Get Inspired: Warmth and Style of Indoor Fireplace Design

Indoor fireplace faced with natural stone


With the lower temperatures of winter, cozy nights snuggled up inside by the fire sounds alluring. While fireplaces are great for warmth, they can also be a gorgeous focal point of any home or living space. There are a number of building materials for homeowners to use to design and build an indoor fireplace, but what you ultimately pick will depend on your style and functionality needs. Not only can a fireplace be a focal point in your home, but it can also serve as a point of extension for an accent wall to add to your interior design. Choose from natural or manufactured stone veneer, or brick in a variety of colors and sizes to set the tone for your space.

Traditional Elegance with Brick

Brick is known for its durability and ability to withstand time and wear, providing an ageless and classic look. The warm, earthy tones of brick add a touch of coziness to any space. Brick’s low maintenance, high-quality, and heat retention qualities make it a practical and popular option for an indoor fireplace. A brick fireplace can be built with full sized or faced with thin brick veneer like our Slimbrick. Choose from a variety of colors, textures, finishes, and sizes for your indoor fireplace surround.

Brick Veneer

Red brick faces a modern indoor fireplace
Red brick faces a modern indoor fireplace.

Beauty of Natural Stone

Natural stone siding, crafted from materials like granite, basalt, limestone, or slate, is a perfect choice for anyone looking to add a touch of nature in their living space. Since natural stone veneer is made from quarried, real stone it retains the natural characteristics and varied appearance of the original authentic stone. Add versatility to your space with the many different texture, color, and size options of natural stone. A stone veneer fireplace can be customized to fit various styles from rustic to modern to contemporary, whether you prefer a full sized or a thin stone veneer. Real stone veneer products are heavier than and tend to be more expensive than manufactured stone veneer, however, they are known for their durability and ability to withstand the elements.

Stone Veneer

Functionality of Manufactured Stone

If you like the look of stone veneer but want something that is easier to install and handle, and is more cost effective, then you will want to consider manufactured stone. Manufactured stone veneer is man-made to replicate the appearance and texture of natural stone. Since it is man-made and lighter, it will likely have more color and texture uniformity than real stone panels. Choose from one of the many Cultured Stone full-sized options like Limestone, mixed size options like Sculpted Ashlar, or thin Ledgestone options. For a more modern look, consider Eldorado Products. Additionally, both of these products come with a 50-year warranty.

White ledgestone from Cultured Stone faces a modern indoor fireplace
White ledgestone from Cultured Stone faces a modern indoor fireplace.

No matter what type of stone or brick that you pick, Mutual Materials has a variety of options in a number of colors, textures, and sizes. Transform a functional fire feature into a design centerpiece by carefully choosing the building materials that best align with your taste and design choices. Whether you are looking to add curb appeal or your own unique look to your home, take your time selecting the materials that will help you create the home of your dreams!

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