5 Hot Fireplace Trends

It’s been unseasonably cold here in the Charleston area, so I’ve been enjoying the cozy warmth of our fireplace. Even in warmer months, it’s an important visual feature in our family room. Fireplaces often serve as a room’s focal point and home buyers typically want one.

Have you been thinking about updating yours or adding one? New technology and environmentally-friendly designs have created contemporary updates that are sleek and stylish. Warm up to one of these five fireplace trends.


Fireplace finishes have changed. New products such as “cool wall” or “cool touch” open a wide variety of design options by allowing a cool surface as a backdrop for finishes.


Wood burning fireplaces are back in style. Decorative spaces for wood storage are adding architectural interest.

Larger Openings

One of the leading trends in fireplace design is enlarging the viewing window of the fireplace. A simple retrofit of an existing fireplace can make a huge difference in the look of any room.

Corner Fireplaces

This popular feature of the 1990s is back with modern updates. Two or three sided fireplaces with sleek styling and elegant accents, such as wood or metal, are providing a centerpiece for rooms.

Fireplace Walls

Linear fireplaces that stretch the length of the wall is one trend showing up in model homes across the country. Monotone colors and clean lines finish this modern trend.

Search these trends on Pinterest and Houzz for inspiration.


Susan Matthews is a 5-star Realtor who serves greater Charleston, SC with Coldwell Banker

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