Fabulous Fireplaces for Any Style

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Fabulous Fireplaces for Any Style
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Whether you're designing your own dream fireplace, or you're just in the mood for a little heart-warming inspiration, ignite your creativity with these hot hearths and fanciful facades.

Classic, Cozy and Traditional
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Classic, Cozy and Traditional

Not all fireplaces are created equal. “There are two main types of fireplaces,” says Brad Coleman, general contractor with 30 years of fireplace building under his belt. “The first type is a masonry fireplace made out of brick, or brick-like materials, put together piece by piece. In most older homes, this is what you’ll see.”

Fab Prefab
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Fab Prefab

"The second type of fireplace is 'prefab,'" Coleman says. "Prefab," or "prefabricated," fireplaces, like this one, are manufactured metal fireplaces that are built right into the wall. From there, you build your "facade," the outward facing part of your fireplace out of anything from brick to river rock.

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll
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A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll

He wants rustic wood, she wants river rock. It's the typical story of boy meets girl, meets fireplace. How does the story end? With a compromise, of course! This seamless integration of stone and wood reminds us how classy compromise can be.

Minimalist
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Minimalist

The clean lines of this minimalist fireplace are what give it that "cutting edge" look we love so much. If you're looking for an equally minimalist list of expenses, this one's also a winner. As far as facades go, this is one of the least expensive options. "If you're trying to get the most basic and clean-line possible," Coleman says, "the surround can be drywall or plaster." Anyone up for a trip to The Home Depot?

Old Fashioned and Fanciful
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Old Fashioned and Fanciful

Okay, you caught us. This is technically a "wood-burning stove," but in the age of electric, gas and all-in-one ovens, this gem doesn't really have a place among our appliances anymore. Really, though, even if we don't use it to boil tea or toast bread, this is still a fully functioning fireplace, and should be enjoyed as such.

Tall, Dark and Handsome
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Tall, Dark and Handsome

It's hard to go wrong with stone. Whether you go for hand carved lime stone (the high end) or imitation ashlar (the lower end), stone brings a lot of texture to the facade family.

Back to the Future
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Back to the Future

Built like an old-fashioned fireplace, but shrouded in a futuristic looking eggshell, we're not sure if we'd call this "avant garde, modern" or "adorably antiquated." Regardless, we love everything from the standalone grate to the gold "chimney." We definitely want one in our future beach house.

Freestyle Tile
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Freestyle Tile

This mosaic-like facade does double-duty -- it's both decorative and "non-combustible." When picking out (or fantasizing about) your prefab fireplace, remember that building codes require that the opening is protected with "non-combustible" materials. In addition to being fireproof, tile (like stone) comes in many different shapes, styles and prices, so you can customize both based on your style and your budget.

The Strong, Silent Type
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The Strong, Silent Type

If you know that the rest of your room is going to be brightly colored or heavily decorated, an understated fireplace might be the the perfect piece to tie it all together. Take this retrograde wooden outfit, for example -- we're drawn to it's sturdiness and simplicity. Not only will it gracefully transition between all of our redecorating whimsies, it will look good next to just about any paint color.

Ornate: Chiseled Beams and Stunning Features
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Ornate: Chiseled Beams and Stunning Features

This is another great "fake it till you make it" fireplace facade. If you can't afford an intricately carved mantel made of marble or stone, this is an excellent time to invest in man-made imitation stone, or "veneers."

Functional and Fabulous
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Functional and Fabulous

We're not sure we could find a place for this in the living room, but it's definitely ideal for a back patio. And for roasting marshmallows. Who's up for s'mores?

Lustrous Log Cabin
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Lustrous Log Cabin

We're absolutely drooling over this one. In part because it reminds us of a pizza oven, but also because it's rare to see a fireplace that so boldly rebuffs the traditional facade. Remember, as long as it follows the "non-combustible" building codes, you can think outside of the (fire)box when daydreaming about your facade.

Understated Elegance
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Understated Elegance

Here is an example of true masonry, where you can see (and count!) the bricks that form the fireplace. Not too long ago, someone built this with their bare hands. Isn't that romantic? While laying your own brick is a much larger task to be tackled another day (with the help of trained professionals), we can still dream of that day while fantasizing about our future facade.

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