6 Coastal Fireplace Ideas That We Wouldn't Mind Snuggling Up To

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There's more to coastal style than nautical motifs and seashells at every turn. In fact, you can skip those clichés altogether. Instead, go for a scheme that's equal parts laid-back and cozy, that will still result in the beach chic aesthetic you've been dreaming of. The secret? Establish a neutral backdrop, fill your space with textured materials (such as linen and sisal), and integrate a generous amount of natural finishes.

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Translating those distinct characteristics into the living room is easy enough, but when it comes to built-in features, such as the fireplace, a little more thought and creativity is in order. The key here is to make the structure double as a seamless extension of your decor, while allowing it to remain the focal point of the room. Ahead are six coastal fireplace ideas that channel the best of the seaside aesthetic.

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1. Rethink the mantel.

Reclaimed wood is a staple of coastal style. Take a cue from Julie Howard Home Design and incorporate a wooden ledge instead of a traditional mantel, to add warm contrast to an all-white scheme. Pair the weathered shelf with a piece of oversize wall art to add dimension and a hint of color.

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2. Channel the Mediterranean.

Coastal style can easily translate across a variety of aesthetics — think boho, Scandinavian, farmhouse, you name it — taking components of each and fusing them with seaside flair. For instance, the coastal fireplace in this spot designed by Jessica Bataille flaunts a Mediterranean-inspired charm thanks to a time-worn brick surround, an alcove-like firebox, and a terra cotta tile threshold.

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3. Combine design schools.

Part coastal style, part modern, this light-filled living room by Studio McGee borrows elements from both aesthetics and introduces them to the focal point of the room — the fireplace. While the wood mantel, and nautical prints above, lend a touch of contrast to the white backdrop, the streamlined gray surround and hearth elevate the scene with effortless cool.

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4. Keep it real.

Looking to the raw elements of the beach, Kelly of Lily Pad Cottage took a literal approach to the style when it came to her living room. The coastal fireplace, showcasing a stone surround and reclaimed wood mantel, fits right in with the laidback feel of her home. Take notes and complete the look with board and batten wall paneling, a sisal rug, and a porthole mirror above.

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5. Welcome tradition.

At first glance, the freestanding fireplace of this Martha's Vineyard home may seem anything but coastal, but peek a little closer and you'll notice its subtle nod to a classic beach bonfire. Staying true to the midcentury-meets-coastal vibe of the space, the fire pit-inspired hearth is a clever play on tradition.

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6. Go with less is more.

If you're looking to embrace coastal style with a contemporary twist, take a cue from this Pure Salt Interiors living room and pair a marble fireplace surround with a raw wood mantel. Accentuate the combo by sticking to a neutral design scheme, showcasing textures such as linen, rattan, and wood to offset the monochrome palette.