An open fire is instantly evocative: provoking prehistoric instincts from fascinating flame, unpredictable crackle, and balletic illumination. Whether open, stove, or otherwise, a real fire instantly crowns any room to the realms of regal relaxation.
We associate brick, of course, with exteriors. However, this most industrial of building blocks brings texture into an interior canvas, radiating the homely glow of brick-red.
We’ve found some delightful brick fireplace ideas to give you a little inspiration for your own home. We’re sure that you’re going to fall for the enchanting elegance of flame against brick.
The Painted Inglenook
This is one of the most effective ways of incorporating the rough of the brick into a room that strives for the smooth, demonstrating that painted brick is a true multi-tasker. Bare brick conjures dust – seemingly from nowhere – so slapping on paint creates a seal, withholding dust within. The non-uniformity of brick can feel out-of-kilter against an orderly space – paint facilitates an indulgence of texture, through a single, clean color. This lovely log-burner would make any room feel cozy, without the pungent odor of an open flame. The beautiful wood sleeper performs the role of stunning mantel, creating an earth and fire zone that makes you instantly feel safe, warm, and at home. Beautiful.
For large, cavernous spaces, clad in wood, the sudden appearance of brick is a welcoming surprise, bringing the balance of earth and fire together into a room that could easily feel echoey and a little neglected. This huge inglenook shows the signs of many years of use – the blackened brickwork; the dusty firebox; the discolored front teeth of the exposed hearth – all resonantly loaded with the scars of loyal service. The burnt orange of the brickwork is a fantastic contrast with the deep denim of the painted walls, while the green of the trailing plant adds the required life into this rather somber, but stylish space. Quintessentially British.
When A Fireplace Isn’t For Fire
Of course, for some, the fireplace is a rather archaic device, better served in the open air than in the confines of a living space. But to brick up an old fireplace is a crime that was only really permissible in the 70s and 80s – and even then, we’ve seen the error of our ways. An open fire isn’t for everyone – so the fabulously pale brick of this fireplace makes the perfect home for fine wine. This is a really excellent idea that will keep your wine cool and your daily trek to the cellar a thing of the past. The exposed brick, here, isn’t exactly the best example of fine craftsmanship we’ve seen – with a somewhat lumpy finish and some seriously questionable pointing. This brickwork would benefit from a lick of paint. However, wall art has been used to great effect, evoking a sense of nostalgia with classic prints, and a little anachronistic modernism with the Banksy and the Beryl Cook. The slate hearth bears the marks of use, which balances the crunchy texture of the brickwork nicely. Clever.
This is a brick fireplace with a modern twist that’s sure to be an instant hit with all that encounter this fabulous space. This external teardrop fireplace negates the need for traditional accommodation, so could be fixed to a convenient wall, rather than a necessary one. The painted brickwork brings a contrasting texture to the smooth curves of this sensual fireplace, while the dancing flame, framed anachronistically, merges the modern and the ancient in a staged tableau of history versus modernity. This wood burner is the clean approach to combustion heating – all mess is contained within the unit, making this is a perfect warmer for a modern living space. Fabulous.
This stylish blank canvas gains some authentic personality with a mini wood burner, inset into an anonymous hole, adorned in bare brick. Simple as it is, this palette presents quite the fusion of texture – the flat, bluish-tinged matte of the gun-metal grey; the rustic log framing the upper lip of the surround; the slate black infinity of the hearth stone; stripped and varnished floorboards; softened with a shag-pile rug. This is a room designed for comfort. The subtle touch of brick as fire-plate is a worthy nod to the guts of the building. While this space oozes homely welcome, some wall-art would warm up those slabs of flat color. Brick, here, is used as a secondary material, making subtle use of its burnished browns and reds to unify the wood with the flame. Simple, yet effective.
This homely fireplace is artificially illuminated to highlight the spot with total success. The haphazard hearth tiling is a lovely, stylish touch, lifting this simple fireplace to aspirational realms. The suede of the walls is neat and well-crafted, while the hearth sleeper becomes the staging for a simple display, adding homely touches to this warm palette of earthen colors and neo-tribal tiling. The church candles bring flame into the space – something that sealed wood-burners steal from a room. Simple as it is, the brick brings the internal into context with the external. Simple, stylish, and cozy.
This lovely wood-burner is surrounded by an interest of rustic materials, bringing the traditional into a clean, modernist environment. The brick surround is a two-tonal pattern, demonstrating fluently the character-change achieved from chevron placement. This is brick at its most interesting, framed beautifully with the reliable sturdiness of heavy oak. This is one of our favorite configurations – it’s neither flashy nor overly-modest, making great use of materials that are equally at home outside, as they’re welcome within. The sizeable slab of slate, stretching out of the surround plants the stove in unity with its black cast iron build. The olive green walls are a calming addition (as if any greater calm were required!) creating a fireplace that promises to warm the cockles and sooth the senses. Wonderful.
Brick Where Others Haven’t Dared
This full brick surround is in slight kilter with the plush soft-furnishing but demonstrates how homely bare brick can be. The cream gloss of the stove is a masterstroke, breaking with the traditional black, and bringing a distinctly warm palette of tonal calm to this lovely living-room that looks lived in and welcoming. The hearth is an aged plank of driftwood lovingly restored. The string lighting haloing the driftwood adds yet another layer of warming mellow to this haven of calm and tranquility. The plastered wall above the fireplace prevents the rusticity of the brick from over-powering this well-balanced harem of tasteful elegance. We could move into this comfy palace straight away. Welcoming.
A celebration of the basic brick – bringing outside aesthetics to the beating heart of the home, evoking peace, restfulness, and a sense of historical context. We love how brick is used in a variety of forms – from the patterned, the painted, and the plain, to lift a living room to new heights of welcome. What are your thoughts? Let us know, and don’t forget to see what your friends think as well.