How To Design Around A Central Fireplace So Everything Is In Sync

The role of the fireplace is to make a space feel warm and inviting and is no longer related to the heat produced by this design feature. The fireplace has become an accessory designed to serve as a focal point. It often occupies a central position in a room. There are many types of fireplaces which can be utilized in this manner.

 The cylindrical shape and polished finish complement this space wellView in gallery
The cylindrical shape and polished finish complement this space well [Design from Smithdesigns]
The fireplace separates the living area from the kitchen and dining spaceView in gallery
The fireplace separates the living area from the kitchen and dining space [Design from Thirtybyforty]
 It's common for a fireplace to serve as a space divider in open floor plansView in gallery
It’s common for a fireplace to serve as a space divider in open floor plans [Image from Ardesignstudio]

In some cases, the fireplace stands out as a dramatic design statementView in gallery
In some cases, the fireplace stands out as a dramatic design statement

Ceiling-hanging fireplaces can occupy a central position is a room without taking up valuable floor space. In addition to being space-efficient, a hanging fireplace also looks lightweight and makes the entire space feel open and more spacious. It suits well large spaces but also smaller rooms.

The fireplace is visible from both the dining space, kitchen and living areaView in gallery
The fireplace is visible from both the dining space, kitchen and living area

 When placed at the center of the social area, the fireplace stands outView in gallery
When placed at the center of the social area, the fireplace stands out [Image from Benmiller design]
Exposed beams decor and Gyrofocus FireplaceView in gallery
Ceiling-mounted fireplaces are appreciated for their simplicity[Image from Diligence international]
It's possible to combine the fireplace with another accessory or furniture piece[Image from Artichoke]View in gallery
It’s possible to combine the fireplace with another accessory or furniture piece[Image from Artichoke]

Use the fireplace to introduce a new style into the room or to establish harmonyView in gallery
Use the fireplace to introduce a new style into the room or to establish harmony

A central fireplace automatically becomes a focal point for that particular space. Considering this fact, its design should be defining for the room. Choose this piece with great care. Everything about it matters. The materials used, the colors, finishes, shapes and patterns will all become characteristics of the entire space.

Beautiful and modern wall divider fireplaceView in gallery

There are many different ways to achieve this combo, using a variety of materialsView in gallery
There are many different ways to achieve this combo, using a variety of materials
Most often, the fireplace divider separates the living room and dining areaView in gallery
Most often, the fireplace divider separates the living room and dining area

The design of the fireplace and the materials used impact the overall designView in gallery
The design of the fireplace and the materials used impact the overall design [Image from Karlneumann photo]
The fireplace can be viewed and enjoyed from both sidesView in gallery
The fireplace can be viewed and enjoyed from both sides[Image William shortp hotography]
This strategy for separating the spaces works with a lot of different stylesView in gallery
This strategy for separating the spaces works with a lot of different styles[Image from Hmhai]

 In the case of an open plan, the fireplace is positioned to that all the areas can enjoy its warmthView in gallery
In the case of an open plan, the fireplace is positioned to that all the areas can enjoy its warmth
The charm of a fireplace can make any space feel welcoming and comfortableView in gallery
The charm of a fireplace can make any space feel welcoming and comfortable
A stone fireplace is always eye-catching, more so if it has a central positionView in gallery
A stone fireplace is always eye-catching, more so if it has a central position

A central fireplace can stand out and blend in at the same timeView in gallery
A central fireplace can stand out and blend in at the same time [Image from Jh interior design]
In some cases the fireplace can also be integrated into a structure that supports the ceilingView in gallery
In some cases the fireplace can also be integrated into a structure that supports the ceiling[Design from Hammer architects]
Exposed brick fireplaces are particularly charming, giving the space a rustic feelView in gallery
Exposed brick fireplaces are particularly charming, giving the space a rustic feel[Design from Tate Studio]

 Painted brick fireplaces can be just as charming and can double as structural elementsView in gallery
Painted brick fireplaces can be just as charming and can double as structural elements

There are plenty of situations when a fireplace positioned at the center of a space is closely related to the layout. For example, in an open floor plan where the living room, kitchen and dining area are part of the same zone, a fireplace can serve as a link between them and can also double as a space divider or as a support structure for the house frame.

Decorate the fireplace with beautiful art to make it blend in naturallyView in gallery
Decorate the fireplace with beautiful art to make it blend in naturally
Some fireplaces can have a sculptural design meant to unmistakably stand outView in gallery
Some fireplaces can have a sculptural design meant to unmistakably stand out
Asymmetrical designs are sometimes defining characteristics for contemporary interiorsView in gallery
Asymmetrical designs are sometimes defining characteristics for contemporary interiors
An artful fireplace can take many forms, its role always being to stand outView in gallery
An artful fireplace can take many forms, its role always being to stand out