Fireplaces have come a long way since their humble beginnings. No longer are they simply a means of providing warmth and light; today, they are often the focal point of a room, adding both style and substance. And while there are many different types and designs to choose from, one thing remains the same: a fireplace is an architectural detail of a home that can define a room. As people, we associate home and comfort with them mostly; we want to cozy up right in front of them. It’s essential to us the design studio to make the fireplace a priority in our interior design process.
In essence, a fireplace is more than just a functional design feature— it’s a beautiful focal point that can anchor any space. Yes, they provide comfort and warmth, but can also make a beautiful statement to any room. Whether you’re looking to add a touch of luxury to your home or simply want to make your living room more inviting, here are some fireplaces we love and hope they bring you some design inspiration for your home remodel or new construction project. For specific questions and ways to work with us, we encourage you to call or complete the form on the contact page.
The use of the very slender brick gives the fireplace surround that characteristic midcentury modern look that is authentic to the 1960s. The design is both unique and simple – simplicity in the best way though. As Leonardo da Vinci said: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
The concave design of the firebox itself adds further interest and appeal to the fireplace. If you can find the brick shape, you might just have achieved an attainable and beautiful fireplace design while the original by Jean Royère most likely costs a small fortune.
A successful interior designer has the ability to plan out a space; to see its potential and think creatively about how to optimize both function and form. We will sometimes suggest that clients stay away from costly expansions to their homes and instead focus on making existing spaces more beautiful – adding more detail and visual interest can go a long way.
We should emphasize that a full home design process is very complex. There’s no one-size fits-all formula when it comes to interior design. It’s never just about looking pretty and the way people like to use different spaces in their homes is very personal.
Instead of paving your courtyard with concrete, you may consider an easy-to-implement gravel ground cover letting rainwater through to tree roots and creating visual serenity. In this courtyard, the gravel creates a beautiful soft backdrop to the fireplace and its painted white brick.
Also consider the effect of outdoor lighting in your courtyard. Maybe in form of a lantern to add architectural detail as shown here. Minimal lighting, such as to uplight a tree in a courtyard or along a pathway, can also be effective design element to elevate your home’s exterior.
An experienced interior designer can help you coordinate all of the different elements – no matter if you need guidance on your home renovation or new construction home. It’s important to know your craft well or you will end up with a home that looks basic. Without an interior designer to advocate for you, the contractor will most likely chose standard detailing for all design elements. If you have 3-5% to spare for design, we strongly recommend to hire an interior designer. The value added to your home will far outweigh the initial investment.
In order to be mindful of budget constraints, we look to exploring smart design solutions. In this case, the solution was to lime-wash the fireplace chute above the mantle with a black-ish Portola Paint. The result was a continued flow of color that draws the eyes up to the vaulted ceiling. As interior designers, we want to highlight and emphasize the architectural beauty of the exposed truss system, not distract from it.
It’s a masterful combination of sophistication and simplicity, new and antique elements. Clements Design constantly inspires our interiors as they intuitively demonstrate that great projects depend on a symphonic cohesion between architecture and interiors. Everything works together – add nothing and take nothing away.
For example, even when there is TV above the fireplace, use chairs and sofa arranged around a round coffee table, instead of a lounge sectional. This configuration creates a more open and inviting space providing ample space for people to move around. It encourages people to interact with each other – not just stare at a screen. So next time you’re planning your living room layout, think about ways to encourage conversation and connection. You may be surprised at how easy it is to create a gathering place that everyone will love.
Whether you’re looking to add a touch of luxury to your home or simply want to make your living room more inviting, here are some fireplaces we hope will provide design inspiration for your home remodel or new construction project. As an interior design studio, we’re constantly thinking about smart design solutions.