’re looking for a comfortable middle ground between raw red brick or a fully-painted fireplace when exploring brick fireplace ideas, you can go for the white-washed look! Adding a German Schmear (aka mortar wash) to the brick can bring together a room for a rustic farmhouse look or you can use a whitewashing technique and have complete control over how much of the red brick is covered up in the end.
limestone wash on brick fireplace
Limestone wash can be used as an alternative to a classic whitewash. [From Bless’er House]
whitewashed fireplace in living room with tv mounted over mantel
The wood mantel blends well with the whitewashed raw brick. [From Pinterest]
german schmear fireplace with pumpkins and fire lit
German schmear adds a heavier whitewashed look to this fireplace, with its festive decorations. [From Sweat Tea Tribe]
overgrouted brick fireplace
A heavy layer of grout creates the whitewashed look on this fireplace. [From Oakstone Homes]
whitewashed brick fireplace with raw brick around fireplace insert
Leaving the brick outline raw around the firebox adds variety. [From Grey House Haven]
mortar wash german schmear fireplace
Mortar wash added a nice effect to this Christmas mantel setup. [From Craftivity Designs]
whitewash brick fireplace setting
Heavy white grouting on the brick created the desired look for this fireplace makeover. [From Sprucing Up Mamahood]
german schmear fireplace with matching kitchen backsplash
The German Schmear extends into the kitchen backsplash to match the fireplace. [From Jenn Todryk, @theramblingredhead]
Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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