With the night’s drawing in and the days feeling a little chillier, it’s the time of year we start to pull out the extra throws, layer up the rugs, and light every candle we own. But nothing creates a cozy vibe quite like a fireplace. The warmth, the smell, the sound.
However, for those of us who have limited square footage or are short on wall space, the idea of a fireplace seems unrealistic. A bulky surround breaking up the space? Just sounds awkward and inconvenient. Enter corner fireplaces. Corner fireplace ideas are perfect for smaller spaces. They make the most of an unused nook and don’t break up the room, still allowing for expanses of walls that can be used for furniture.
And there are so many different designs to suit all styles, from compact contemporary log burners to rustic stone styles. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite fireplace ideas to inspire…
CORNER FIREPLACE IDEAS THAT ARE BOTH CHIC AND COZY
1. KEEP IT OPEN FOR A CHIC INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
Be inspired by this beautifully simple concrete corner fireplace idea and raise a corner fireplace off the ground so it sits more at eye level and becomes more of a feature of the room. And rather than a more traditional grate, choose an on-trend fire bowl to sit within the chimney.
We love how this corner fireplace extends along the wall to become a window seat, and the built-in log storage underneath is practical, whilst also adding some nice natural texture in amongst all that concrete.
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2. BREAK THE SYMMETRY WITH AN OFF CENTER FIREPLACE
Corner fireplace ideas aren’t only for smaller spaces, as this living room designed by Orlando Soria proves. They can work really well in larger, more open spaces as they are more flexible in their design than more traditional fireplaces. Rather than sitting front and center, a three-sided stove can disperse heat more evenly around a room and you can see view the fire from different angles of the room.
In this open and airy room, the fireplace adds some needed coziness and yet is simple enough so it doesn’t draw attention away from the rest of the decor and the impressive gallery wall that dominates the other side of the room.
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3. HIGHLIGHT A CORNER STOVE WITH A FEATURE WALL
A freestanding stove can work just as well in a corner as a more traditional fireplace and can be tucked into the smallest of spaces so an even better option if you are tight on space. Wood burner ideas are also a good option if you have inherited an outdated corner fireplace – strip it down and replace it with a more minimalistic stove. You still get all the benefits of a roaring fire without the bulk of a more traditional fireplace.
Take inspiration from this Scandi-inspired living room and make the fire more of a focal point by painting the surround in a contrasting color to the rest of the walls. Now we know we aren’t all fans of a feature wall, and they have got a bit of a bad rep in the world of interiors, but in certain circumstances, they can work, and this is one of them. The grey wall, rather than just being painted with a flat matte, has a natural texture to it, designed to imitate polished concrete so it stands out in the room but isn’t too much of a stark contrast against the white walls.
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4. GO LONG AND LOW FOR A MINIMALIST DESIGN
If your style is on the side of contemporary, simple corner fireplace designs that sit low to the ground and often stretch horizontally along part of the main wall work well with a more minimalist aesthetic.
However, a lack of an ornate surround doesn’t mean these designs lack interest, you can add just as much interest with the choice of materials. Natural materials like stone and marble are not only practical options to go for for a corner fireplace (they are incredibly heated resistant and hard-wearing) but they add depth, subtle colors, and textures to a room. Bring the same material onto the hearth too for a seamless, sleek look.
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5. OFFSET A CORNER FIREPLACE WITH A MANTLE
So where to position a mantle above a corner fireplace? If your fireplace sits in the center of a corner wall, the choice is obvious, stick with directly above the surround. However, with a three-sided design, the ideal position is less clear. So do something unexpected and copy this mantel decor idea – add a mantel off-center, with half over the fireplace and half continuing along the wall. It creates a really balanced look with the fireplace on one side and your decor on the other.
Consider keeping the mantel really simple and painting it the same color as the wall, so it won’t add any extra visual clutter to the wall and so anything you do add appears to be almost floating.
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6. OR EXTEND THE MANTEL TO INCORPORATE LOG STORAGE
Make the most of those awkward nooks that you often find on either side of a fireplace and extend the mantle to one side to create a cubby that’s perfect for storing logs. This can work with corner fireplaces, but it’s also a way to almost fake the corner fireplace look with a more traditional hearth. A clever trick to give a central fireplace more interest.
Can we also just note the white tiled mantel used here? An unusual look that’s far from the rustic style of a wooden beam, but it’s one we can definitely get on board with to give a fireplace a more contemporary look.
And, a quick health warning, when storing logs just always be sure there’s either plenty of space between the logs and the fire or there a solid wall of non-combustible material between the firebox and the log storage.
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7. FORGO THE FLUE
Notice anything different about this wood burner? It’s flueless. Bio fireplaces, which have the traditional log burner look but are run on gas, don’t need a chimney or a flue so you can add them to any room, perfect for adding instant coziness to your home. And they are idea for small living rooms, or any small space, as they tuck into a corner without the need for any extra space for the flue. Plus, with these designs, you can skip the expense and hassle of having a traditionally log burner installed.
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HOW DO YOU ARRANGE A ROOM WITH A CORNER FIREPLACE?
Corner fireplaces are often seen as tricky when deciding on a room’s layout as they don’t give you that very obvious focal point you get with a more traditional fire. However, we see this lack of rigid format as a blessing and one of the big pluses of having a corner fireplace is that you can often be more flexible with your layout.
Your arrangement will of course depend on the size, shape, and amount of furniture you want to fit in the room. But there are two obvious options, either make the corner fireplace the focal point by angling the majority of furniture to the corner or, our preferred option, choose the main wall that adjoins the corner fireplace and angle your furniture towards that, leaving the fireplace side of the room open. E.g one sofa parallel to the main wall and one sofa facing the fireplace wall to create an L-shape.