In addition to being a cozy place to gather 'round on
chilly nights, a fireplace naturally serves as a design focal point—even when it's unlit—for any space. Unless you're designing a room from the ground up, most people inherit their fireplaces when they move in. However, that doesn't mean you're tied to that style. From choosing a mantel to altering the fireplace surround, there are many ways to make your fireplace uniquely yours. Discover how you can personalize a fireplace with our editors' handy tips and design inspirations below.
Did You Know: For those who don't have a built-in fireplace, pre-fabricated models—electric, gas, and even wood-burning options are available!—can offer some nice options.