There’s nothing quite as cozy as curling up in front of a fireplace during those cold winter months. Historically used as a primary source of heating and placed in almost every room, fireplaces are now more often used as a design element to create a focal point in living spaces. But fireplaces still provide that inviting winter warmth whether you have a wood burning, electric, or gas one.

While fireplaces are still a consistent feature throughout different styles of homes, they vary widely in their look and feel. Far from the traditional brick, wood-burning fireplaces of old, you can now find fireplace surrounds in in a wide variety of materials from stone to tile to marble. Often, mantels or shelving are used on or beside the fireplace to showcase artwork or other décor. No matter the style of the fireplace, it really makes a statement as the focal point of the room it’s in.

CIRCLE Design loves to get creative with fireplaces in our designs. From traditional to contemporary, we make sure that the fireplace fits the homeowners’ style as well as their needs. One challenge that we face is that many times, a fireplace and a TV are competing as the focal point in a living room. We have found many creative ways to incorporate both into living rooms without the TV overpowering the fireplace.

Below are some of our favorite CIRCLE fireplaces and our favorite aspects of each:

#1: Wood-burning fireplace with tile and wood accents

This is a painted drywall fireplace accented by a wood mantle and custom cabinet on one side for storing firewood. The focal point is rounded opening lined with a dark tile that matches the hearth.


#2: White fireplace with custom cabinetry

This wood-burning fireplace is surrounded by white custom cabinetry for maximum display space. The textured tile around the opening provides some added dimension. The impressive art collection displayed above disguises the TV on the wall.


#3: Asymmetrical black tile fireplace

This gas fireplace is modern and sleek with its large black tile. The wood flooring product we used on the left side creates an asymmetrical mantle. It also features a quartz hearth top and some fantastic custom cabinetry doors below for storage.


#4: Tile fireplace with floating glass shelves

The surround of this gas fireplace is a neutral-colored tile, making the surrounding shelves just as much of a focal point as the fireplace itself. The floating glass shelves of equal lengths on both sides give the room a symmetrical feel. We used directional recessed lighting above to showcase the contents of the shelves. The custom cabinetry below these shelves is faced in laminate to coordinate with the tile.


#5: Marble fireplace

This gas-burning fireplace is surrounded by one solid piece of marble, which serves as the focal point all on its own. We love the simple elegance of this fireplace.


#6: Ledgestone tile fireplace with quartz ledge

The dark ledgestone tile of this gas fireplace provides the perfect contrast to the white walls in the room. It features a floating hearth ledge made of quartz, and recessed storage cabinets to the left create a clean front. We used directional recessed lighting to highlight the texture of the fireplace and offset the TV to prevent it from overpowering the fireplace.


#7: Traditional fireplace with a modern twist

We kept the existing mantel of this traditional gas fireplace that featured traditional woodwork and dentil details. We slightly built out the top to apply shiplap above the mantel. The shiplap, mantel, and crown molding were painted white to brighten and create unity throughout the room and to provide the right contrast for the existing brick hearth.


#8: Ledgerstone tile fireplace with quartz mantel

This wood-burning fireplace features an asymmetrical, modern design. The surround is a dark gray Ledgerstone tile with a similar colored quartz mantel and a concrete faced hearth. The track lighting highlights the beautiful textures of the material. The left side features floating shelves and a custom steel firewood storage area. This is contrasted by the wider items on the right – custom cabinetry below the TV and compartments for additional firewood.


#9: Double-sided wood-burning stove

This modern, double-sided wood-burning stove has a soapstone top that continues across as the bar counter. Its cohesiveness with the attached wood storage area, bar, and bookshelf divides the room and creates the perfect focal point.


#10: Stone fireplace with hearth seating

This gas fireplace has a beautiful stone surround accented by a wood mantel that matches the adjacent wood paneled area where the TV is mounted. Surrounding it are floating glass shelves for displaying tchotchkes. Our favorite feature is the matching wood hearth, which is made up of storage drawers and doubles as a bench for extra seating. Recessed lighting above the fireplace and TV area provide extra accent to these focal points of the room.


As you can see, the possibilities for an amazing fireplace are endless, no matter what style you are looking to achieve in your home!