10 Midcentury Fireplaces That Are Heating Things Up

If you ask us, cool weather is the perfect excuse to get cozy. And what better way to heat things up — both literally and figuratively — than with a crackling fire? That's easy: A crackling fire in a midcentury fireplace. In case you didn't notice, we're like moths to a flame when it comes to this classic style. Not to mention, this hot piece of decor will make a mesmerizing focal point. Scroll on to feast your eyes on a little sizzling hearth inspo.

1. Ramp up contrasts.

You can't go wrong with a tile fireplace surround. In the case of this Seattle home designed by Deering Design Studio, gray makes a bold statement against white walls. An area rug and colorful throw pillows tie the look together.

2. Or, infuse rustic charm.

Designed by Jessica Helgerson, the wood-burning fireplace and high wood ceilings of this remodeled home inject a double dose of farmhouse charm. The Eames lounge chair, coupled with a massive window that lets in tons of natural light, just sends our hearts aflutter.

3. Add a splash of color.

Karen from Destination Eichler transformed this 1950s home into a midcentury dream. The navy blue, tile-clad fireplace surround is sleek and chic, while white furniture and accessories really pop against the light wood flooring and lush green foliage in the backyard.

4. Incorporate shelving units.

White tile, black accents, and light wood set the stage in this striking living room. Austin Design Associates makes brilliant use of the space on either side of the midcentury fireplace with built-in shelving units. Asymmetry keeps things interesting.

5. Skip the mantel.

This midcentury fireplace proves that a mantel isn't a must. The team at Hundred Mile House chose a floor-to-ceiling black brick surround which lends warmth and drama, while allowing the post-and-beam construction and unique pieces of decor to really shine.

6. You can't go wrong with soothing neutrals.

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This walnut entertainment center perfectly frames the neutral fireplace surround in this midcentury home. The combination of a soothing palette, timeless furniture, and the picturesque views create a highly relaxing environment. All that's missing is a nice glass of wine.

7. Infuse personality.

This sunny Australian family room reads cozy and inviting with plenty of personality. Quirky extras — like unique art, rowing oars, and a copper canopy fireplace, plus a lush snake plant and yellow shag throw — infuse a major dose of bohemian flair.

8. Use a double-sided fireplace as a divider.

A double-sided, tile clad fireplace brings warmth into both the living and dining spaces of this California abode designed by Lewis/Schoeplein Architects. Midcentury details — such as sunburst wall decor, sculptural pendant lights, and Eames dining chairs — reinforce the retro vibe without feeling outdated.

9. Take a minimalist approach.

This California casa designed by Charles de Lisle radiates a modern, minimalist interpretation of midcentury style. Subtle Scandi touches come through in the muted palette featuring a white brick fireplace, warm wood accents, and pastel upholstery.

10. Steal Danish design elements.

This living room's freestanding Malm fireplace is emblematic of midcentury design, but the modern white finish exudes Scandi style. Freshly chopped wood, a sheepskin throw, and oversize poster prints round out the sophisticated aesthetic.