Since the dawn of civilization, gathering around a fire has been a way to keep bodies warm and spirits high. The following 20 fireplaces span the style spectrum but provide a sense of comfort that’s universal. Let us know in the Comments which ones warm your heart.
2. The floor-to-ceiling surround covered in charred wood planks provides stark visual contrast to the white walls in this Boise, Idaho, living room by Gardner Homes. The Sputnik-style chandelier stands out dramatically against the black backdrop.
3. The fireplace in this Portland, Oregon, living room by M.O.Daby Design features a surround in a soft textured plaster finish. To the right, a Douglas fir cabinet with pocket doors conceals a TV. A seating nook on the left provides a nice spot for reading by the fire.
4. Above the gas fireplace, a framed photograph of actor Daniel Craig as James Bond adds to the swanky vibe of this Orlando, Florida, living room built by E2 Homes. A trio of ebonized wood bands wraps the overmantel for even more drama.
5. An intricately carved limestone fireplace provides a classic anchor for this colorful Chicago living room designed by Jasmin Reese Interiors. The wallpapered ceiling and antique green glass chandelier are other highlights of the space.
6. The dramatic fireplace in this Seattle living room by Allison Lind Interiors features a surround covered in floor-to-ceiling wood planks laid vertically and covered in high-gloss black paint. The walls flanking the fireplace are covered in grasscloth.
8. This coastal chic living room in Los Angeles by Alison White Homes features a concrete fireplace surround and an overmantel covered in shiplap. A pair of built-ins flanking the fireplace provide convenient storage.
9. The panels of cold-rolled steel above the mantel in this Salt Lake City living room by Habitations Residential Design Group create the perfect backdrop to help the TV above the fireplace blend into the background.
10. This Chicago living room by Cari Giannoulias Design features a marble fireplace surround flanked by built-in bookcases. A pair of vintage Murano glass sconces above the fireplace flank an original framed photograph by Burk Uzzle, taken at the Woodstock music festival in 1969.
11. This serene Charleston, South Carolina, living room designed by Margaret Donaldson Interiors is awash in natural shades, including the limestone fireplace surround, the cream-toned walls and the painting of a ship shrouded in fog above the mantel.
12. The gas fireplace set into the wood-paneled wall in this California living room by Wolfgang Pichler Design is positioned between a pair of large windows with desert views. A built-in TV above the fireplace completes the scene.
14. The fireplace wall in this Michigan home by Falcon Custom Homes separates the living room on one side and the cozy den seen here. A pair of black leather armchairs in front of the two-sided fireplace is an ideal spot for reading.
15. This San Francisco living room by Lisa Bakamis Interior Design mixes traditional architecture, with its wood-paneled walls and original fireplace, and contemporary design, with its velvet chaises and eclectic ottomans.
16. The dramatic floor-to-ceiling fireplace surround in this Mill Valley, California, living room by designer Tineke Triggs is made of waxed gray leather. The glam gold chandelier pops against the dark gray surround.
17. The traditional fireplace in this New York living room by Ben Herzog is flanked by built-in bookshelves with glass doors. The books provide pops of color and interest in the stylishly subdued space.
19. The fireplace wall in this contemporary Montana home by Faure Halvorsen Architects was made using board-formed concrete. A flat-screen TV is built into the fireplace surround to the left of the hearth.
20. The fireplace surround covered in three-dimensional wood-look tiles adds instant drama to this eclectic Boston living room by Dane Austin Interior Design. The wallpapered walls and bold blue trim are other highlights of the space.