Creating an Inviting Living Room Around a Fireplace


Every 7 days, Mansion World-wide tackles a subject matter with an elite group of designers from about the globe who work on luxurious homes. This 7 days, we glimpse at recommendations for building all around your fire.

Fireplaces have been adorning properties for centuries. When there is the sensible ingredient of heating a dwelling, a fire also sets the tone for a room, kindling ambiance and conversation among persons.

“It is human mother nature to be attracted to a fireplace—the practical experience is warm, inspiring and luxurious,” claims Elliot March, co-founder of March and White Design in New York. 


From a common wooden mantle to a smooth surround, a hearth is likely the focal stage in a space. Mr. March suggests no matter the design, this architectural component is a normal centerpiece and beginning position for a room’s design and decor. 

We questioned several style and design pros for their views on making an inviting dwelling space all-around a fire, and here’s what they advised. 

Anchor the Space with Seating

“We always say that excellent layout is about persons, not properties. Know who will be working with the home and how they’ll use it, then design a welcoming expertise that connects with them emotionally. If a space functions a fireplace, it will be the coronary heart of that relationship.

“The method starts with the concept of anchoring a space—or a sequence of spaces—around the hearth. As Frank Lloyd Wright explained, ‘The hearth is the psychological center of the dwelling.’ Not only will the fireplace serve as a focal level, but it will also develop a basis for a seating grouping—and as a consequence, the way folks will have interaction with the place.”

— Elliot March of March and White Structure in New York

In this transitional living room by Inside Impressions, two industrial steel and glass cabinets flank a stone fireplace, framing a position for collectibles.


Mackenzie Merrill

Strike a Equilibrium with Designed-ins and Cabinets

“A fire wall is a robust way to make a visible affect in a place whilst preserving the place functional. My to start with rule of thumb is to always blend purpose with variety. Scale matters if you have large ceilings, perform into them. If you have a significantly large wall to participate in with, then use it all. I constantly assume about the mantel itself when developing, but the accessorizing of it transpires immediately after the bones of the place are total. 

“I appreciate working with normal stone for fireplaces it is a fantastic way to bring some dimension into a space. You want a little something with character and texture that will either fully stand out as a design statement of its possess or mix into the home obviously. 

“Furniture placement is crucial. Dependent on how huge your place is, you are going to want two couches or a extremely big sectional. It truly relies upon on the stream of the space, but in the end your purpose is to make a accumulating area in front of the fire where folks can love the warmth and coziness it delivers.


“Built-ins are a great chance to model and showcase stunning objects and include polish to a space, but quite a few consumers also want crafted-ins for excess storage, so I discover that a blend of open shelving with shut cupboards and drawers strikes this excellent harmony. Open up shelving is also pretty useful and can work properly in a variety of settings. Keep it particular: artwork, guides, or collectibles picked up from your travels are superior storytelling parts.”

— Amy Leferink, Owner and Principal Designer at Inside Impressions in Woodbury, Minnesota

Meg Lonergan prefers asymmetry when she accessorizes, shown in this eclectic home with an artwork grouping on one aspect of the fireplace and a window on the reverse wall.


Max B Photography

Attempt Asymmetry When Accessorizing

“It is crucial to be guaranteed that the fire encompass respects the integrity of the architecture, so when planning a hearth in a new construction dwelling, we make certain that it ‘fits’ with the rest of the residence. When performing with an present fireplace, substantially can be performed to update the surround to be certain that the stop glance is cohesive. 

“I like the look of a fire wall that isn’t wholly symmetrical. No matter if that’s employing and participating in up crafted-ins on a single aspect of the hearth or how the mantel is embellished, I like the visual heft of variance. A lacquered bookcase crafted-in following to a fireplace is a stand-out on its possess, in the very same way that a blank wall following to a hearth is a amazing place for groupings of smaller sized artwork. 

“I locate mantels more intriguing with much less accessories—and what add-ons are there, I like to be asymmetrical. Normally the artwork used higher than the mantel will dictate the smaller sized add-ons: a little piece of art paired with a larger sized decorative accent, or a significant piece of artwork with a set of more compact add-ons.”

— Inside Designer Meg Lonergan in Houston