21 Gorgeous Spaces Warmed by Fireplaces

As the days grow colder, the desire to gather around the fire grows stronger. Take a peek at these well-appointed rooms featuring extraordinary sculptural and historic fireplaces.

Consort took a thoughtful approach to designing the nearly all-white spaces in this Hollywood home, noting that they “used contrast, texture and tonality to bring warmth and personality to the bright spaces, creating rooms that are at once refreshing and peaceful,” according to the firm.

Photo by Laure Joliet

Michael Aiduss selected a circa-1940 Murano glass chandelier from Lee Calicchio for this living room at Westerleigh, a 39,000-square-foot new-build mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, inspired by the grand English architecture of Sir Edwin Lutyens. A work by Hiro Yokose holds pride of place over a mantel designed by Aiduss and made in London.

Photo by George Ross

Cullman & Kravis worked to revitalize this 1931 landmarked house in Palm Beach and infuse it with a “tremendous sense of fun,” the designers say of the project. “The design mantra was ‘If you love it, it will work,’ and the result is a collection of eclectic and modern interiors.”

Photo by Eric Piasecki

A pair of Gio Ponti wingback chairs flank the fireplace in this Charlotte, North Carolina, home by Barrie Benson Interior Design.

Photo by Brie Williams

The 18th-century fireplace in Chateau du Grand-Lucé is original to the home, and it is surrounded by a mural painted by Jean-Baptiste Pillement, one of Marie Antoinette’s official painters. Flanking the fireplace are matching Pierre Frey–upholstered sofas by Timothy Corrigan, who also designed the interiors.

Photo by Eric Piasecki

The stone fireplace is original to this 15th-century tower on an island off Croatia, which was built as a fortress. Lucien Roberts of Rees Roberts & Partners decorated the space and owns the tower with his architect husband, Steven Harris. Roberts also designed the travertine and chrome side table, and the 1940s rush seat chair is by Charlotte Perriand.

Photo by Scott Frances / OTTO

The fireplace mantel and ceramic tile are original to this 1901 landmark residence in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Sheila Bridges designed the rooms as well as the custom furniture, and the chandelier is from Eileen Lane Antiques.

Photo by Dana Meilijson

A massive stone fireplace designed by architect Peter Bohlin is the focal point of this rustic modern living room in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania. Stephen Shadley designed the interiors, including the sectional sofa and coffee table. The mid-century ceramic lamp is from Wyeth, and the custom rug is by Edward Fields.

Photo by David Glomb

This London home by Wendy Nicholls of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler features a fireplace designed by the firm, which is lined with antique pictorial Delft tiles by Whichford Pottery and fitted with an antique Godin-style stove. The Colefax & Fowler banquette is covered in a Pierre Frey fabric.

Photo by Colefax & Fowler

In a chalet designed by Marion Lichtig, leather club chairs with nailhead trim flank a French 19th-century fireplace purchased from an antiques dealer in London.

Photo by David Loftus

Designer Ashley Hicks created this unconventional carved-wood and painted-plaster fireplace, which he calls “Brothers,” in the living room of his Oxfordshire country home. He also designed and produced all the other furniture, including a mirror he made with branches found on his property, three monkeys he sculpted from clay and a red x-frame ottoman.

Photo by Ashley Hicks

Italian Rococo bookcases flank the fireplace in this drawing room by Robert Couturier. An elaborate frieze, based on a 16th-century French motif, was hand-painted on the walls by Paulin Pâris.

Photo by Gianni Franchellucci

This rich red living room styled by Tim Gosling of Gosling Ltd., features an Egyptian Revival French Empire fire fender. A painting of the Thames at night hangs over the mantle, which includes a statuette of Diana of Gabii and a pair of Egyptian Revival Ormolu candlesticks from Guinevere Antiques.



Designer Jan Showers wanted to show off the homeowners’ collection of art and antiques in their London townhouse, so she hung their Andy Warhol print of Goethe above the mantel. Marco Zanuso chairs are situated in front of the fireplace.

Photo by Kate Martin

For a weekend home in Watermill, New York, Huniford Design Studio furnished the living room with a mix of antique, vintage and bespoke pieces, including a Huniford Collection Reade sofa covered in gray herringbone Maharam fabric. Huniford also created the installation above the fireplace, which was modeled after Donald Judd.

Photo by Stephen Kent Johnson

This house in Westport, Connecticut, is a new-build by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, but the structural details, including the octagonal wooden ceiling and wide brick fireplace, make the home feel like it’s been there for decades.

Photo by Peter Aaron / OTTO

A pair of round mirrors and Miyak étagères by Therien Studio Workshops bound the fireplace in this Napa Valley, California, home by the Wiseman Group. A 1970s chrome-plated Paul Evans cocktail table sits in front of the Bergamo-upholstered sofa.

Photo by Matthew Millman

An 18th-century French fireplace is the focal point of this wood-lined Malibu living room by Martyn Lawrence Bullard. A bronze coffee table by Robert Kuo sits between a pair of blue Bullard-designed Belvedere sofas.

Photo by Roger Davies

The paneled library in this 1760s Connecticut home, which was rebuilt by Allan Greenberg Architect after it was destroyed by an electrical fire, features a massive stone fireplace topped with hurricane lamps.

Photo by Jonathan Wallen

The dining room of designer David Kleinberg’s 1925 Upper East Side home features lacquered chinoiserie wall panels and large mirrors behind the fireplace.

Photo by Pieter Estersohn

The drawing room of designer Nicky Haslam’s London apartment features a brown marble fireplace with a tall matching surround, which showcases surrealist artwork. A Giacometti-esque chandelier hangs over the space.

Photo by Simon Upton