Fireplace Feature Walls

How to Design a Fireplace to Embrace the Winter Season

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Minnesota is no stranger to cold weather. Yet, even though the months after the holidays can sometimes feel endless, there’s also so much to enjoy during this season.

Enter in the fireplace feature wall. While a fireplace is commonplace in many Minnesota homes, too often it’s just that – a fireplace with nothing else. Perhaps a mantel is added to the mix, or a piece of beautiful artwork. But the importance of  transforming this area of your home into something that is both stylish and functional cannot be overstated. In today’s post, we’ve gathered together our favorite ways to create a fireplace feature wall to get your inspiration wheels turning. We guarantee that with the right design, the winter won’t feel nearly as long.

Shelves for Display 

A simple display of artwork can be stunning, but why not incorporate an array of shelves to display all of 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 instantly make this space a favorite in the house. Plus, when you have guests over, it’s bound to encourage plenty of conversation.

This cozy fireplace feature wall prioritizes the owners’ artwork and personal mementos with built-in display shelves on either side of the fireplace. / Design by Sneak Peek Design
This cozy fireplace prioritizes the owners’ artwork and personal mementos with built-in display shelves of rustic wood. / Design by Carla Bast Design
In this entertainment-rich space, a fireplace feature wall incorporates plenty of shelf space to allow for the display of photos, books, and more. / Design by Sneak Peek Design
In this entertainment-rich space, a fireplace feature wall incorporates plenty of shelf space to allow for the display of photos, books, and more. / Design by Carla Bast Design

Built-In Seating

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? By building a raised hearth that stretches in front of the fire, you not only create interest in the space, but people can easily gather around together and the overall design and layout of your living area stays exactly how you intended.

By building a dual-function bench seat and hearth, this fireplace feature wall provides ample guest seating during gatherings. / Design by Sneak Peek Design
Stone wrapped shelving balances out the design on this Modern Farmhouse basement TV wall design. /Design by Carla Bast Design
A fireplace feature wall that utilizes a built-in bench seat as its hearth guarantees there is plenty of room for family and friends to sit together comfortably. / Design by Sneak Peek Design
A close up of the two-sided fireplace shows the built-in bench seat as its hearth. This design guarantees there is plenty of room for family and friends to sit together comfortably. / Design by Carla Bast Design
Complete with a full-scale bar, game area, and TV zone, this finished basement uses an off-center fireplace to allow people to enjoy its warmth from all areas of the space.
A two-sided off-center fireplace allows people to enjoy its warmth from all areas of the space.

Love this basement design? Get the finishes and fixture details on our Maple Grove Design.

Off-Center Fireplace Warmth (TV Focus)

The TV usually gets the focus in today’s lifestyle. But, while it’s definitely possible to place it directly above the fireplace, it’s usually not recommended due to the height. 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.

An off-center fireplace in this feature wall design allows for easy TV viewing from all angles in the room. / Design by Sneak Peek Design
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

Cabinets for Storage Solutions

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 white cabinets add instant class to this fireplace feature wall and provide ample room for extra storage. / Design by Sneak Peek Design
Tall built-in white cabinets add instant class to this fireplace and provide ample room for extra storage. / Design by Carla Bast Design
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 neat and organized. / Design by Sneak Peek Design
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 neat and organized. / Design by Carla Bast Design

By customizing this area 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. So, gather those ideas together and give us a call. We’d love to help you create a room that makes winter fly by in a flash.

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By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Carla Bast Design

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