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It has always been fascinating when people cozy up in a stone fireplace in their living rooms. Having this installed in your modern farmhouse living areas will involve a huge ton of planning and actual work but all the efforts will be worth it once this renovation has been carried out. Whether this fireplace will be big or small, this will be a noticeable change when you walk into your room. So you better pick the right material that will make this standout feature worth it.

There are various materials that you can choose from but using natural stones will be your best option because of its timeless appearance. As it is bound to draw eyes from anyone, making it with the utmost regard for its appearance will be a good starting point in working out a design plan for this project.

LIME STONE

JCD Custom Home Design

Open concept with a limestone fireplace and tall oak shelves as a centerpiece.

POLISHED

Christian Dean Architecture LLC

This limestone is polished and honed. It’s clean lines pull the simple furniture together.

LIMESTONE SLAB

Montey Collins Interior Design

The centerpiece of this room is a limestone slab. It brings the floor and decor all together.

CONCRETE

Cortney Bishop Design

This floor to ceiling concrete fireplace adds color to the room and it matches the patio doors.

RIVER ROCK

Kate Jackson Design

The river rock was carefully stacked by hand. The beige stones really add great texture to the room.

MOSS ROCK

JLF & Associates Inc

The dark stone is the perfect color for the wood ceilings, dark floors, and brown leather chairs.

HARLOWTON

Peace Design

The dark and jagged Harlowton stone allows the owner to create a mountain cabin feel in the master.

ELDORADO STONE

Allen Guerra Architecture

The fireplace stone running up to the ceiling matches the windows. The stone has a great color.

CAMBRIAN BLEND

Curt Hofer & Associates

This twenty-five foot stone fireplace brings the elements of the walnut floors together with the beams.

CONCRETE PANELS

Ward Young Architecture & Planning

The fireplace is made of pre-poured concrete panels. They match the stained cement floors.

Why use natural stones?

When fall starts most families like to get cozy next to a roaring fire and if you want to recreate that comfort within your own living room, it will be best to get fireplace ideas from blogs of interior design experts. One option that you can never skip when building beautiful fireplaces is the use of natural stone. It is simply the most elegant and durable material around that can enhance your front yard fences as well as your living areas and room interiors. It has the ability to retain heat compared to other materials that you can use for this project.

Heat Retention

Fireplace stone should absorb, store, and radiate heat. Aside from being a focal piece of your interior, your fireplace should provide warmth. It is its main function so choosing a natural stone which can improve the efficiency will make your fireplace very useful. The warmth of the fire should radiate throughout your living space and this is made easier by the stones. Marble and limestone are quite good with heat absorption, while granite on the other hand is very useful with heat conduction. You can also use basalt and soapstone because they are particularly good with heat storage over a long period of time.

Long-lasting

Rustic fireplace designs are often built with natural stone because the facade is not easily outdated. Classical looking fireplaces made from stones are still extraordinarily long-lasting up to date. Even ancient buildings around the world will have a stone or two that survive while other construction materials fade and rot away. If you want to save more when constructing a fireplace, look into natural stones because they can last many lifetimes without losing their luster. If you want something that weathers beautifully over time, picking up a limestone for your project will be the perfect answer.

Affordable Upkeep

When you have a stone fireplace in your living room you will not have a headache with its upkeep because it is exceptionally easy to maintain. You can simply give it a wipe with a cloth every now and then to keep it looking new, no need to call in a team of cleaners. However, if you have a marble fireplace, you might need to seal the material because soot and dirt might settle in. Sealing the marble will not cost you a lot and it can over the years. So regardless of the stone that you will be using for your living room enhancement project, you will spend more time enjoying it rather than trying to maintain it.

Durability

A fireplace design made from natural stone is known for being practically indestructible. It can be easily used to decorate your covered patios because of its ability to handle the normal wear and tear without falling apart. Stones are extremely resistant to water damage and mold so you can be assured that your fireplace will stay durable for a long period of time. When it is time to update your old brick fireplace or if you want to build a new one, natural stone will be your greenest choice because of its durability.

STONE VENEER

Mosaic Architects Boulder
Antique-Lueder is the color of this thin veneer. Highlighted with natural light from the windows.

ROUND SHAPE

John Kremer & Sons

The stone shaped precisely around the wall perfectly matches up the porcelain floor with the stone fireplace.

SANDSTONE

Krueger Architecture & Design

The color variations in the sandstone pull the decor and room together.

WHOLE WALL

Andrew Flesher Interiors

The complete stone wall helps bring the feel of nature outside to your home interior.

Stone Fireplace VS. Brick Fireplace

Whether it’s the decorative statement a white stone fireplace adds appeals to you because it creates warmth into your house. Over the years, fireplaces have become very popular additions to homes not just because of decorative effect but also because it adds value to a home, especially when located in the living rooms or master’s bedroom. The choice of whether to use brick or stone for your fireplace design depends largely on the first impression that you want to create. However, there are other factors that will ultimately help you decide between these two materials.

Installation

Bricks have consistent shape and size so it will be easier to calculate the number of materials needed for the fireplace. Its geometric uniformity also makes the installation process simpler compared to the random sizes and shapes of natural stones. Since it is easier you can leave the work to one person which can allow you to save labor costs.

The unique quality of stones will make the installation more labor-intensive. You will need to take extra care in choosing the materials because of their shape and size. An additional process of cutting and chipping the stones to fit the other surrounding stone might be needed. Looking for someone experienced with stone installation will make the process easier but might add additional costs to your expenses. The whole installation process can be more expensive than when constructing a brick fireplace but you can choose domestic types of stone to lessen it.

Costs

Brick materials are far less expensive than natural stones. But if you will be using reclaimed bricks for a more vintage effect it will be more costly than using new brick. If you really want to achieve a more rustic looking interior, you can use bricks from your old brick walls at home. Bricks are sold by the unit while natural stones are sold by weight, so you will end up paying more when you buy natural stones. Even the variety of mass-produced cast stones are more costly than bricks, but you might be able to save some bucks because they are less expensive than natural stones. These manufactured stones are lighter and its size and shape are more predictable so installation can be a bit easier. If you really want to use stone for your fireplace this material will serve as a good alternative for you.

Although you will pay more when you choose a stone fireplace over brick, this can last for years which is a good investment because it will add more appeal to your house in the event that you decide to sell it.

OPEN ROOM

Rustic Brick & Fireplace

The large stone surround highlights the angle of the stone. The windows give you views of the lake.

STONE & STEEL

Six Walls Interior Design

The gray veneer stone is combined with black steel. The look breaks up the wall of stone.

CRAFTSMAN

Cornerstone Architects

The sandstone place around the dark wood. The shelves and cabinets bring it together.

OUTDOOR

Liz Harris McKee Properties

The outdoor stone fireplace is the centerpiece of this extended living space.

GRANITE

Earth & Water LLC

The tall fireplace has a black granite stone piece to drawl your eyes to the ceiling.

DARK RUSTIC

Pinnacle Mountain Homes

The Glass dormer shows off the beauty of the fireplace. The stone completes the look

Appearance

Choosing between using stone or brick for your fireplace always starts with the design factor. Both materials are able to exude an air of warmth to the room but the stone’s edge over the use of brick is its natural aesthetic. It gives the room an atmosphere of oneness with nature especially when the house is located in a place closer to nature.

Homeowners who want to achieve a more contemporary interior will often settle with bricks because of its wide variety of colors and textures. This variety allows the designer a lot of opportunities to enhance any type of room interior so you can also use it for any classic or traditional houses. The trickier part of designing a brick fireplace will be its standard sizes and limited patterns, this factor will challenge a person who desires to exhibit his personality in his home interior. On the other hand, natural stones can easily blend into a room’s decor because of its closer to natural shades.

TRENDY

3rd Eye Studios

The narrow but tall fireplace creatively uses the windows to help deliver the magnificent views.

DRYSTACK

Rectangle Design Inc

The stone helps bring your eye up towards the chandelier. It has painted wood to finish the ends.

STAINLESS

Claudia Leccarcorvi

The stainless steel hearth and mantel blend nicely with the stone and big tiles above.

URBAN FEELING

Sharon Crudele, IDS,

The reclaimed trusses and shiplap above the shelves bring the fireplace together.

PORCELAIN

Solcorp Developments

Porcelain highlighted in the middle of the stone. The reclaimed floors and chandelier match the tile.

ARCH FIREPLACE

Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc

The stone fireplace has a beautiful arch that makes your eyes follow the arches in the ceiling trusses.

MEDIEVAL

The VSI Group

The large brick stone fireplace creates a unity that brings the ceiling framing and wood floors together.

TELLURIDE STONE

D.E. Rink Construction

The floating shelves highlight the wood mantel. The dark stone matches the floors and walls.

HERRINGBONE

Jeffrey Dungan Architects

The herringbone detail bring the stone and limestone surround together.

CONTRAST

Legacy Custom Homes

The the black stone is perfect for showing off the detail on this white fireplace.

WOOD STORAGE

AG&M Austin (Architectural Granite & Marble)
The wood storage is a perfect built-in feature for this textured stone fireplace.

STEP STONE

Lands End Development Designers & Builders

The stone fireplace also acts as a set of steps up to this cabin’s loft.

FAUX FIREPLACE

Eldorado Stone

The faux fireplace is the best way to bring s stone fireplace in a room that cant have a real one.

WHITE STONE

Cornerstone Architects

The white stone helps the room feel bigger. the wood beams and mantel match the wood ceiling.

DIFFERENT STONE

Crystal Creek Homes

The different types of stone help bring the floor and ceiling together.

TUSCAN

Childress Interiors, Inc.

This Tuscan feel bring the stone up to fabulous woodwork on the ceiling.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Natural stone or cast stone is definitely a material that you can use for your fireplace. It can also be used in beautifying other parts of the house like porches and patios. It will make your fireplace design turn in a grander way and make it acquire more character. May it be made from granite, marble, travertine, slate, and limestone, your fireplace will look great beyond the years as long as you are able to properly maintain it. 

When deciding on the material for your fireplace, consider the effect that the installation will have on the overall atmosphere of the room. Go for materials that are of high quality to save more money in the long run. Never attempt to do it by yourself unless you are a professional because problems might arise in the middle of doing the project, this situation will cost you more than hiring a professional from the very start. The long term effect of the stone fireplace into your house will carry on memories of warmth and family time so consider it as one possible renovation opportunity that you can do in the future.