For us here in Minnesota, we’re no stranger to cold weather. Yet, there’s also so much to enjoy during the fall and winter season. While a fireplace is common in many homes, too often it’s just that – a fireplace with nothing else. In today’s post, we’ve gathered together 13 fireplace accent wall ideas to get your inspiration wheels turning. With the right design, the winter won’t feel nearly as long.
Modern Fireplace Feature Wall Ideas
1. Fireplace Accent Wall Built-Ins and Shelves
A simple display of artwork can be stunning, but why not incorporate an array of shelves to display your favorite things? From travel mementos to wedding photos, sculptures to a beloved book collection, having a space to showcase your most loved tchotchkes above your fireplace will make this space a favorite in the house and encourage plenty of conversation.
Our client’s family farm’s bull skull, and other collected treasures create a full wall of interest in an effective way on this fireplace accent wall. A stone wall fireplace surround finishes this modern look in the perfect way. / Design by Carla Bast
This cozy fireplace prioritizes the owners’ artwork and personal mementos with built-in display shelves of rustic wood. / Design by Carla Bast Design
Close up details of this fireplace accent wall with open shelves include different materials of rolled steel, reclaimed wood, and dark charcoal accent color. / Design by Carla Bast Design
Basement Fireplace with TV Ideas
Most often, basements include an oversized TV and a fireplace for entertaining, watching the game, or family movie night. It’s important to balance both where they can share the attention.
In this basement fireplace and TV wall design, we installed a TV over the mantel to allow the fireplace to be the focal point.
2. Fireplace with TV Above Mantel
Paired with display shelves, the built-in cabinets in this fireplace feature wall allow the owners to easily tuck away any clutter or mess, keeping the space free from clutter. / Design by Carla Bast
3. Fireplace with Projector Screen and Flat-screen TV
Alternatively, when the big game is the focus, a projector screen discreetly mounted in the ceiling is lowered, and the fireplace can still be enjoyed simultaneously. This design would be a great way to incorporate an electric fireplace instead of a gas fireplace.
In this entertainment-rich space, a fireplace accent wall incorporates plenty of shelf space to allow for the display of photos, books, and more. / Design by Carla Bast Design
4. Built-In Seating on a Fireplace Accent Wall
Who says that fireplace seating has to be contained to a sofa and armchairs? Why not let your fireplace hearth double up as additional seating? Adding a raised hearth that stretches in front of the fire, is an excellent addition to a family room. You not only create interest in the space, but people can easily gather around together, and the overall design and layout of your living space stays exactly how you intended.
Stone wrapped built out shelving creates balance with this Modern Farmhouse basement TV wall design. / Design by Carla Bast Design
The TV usually gets the focus in today’s lifestyle, especially in the basement! We love placing the fireplace off-center. It makes room for a large Tv or full-scale TV projection area to showcase the big game or host a movie night. While it’s possible to place the TV directly above the fireplace, it’s usually not recommended due to the size and the height of the TV. Who wants to always be looking up to view it?
An off-center two-sided fireplace in this feature wall design allows for easy TV viewing from all angles in the room. / Design by Carla Bast Design
An arched niche in this Transitional basement design provides ample room for a large TV. Additionally, the charcoal color not only makes the black TV disappear when not in use, but it tucks the TV out of the way allowing room for seating on the stone topped bench.
A close up of the two-sided fireplace shows the raised hearth built-in bench seat topped with large pieces of limestone. This design guarantees there is plenty of room for family and friends to sit together comfortably. / Design by Carla Bast Design
An asymmetrical design provides ample space for large-screened TVs as well as a fireplace to enjoy nearby. And no neck strain!
A two-sided fireplace can be enjoyed from all sides of this family room. Therefore, allowing for a cozy chair seating space. Although the TV is technically off-center, it is centered on the main seating and snack ledge. Perfect use of this basement’s various entertainment zones!
A two-sided off-center fireplace allows people to enjoy its warmth from all areas of the space. / Design by Carla Bast
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5. Fireplace Accent Wall with Mosaic Tile
A clean-lined modern mantel frames the mosaic marble tile and creates a focal point in this Transitional living room with a neutral color scheme. Windows and built-in storage balance this light and airy fireplace wall design with function and beauty.
Design by Carla Bast
6. Paneled Fireplace Accent Wall
An original mid-century design featured wood paneling across the entire wall. The new feature wall was given a fresh and dramatic coat of dark color and a new marble tile surround for a fresh new look in this living room. Paint is by far the easiest way to create a bold feature.
7. Shiplap Fireplace Wall
An easy way to update your existing fireplace is to install shiplap. This shiplap fireplace with mosaic tile surround creates a clean but textural look for this transitional family room. The rustic reclaimed wood mantel gives it just the right amount of warmth to tie in the new wood flooring and warm toned furniture.
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8. Painted Brick Fireplace Accent Wall
We created a completely different design by incorporating several unexpected features in this fireplace feature wall. Painting the existing outdated brick a creamy white, adding a rustic wood mantel and shelves, a new shiplap accent wall, and concrete look log storage display creates a cohesive fireplace feature wall in a modern farmhouse look design.
9. Fireplace Wall Cabinets for Storage
When it comes to function, incorporating storage solutions into a fireplace TV wall design is essential. Built-in cabinets provide both an overall polished look and a space where you can store components, extra remotes, kids’ toys, and books. An organized space to contain it all makes it so much easier to keep your home feeling clean and organized on a daily basis.
Tall built-in cabinets and white mantel add instant class to this fireplace and provide ample room for extra storage. A shiplap wall finishes out this beautiful fireplace design. / Design by Carla Bast Design
10. Linear Modern Fireplace with TV
If you like a design with a TV above the fireplace, consider a linear modern style fireplace. This style of fireplace does a couple things. For one, it allows the space for the TV above the fireplace without pushing to TV too high for viewing. Secondly, clearances are required above the fireplace for fire safety and to protect your mantel and TV from the heat.
A low and linear fireplace allows plenty of room for a large TV at an optimal height. / Design by Carla Bast Design
11. Contrasting Paint Color Fireplace Accent Wall
Simply painting the fireplace in a different color is all you need to really make it pop! This design mixes a playful use of bold color against clean white walls in a transitional fireplace mantel design. Adding a large piece of art is a simple way to tie together the color palette.
12. Wallpapered Accent Wall
On an otherwise blank wall, adding a modern black wallpaper wrapping the traditional fireplace from floor to ceiling creates the perfect bridge from classic to modern. The large mirror makes the space feel brighter and lighter.
13. Classic Stone Fireplace with Modern Touches
A centered stone fireplace is a classic feature in this transitional style living room with high ceilings. Neutral stone in varying shades of grey, brown and cream, anchor the two-story fireplace wall. Rich brown wood mantel tying together with the ceiling beams creates a dramatic view from the front of the home.
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By customizing your fireplace accent wall to exactly what you and your family need, it will become a place of entertainment and refuge that matches perfectly to your lifestyle. Love curling up with a book and some quiet background music? Focus on the storage and display elements of this wall. Prefer a weekend movie marathon? Make a TV a major piece of your design.
Whatever your dream space looks like, a fireplace feature wall can fulfill it.