15 Painted Brick Fireplaces That Radiate Coziness
We’re talking #fireplacegoals.
IMHO, the best part about cooler weather is the coziness that accompanies the chilly nights — furry blankets, hot drinks and a crackling fire. The fireplace, which sits sad and silent for so much of the year, comes to life in all its blazing glory, and suddenly all is right in the world.
As the nights progressively grow colder, I can’t help but anticipate my first fire of the year. Right now, the anticipation is making me a little bit fireplace-obsessed. I can’t get enough of painted brick fireplaces. They’re fresh and stylish yet classic and timeless. Check out 15 of my favorites, and prepare for some major #fireplaceenvy.
White Painted Fireplace With Mint Green Bookshelves
This brick fireplace is given a stylish look with painted white brick and mint green accents. A black and white family photo hangs above with smaller framed photos placed on the mantel and bookshelves. Not only does it look more modern and brighter, but it also invites you in to sit and look at photos or get cozy with a good book.
Mint shelves flank this painted white brick fireplace, lending a splash of color to the space. A matching mint green mantel ties the look together.
Creamy paint freshens up this old brick fireplace while still allowing its original character to shine through. Stacks of books add interest and color.
A rough-hewn wood mantel gives this painted brick fireplace a rustic feel. Metallic candleholders adorn the mantel, offsetting the rusticity with a glamorous touch.
White Brick Fireplace and Lantern Pendants
The brick fireplace and its chimney are large and, left in the original red, might feel imposing and out of date. But painted white, they look clean and contemporary and become an ideal backdrop for fun details like the lantern pendants.
Crisp, white paint helps this brick fireplace achieve a clean, minimalist look. Lantern pendants and beautiful wood floors create warmth.
The charcoal gray fireplace serves as a striking contrast to the bright, white walls in this stunning living area. A rough-hewn mantel brings attention to the natural texture of the painted bricks.
White Brick Fireplace With Rustic Mantel
The white brick fireplace gets lots of rustic charm and textural interest from the unfinished wood mantel. In front of the window, a sheer curtain allows for privacy while still letting in natural light.
A thick wood mantel breaks up the soft, clean look of this white brick fireplace, ensuring it’s a bedroom focal point.
Bright + All-White
Cozy Living Room With White Brick Walls & Fireplace
A transitional living room is softened by large comfortable seating and a lush Flokati rug. Giant windows bring the outdoors in, and the fireplace brings an added warmth and central focus to the space. A zebra-print chair is a punchy addition, and the TV makes this space an all-around perfect living space.
This white brick fireplace pairs with pretty, white furniture to create a living room that looks soft and snowy. Clean architectural lines offer a modern backdrop.
Bright & Cozy Modern Living Room
Four large windows fill this living room with plenty of natural light and frame the modern fireplace. Charcoal gray limestone surrounds the fireplace, while above the mantel, painted gray brick provides the backdrop for four floating shelves. Light oak flooring and a mix of modern furnishings complete the design.
Though this fireplace is actually limestone, painted gray brick towers above, creating a cohesive look. The rich, gray hues offset the room’s stark, white walls and soaring windows.
Cozy Living Room With White Brick Fireplace
As seen on HGTV’s Property Brothers, the focal point of this bright yet cozy living room is a brick fireplace with a white faux finish. The wood-and-metal coffee table and acacia wood flooring balance the more feminine, floral window treatments. Jonathan and Drew had the rose-colored mirror (a family heirloom of the homeowners) custom framed for the mantel.
White paint gives this brick fireplace a charming, timeworn look. Warm wood tones and colorful accessories make for an ultra-cozy space.
White Brick Fireplace With Wood Mantel
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines updated this double-sided fireplace by painting the brick bright white and adding a modern wood mantel. The adjacent dining area features floating wood shelves and a chalkboard wall for a cafe-like atmosphere.
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Crisp, white paint updates this double-sided fireplace for a contemporary look. A dark wood mantel provides contrast and a touch of rusticity.
Gray paint makes the brick fireplace coordinate seamlessly with the midcentury furniture in this seating area. Candles are always a great option for nonfunctioning fireplaces.
Add Some Shiplap
The shiplap paneling above this fireplace blends beautifully with the painted white brick below. A small wood mantel breaks up the all-white look.
Dark + Moody
A black accent wall and mantel make the white brick fireplace pop in this moody living room. The black-and-white combo pairs perfectly with the room’s gray walls and wood floors.
Charming Cottage Style
The white brick fireplace fits with the cottage aesthetic in this lovely living room. A classic gray mantel adds a traditional touch.
A redwood mantel lends a gorgeous punch of rusticity to this white brick fireplace. Fresh flowers add a feminine feel.
Tile Styles, Explained
With a wide range of styles, price points and applications available, the tile you choose for your fireplace surround can make or break its intended look. As this wall of styles at the Ann Sacks showroom at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center demonstrates, there's an option, color and material out there to fit any homeowner's taste.
Naxos, a white marble from Greece, is a great fit for glamorous fireplace surrounds. Commonly available with striated detail, Naxos adds both texture and subtle pattern, a great alternative to solid marble, which can result in a heavy, overly rich look. When striated marble is applied to a fireplace surround, it's best to minimize grout lines by choosing a shade identical to or similar to the color of the tile.
Handcrafted Crackle Brick
Subway tile has become a versatile modern classic since it fits effortlessly into almost any style of home; however, it's mainly used in wet spaces such as bathrooms, kitchens and powder rooms. For a similar look befitting of a fireplace, handcrafted crackle brick is a great choice. Available in sizes identical to or similar to ceramic subway tile, handcrafted ceramic crackle brick has a slightly imperfect look, offering a play on texture and a variation in color. To showcase the rough edges of the tile, use a grout similar to its coloring. When a contrasting grout is used, it will detract from the edges.
Metallic porcelain tile is excellent for bringing a modern, moody touch to a fireplace. Depending on the tile chosen, metallics are often installed without grout, instead butted up against one another for a seamless look. Since metallic porcelain smudges easily, it requires more cleaning and maintenance than other tiles. If grout is used with metallic tile, it's important to use un-sanded grout since sanded will scratch the surface.
Most woods are not recommended for use around a fireplace surround due to flammability. To bring a similar, fireproof look to a wall, consider wood-look porcelain tile. Available in planks, this adds the look and feel of wood to a fireplace surround without the danger associated with true lumber.
Sculptural Midcentury Ceramic
Midcentury modern architecture is known for geometric shapes, asymmetry and a heavy use of rounded edges. To bring a touch of midcentury style to a fireplace surround, consider sculptural midcentury ceramic. Once applied to a wall, it creates the look and feel of something one of a kind. Higher in cost (commonly offered between $50 and $80 per square foot), this can truly elevate a basic wall of sheet rock to high design stature.
A classic hit with designers and architects alike, white Carrara marble is a fit for almost any style of architecture or design. Available in the medium price point, Carrara can take on completely different characteristics depending on how it's finished. Honed Cararra often evokes more of a relaxed feeling, while polished tends to appear more glamorous or formal.
Hand-Painted Terra Cotta
Although terra-cotta tile has been a mainstay for homes in Mexico, the American Southwest, Southern California and South Florida, it's making its way into homes of all styles due to a recent update. Many tile manufacturers are now offering hand-painted terra-cotta tiles featuring modern, traditional, transitional, tribal and Southwestern patterns, which can add artisanal appeal to a fireplace surround. This tile is a great fit for homeowners interested in a casual look, especially since the imperfections and inconsistencies in each tile add to the eclectic, collected look.
Mosaic wall tile is typically found in linear patterns, but recently, manufacturers have started offering mosaics with elaborate shapes created in a style known as tesserae. This type of design is made by tightly fitting tiny pieces of stone together to create interesting, complex shapes, such as fish scale or damask. When adding tesserae mosaic to a fireplace surround, keep in mind how different scales of patterns read from far away and close up. In an extra-large great room, a small-scale pattern may simply appear cluttered and busy. Conversely, small fireplace surrounds covered in patterns with large repeats will end up cutting the pattern off, detracting from the intended look. Oftentimes, the best fit for a fireplace surround is a medium-scale pattern.
Dimensional Wood Panels
Similar to tongue-and-groove wood flooring, interlocking dimensional wood panels can add architectural interest to a fireplace surround. Available in a wide range of styles and popular with contemporary and midcentury modern homeowners, most dimensional wood panel systems are finished with a protective varnish that makes it safe for use around a fireplace.
Made to bring classic architectural accents to walls, floors and ceilings, architectural relief tiles are an excellent way to make a fireplace appear handmade and high-end. Popularly used in art deco and art nouveau interiors, the tiles are made of stoneware similar to that used for serving food, and they're fired at a higher temperature than other styles of tiles to allow for a range of peaks and valleys in the tile's color and shading. Created in kilns, architectural relief tiles are also known for uneven shadows and surfaces.