While we’ll never be ones to complain about the modern conveniences of central heating and air, it seems that we did lose a sense of charm when fireplaces were replaced with heating vents—especially bedroom fireplaces. While many living rooms, new and old, have this lovely feature, far fewer bedrooms do. But it adds such a sense of coziness!

You’ll most often see bedroom fireplaces in a primary bedroom—either in an old home where fireplaces were a primary heating mechanism when the home was built, or in a renovated, upgraded primary suite, with the fireplace being a deliberate choice.

However, while a bedroom with a fireplace may be peak coziness, they can also be challenging to decorate around. While you can naturally design a seating area around a fireplace in a living room, in a bedroom the bed is usually the focal point. Here, suddenly the bed and fireplace are visually competing for attention. However, with a bit of creative thinking, you can celebrate this feature and create an absolutely cozy bedroom retreat!

Because we can’t stop dreaming of our own primary suite with a cozy bedroom fireplace, we asked our designers to share how they would design a bedroom with a fireplace—and they gave us 9 incredible bedroom design ideas. Their design tips and bedroom layout ideas will help you make most of this architectural feature in your bedroom. So, read on for some designer-approved bedroom fireplace ideas!

P.S. Trying to design a living room with a fireplace? Check out our living room with a fireplace layout guide.

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1. Create a Seating Area in Front of the Fireplace

If your bedroom size allows for it, it’s always nice to have some bedroom seating. After all, having a place to sit other than on your bed creates more space to relax within your bedroom. And combining a seating area with a fireplace? Talk about cozy! This is one of our favorite bedroom fireplace ideas.

How We’re Making it Work

In this bedroom, we found that the fireplace offered the perfect backdrop for a cozy reading nook. Whether the fireplace is functional or not, adding seating in front of it adds a cozy and stylish feel to the bedroom. Simply add one or two arm chairs and a side table to give yourself a place to read, drink coffee, and relax. (And you can always turn the chair around to face and enjoy a roaring fire!)

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2. Use Your Fireplace as a Focal Point for Art or Decor

It’s always nice to incorporate some of your favorite art and decor in your bedroom. After all, you don’t have to save the best pieces just for the public spaces in your home! And a bedroom with a fireplace—especially if it has a mantel or built-in niche—is a great way to show off a favorite piece or two.

How We’re Making it Work

In this bedroom, the fireplace is off to the side of the room and features a wall niche—offering a great way to show off a sculptural piece of decor. This is an ideal design approach for architectural fireplaces, as a piece of statement art draws your eye to the lines of the fireplace. However, you could still show off some favorite pieces of art and decor with a traditional fireplace mantel.

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3. Combine Your Fireplace and TV Placement

Designing a room with a TV and fireplace is an age-old struggle. (Ok, maybe not age-old…but at least for the last few decades!) But, as one of our more practical bedroom fireplace ideas, instead of having these two things compete for attention in a bedroom, we suggest combining them into one visual element.

How We’re Making it Work

In this bedroom, the bed is placed directly across from the fireplace, with the TV mounted on the wall above the fireplace. This gives you both the ambiance of the fireplace while lying in bed and allows you to watch TV from bed. This is a great design option for a small bedroom with limited wall space—plus it keeps the TV out of the way!

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4. Set Up a Relaxation Zone

Similar to a seating area, if you have a larger bedroom and there is space in front of the fireplace, add a piece of bedroom furniture like a daybed or chaise. This will create the ultimate relaxation zone to give yourself a cozy reading and lounging space. Placing it in front of a fireplace will not only up the cozy factor, but it will visually give more purpose to the area—one of those ideal bedroom fireplace ideas for a large primary suite.

How We’re Making it Work

In this bedroom, we anchored the relaxation zone with a rug, placed the daybed on top, then added some decorative accents and plants on and around the fireplace. You could even hang a painting on the fireplace wall to make it pop even more! Though, since this is a corner fireplace, we just painted it an accent color and let the architecture do the talking!

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5. Keep it Open for Functionality

If you live in a colder climate and use your fireplace more often, you’ll want to keep the space in front of it open and easily accessible. This is a more practical take on bedroom fireplace ideas—but practical certainly doesn’t mean it has to be boring.

How We’re Making it Work

This bedroom leaves plenty of room around the fireplace. We kept the space minimal and open, making it a part of the design without sacrificing functionality. However, by having it finished in stone (which you could paint, like we did above, or leave in its natural state) it makes a visual statement in the space. Having the bed facing the fireplace is another practical move, so you can get maximum heat when it’s in use, but it also creates a nice dual focal point in the space.

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6. Celebrate a Feature Wall

Sometimes a fireplace surround isn’t just the 12 inches around the fireplace but actually becomes an entire feature wall. This is most often seen in industrial-style bedrooms and loft spaces, where exposed bricks and woodwork are more common. When faced with this type of bedroom with a fireplace, you can either do some demo and remodeling to remove the feature wall—or you can embrace and celebrate it.

How We’re Making it Work

In this bedroom, the fireplace surround spans the wall, with the whole wall finished with brick. This automatically becomes the focus of the space. Instead of fighting against it, we allowed it to become a feature wall. We decorated the whole room around the fireplace feature wall—with both decor and practical items around the actual fireplace to highlight this brickwork, along with a large, dark storage cabinet that pops against the red brick. We kept other design elements and colors in the space more subdued so that it didn’t become visually overwhelming.

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7. Stylize a Non-Functional Fireplace

If you have a non-functional fireplace, you can make the most of it as an architectural feature in your bedroom. Use it as a decorative feature and stylish storage in your bedroom, housing books, candles, plants, sculptural objects, and more. This is a great way to add personality and style to a feature that is no longer useful, breathing new life into it!

How We’re Making it Work

Instead of trying to disguise this non-functioning fireplace or minimize its impact within the space, we decided to highlight it by painting and stylizing it as a feature in the bedroom. By painting the whole thing a shade of earthy green, we created nice contrast within the rest of the bedroom without making too much of a statement. (It’s a saturated shade of green, but since it’s an earth tone it still feels soothing.) Then we used both the fireplace opening and the mantel as surfaces for storage and decor—styling them in a way that’s not just about functionality but is also aesthetically pleasing.

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8. Angled Fireplace

If you have a corner fireplace, it might feel more challenging to design around this feature—especially if you want ready access to the fireplace to use it on a regular basis. Having your bed one one of the connected walls means you miss out on a good view of your fireplace—but if you have a larger room, having it on the opposite wall might feel too far away. In this case, we’d recommend going for the opposite wall, but keeping the space between your bed and the fireplace open to eliminate any sense of being further away from the fireplace than you actually are.

How We’re Making it Work

In this bedroom, we designed the fireplace with a minimal style and kept it open. By keeping the space around the fireplace open, the bed has full access to the heat of the fireplace when it’s in use, despite it being a corner fireplace and not directly in front of the bed. By having the bed facing the corner fireplace, you get a great view of this architectural feature and get to experience all the ambiance it provides—all from the coziness of your bed.

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9. Break Up a Large Fireplace Wall

If the fireplace in your bedroom is visually overpowering in the room, break it up with furniture and decor of varying heights and create zones within your bedroom to break up the space. You can also add artwork on the facade to bring the focus to the art and not the vastness of the wall.

How We’re Making it Work

In this bedroom with a fireplace, while the fireplace surround doesn’t take up the whole wall, the stonework is definitely imposing. To play it down, we put the bed on the adjacent wall, so that the bed created its own anchoring in the space. (A tall headboard helps create even more of a visual statement.) We then designed a little reading nook to the side of the fireplace, which adds another zone that helps diminish the fireplace. To visually break up all the brick, we hung a large, oversized piece of art. The addition of a tall plant adds further color and dimension which takes the focus away from all the brick.

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