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How to Decorate Around a Fireplace

If your living room comes with a fireplace, consider it an interior design asset. Not only does it add major architectural appeal, but a fireplace also provides an instant focal point in your space that looks and feels welcoming.

We’ve touched on the best ways to lay out a living room with a corner fireplace and how to style your fireplace mantel. Now it’s time to tackle a less-discussed topic: How to decorate around your fireplace. Whether it’s arranging seating in front or framing your fireplace with matching furniture on both sides, you want to make sure the area around your hearth isn’t an afterthought.

To help you with that, we’ve rounded up our best ideas for how to decorate around a fireplace! Read on to get our tips on how to make furniture and decor work with any living room fireplace.

If you’re not quite at the decorating stage, start with our guide for how to design a living room with a fireplace!

 

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1. Layer Eclectic Decor

Start by thinking about your fireplace decor holistically. It’s about the accents that go on top of the fireplace mantel as much as the pieces that go in front and inside of the hearth.

If you have a stone fireplace, try working in a lot of eclectic materials and textures to balance out the smooth look. One of our favorite fireplace ideas is to add layers of greenery, both on the mantel and next to the hearth, then mix in textures with a rug, a woven garland, and hanging textile accents. What you get in the end is a focal point that’s eclectic and unexpected yet hugely cozy and inviting.

For those of you with a non-functioning fireplace, you arrange different height candles inside the hearth instead. It’s another one of our favorite fireplace ideas that plays up a warm ambiance.

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2. Frame With Mirrors

Flanking the hearth with matching floor mirrors is one of the chicest (and easiest!) fireplace decor ideas. They’ll add visual height and help visually frame your fireplace while also opening up the surrounding areas on both sides of the hearth. The result is an instantly more spacious look and feel in your room.

If you have a brick fireplace or a white fireplace, symmetrical mirrors are perfect accents, since their reflective surfaces will offer a dramatic look to match as well as provide visual balance.

If you’re at a loss for fireplace ideas, mirrors are always a safe bet, no matter the style of your room or the size and shape of your fireplace mantel.

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3. Flank With Built-Ins

If your fireplace mantel has built-ins on both sides, top them with a mix of practical and decorative accents to tie in with the rest of your room. Think books, lamps, candles, vases, woven art, and other accessories that captivate the eye from afar.

For those with a stone fireplace, leaning into bold art and accents is key. They’re foolproof fireplace decor ideas because they add texture, depth, and color all at once without distracting from the mantel and hearth.

If you’re more drawn to fireplace ideas that add impact in small ways, you can’t go wrong with this approach. Just be sure to use a cohesive color palette across all your accents and furniture to tie together the look in your room. If you’re not sure how to set up your living room furniture for that, check out our tips for the best living room layouts.

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4. Try Asymmetrical Decorating

In terms of fireplace ideas, this is an especially stylish approach for rooms where the spaces on either side of the fireplace are not identical in size. The idea is to balance your fireplace decor with both practical touches and decorative accents.

Try adding a floor mirror alongside a tall plant on one side of your fireplace and contrasting the other side with a TV and media stand. This is a great layout for living rooms with a fireplace and a TV. Or simply float an armchair floating at an angle in front of the fireplace. This creates a more organic layout that feels modern and collected but still cohesive.

If you have a modern fireplace, an asymmetrical arrangement of your furniture and home decor is especially great, since it will give your room a more thoughtful and curated look—versus a more traditional everything-matching look.

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fireplace with roll arm club chairs and a tray table in between them5. Set Up Seating In Front 

Adding seating in front of the fireplace is a timeless and elegant interior design approach. While it counts as one of the more traditional fireplace decor ideas, it’s practical and foolproof.

Start with a pair of matching armchairs and add a side table in between them to create a classic fireside moment for two. This is especially great for homes located in colder-climate places, as it offers a cozy seating area that’s both functional and stylish. Complete the look by topping off your fireplace with equally classic mantelpiece decor ideas.

If you’re looking for fireplace ideas for small spaces, this is also a good one to bookmark. It’s perfect in living spaces where there isn’t much room for extra seating except in front of the fireplace.

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6. Balance With Bookcases

Frame your fireplace in with open bookcases that add height, depth, and balance on both sides. This is one of our favorite affordable interior design ideas to mimic the look of high-end built-ins.

For this look, we love wooden bookshelves paired alongside a white brick fireplace, which brings a modern streamlined look to a room. Fill the shelves with both decorative and everyday decor pieces, like books, sculptures, baskets, and other small media items. Then balance them out with fireplace decors, such as a modern art piece or a tall plant placed in front of the fireplace.

Another reason we’re fans of bookcases alongside a fireplace is because it’s very family-friendly. If you’ve been looking for fireplace ideas that can work in a home with energetic little ones, this is definitely our pick for a kid-friendly approach. You can also find more inspo in our gallery for living room design ideas.

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7. Create An Art Focal Point

When it comes to fireplace ideas, this is tried-and-true. Sometimes all you need for your fireplace decor is an evocative art piece that turns your fireplace mantel into the focal point in your living room.

The trick with hanging large artworks above your fireplace is to pair it with good wall lighting, be it sconces or track lights. You want to elevate the focus to the artwork and the space above the fireplace mantel. Also, be sure to balance out the artwork with more neutral furnishings and accents so as not to distract or layer in too many small pieces that compete for attention.

Playing up one large artwork as the focus also works great in minimalist interiors, where a single oversized piece can make for a dramatic visual element.

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8. Pull Up Some Stools or Benches

Probably one of the most practical, stylish, and versatile fireplace decor ideas is to place matching benches, poufs, or stools in front of the hearth. Just like armchairs, benches will bring a polished and sophisticated look that perfectly frames the fireplace.

Additionally, this is especially great if you’re working with a white fireplace since the benches will pop against the crisp mantel backdrop. Make sure the benches or stools don’t completely block the fireplace and are positioned in proportion to the length of the hearth—to ensure a balanced and cohesive look.

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3 Ways to Design a Living Room With Fireplace and TV

We’ve walked through how to design a living room with a fireplace and the best TV viewing layouts. But what about layout solutions for a living room with a fireplace and TV?

According to you, our Modsy customers, figuring out a living room layout that factors in both a fireplace and TV is a common conundrum. Especially when it comes to a living room layout that’s both functional and attractive.

So, to offer some guidance, we’ve come up with three stylish and functional living room layout ideas that take into consideration both a fireplace and TV. Also, don’t forget to check out our layout guides for more ideas, including the best living room layouts to help you get started.

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Layout #1: The Entertainment Pit

In this open concept layout, the main seating faces the fireplace and TV, which are visually stacked on top of each other in the front of the room. The result is a centralized entertaining and gathering space with the fireplace and TV above it becoming one combined focal point.

The all-around seating forms a U-shape layout that helps to delineate the spot and set it off as a warm and welcoming living area within the larger space.

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The Key Design Elements:

Have big, comfy seating. For a balanced look, you need sumptuous and large-scale pieces to anchor your living room furniture layout. Consider a leather Chesterfield sofa, deep upholstered armchairs, and cushy X-benches arranged in a U-shape for a comfy conversational setup.

Frame your focus. Any living room layout with fireplace and TV combined as the primary focus should be balanced out with a bit of symmetry. Try adding tall bookcases to flank your TV and fireplace, which will bring symmetry and visual cohesiveness to the gathering spot as a whole.

Keep walls minimal. Because all the attention is directed to the front of your living space, keep your walls bare to avoid visual clutter. If it feels empty, fill your bookcases next to the fireplace and TV with decor and objects, which make for finishing touches that are just like wall decor.

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It’s a great living room layout if you…

  • Want to skip the media cabinet for your TV and save space
  • Like the idea of a ‘2 for 1’ focal point, where the fireplace and TV are the main attraction
  • Prefer the look of a sofa directly facing a TV that’s wall-mounted at the perfect height
  • Have a square or rectangular living area with a fireplace and want a layout that accommodates comfortable seating and has good flow and tons of walking room

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Layout #2: The Cozy Zone

In this compact living room layout, the corner fireplace and TV alongside it create two distinct focal points that help to frame an enclosed seating area. While there are several ways you can lay out a living room with a corner fireplace, this is probably our favorite because it forms an intimate and cozy seating area.

This furniture set up around the fireplace and TV is also ideal in a small living room with a corner fireplace.

 

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The Key Design Elements:

A sectional is best. With a corner fireplace to consider, a sectional makes for all-in-one seating that is comfortable and perfectly frames your seating area. It will center the space while also giving even focus to both the corner fireplace and TV adjacent to it.

Opt for a media cabinet. You’ll need a media cabinet for your TV in this layout, which will also help to anchor the front of your room. This works with the main seating that’s facing the TV, and it also balances out the architectural elements of the fireplace.

Minimize accent pieces. Just as you would with small living room layouts, you want to maximize flow and walking room, so stick to a coffee table, one additional chair, and a side table. This also opens up the space around the fireplace and TV.

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It’s a great living room layout if you…

  • Have an open living room where you can float a sectional or sofa
  • Like your TV and fireplace to be separate focal points that are equally captivating
  • Want to have a space where you can enjoy a roaring fire AND watch TV at the same time without being distracted by one or the other
  • Live in a small space (corner fireplace or not) and want to create a cozy gathering space

 

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Layout #3: The Double Focus

This spacious living room layout has the fireplace as the central architectural element and a focal point. Because it’s a fireplace surround without a mantelpiece, the TV has to be placed to the side on top of a media cabinet. The benefit of this is that even though the TV is not the central focus, it tucks nicely into an inlet next to the fireplace, creating a streamlined and balanced look.

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The Key Design Elements:

Pull in a wide sectional. For this living room layout with fireplace front-and-center and TV lining the wall next to it, you need a sectional run almost the full length of the front wall for a balanced look. This also lets you enjoy both the fireplace and TV without having to move around.

Decorate your walls. To balance out the TV and fireplace front wall, bring in art and tall accents to fill out the vertical space. You want your fireplace and TV area to look well-rounded, so consider adding art above the fireplace and pulling in a tall plant or mirror to even things out.

Think high contrast. Lean into the streamlined aesthetic and the rectilinear forms of the fireplace and TV here to play up a contemporary, high-contrast look. Keep to black-and-white furnishings and crisp art and accents with clean lines and a modern sensibility.

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It’s a great living room layout if you…

  • Have a living room where the fireplace is the focal point architecturally and the TV is a secondary focus
  • Want to keep your fireplace and TV in the same space but not compete for attention
  • Prefer a living space that’s not just all about TV watching, but also captivates with other art and decor
  • Love a contemporary minimalist look with a modular approach to the living room layout

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Layout Guide: 3 Ways to Design a Living Room With a Corner Fireplace

A living room with a fireplace is an asset in any home. It provides warmth during the winter months and also makes for a chic focal point.

If you have a living room with a corner fireplace, even better. But figuring out your furniture placement around a corner fireplace can be a tricky design challenge. This is a common design challenge in single-family homes, and is common all the way from Los Angeles to San Antonio interior design schemes. Where do you put your sofa? Should the fireplace be the main focal point? What about the TV? While it all depends on how you want to use your space, a corner fireplace presents a “fifth wall” that needs to be taken into account in your living room layout.

For some guidance, we’ve designed one living room with three different corner fireplace layout ideas to show you some possible setups that are practical and stylish. Find out more below!

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Layout #1: The Sophisticated Family Room

This layout is designed to be a family-friendly TV space that still has an elevated look and feel. While the focal point is on the TV wall, the corner fireplace acts as an extension to that and serves as an equally central visual element in the room.

When it came to arranging furniture around a corner fireplace here, it came down to balancing out the L-shaped formation of the fireplace and the TV all. That meant floating a sectional that also helped to delineate and frame the seating area into a rectangular gathering spot. To round out this layout, a reading chair is pulled in to help anchor the corner fireplace. This is one of our favorite (and the easiest) corner fireplace ideas that helps incorporate a fireplace into a living room seating area.

The Key Design Elements:

A sectional is essential. There’s no debating between a sofa or sectional with this layout. By anchoring your seating area with a sectional, you create visual balance because the sectional faces both the TV wall and the corner fireplace at an angle. This makes the fireplace feel more part of the room’s layout and design.

Decorate around the hearth. Since the TV wall is the main focus of this layout, you want to define the fireplace area so that it’s equally noticeable. The best way to do this is to define the corner fireplace and the area around it with inviting decor. Here, a mirror and a plush armchair both help draw the eye to the fireplace surround.

Bookend the space. Just as the balances out the corner fireplace, adding a console table behind the sectional will help clearly delineate your seating area. This also creates visual balance with the media stand along the TV wall. The result is a seating area that’s inviting and feels like a cozy yet tailored space of its own.

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This is a great layout for you if…

  • You want a family room that’s well-designed and not overly casual (because your kids are now off to college or live away from home)
  • TV watching and using your fireplace are everyday activities in your life.
  • You want a defined living space that feels cozy but still has a focus that’s not just a TV.
  • Your ideal living room is elevated in look and feel but is also perfect for casual lounging.

corner fireplace layoutLayout #2: The Curated Sitting Room

In this layout, the angled fireplace is the focal point. Think of this as the corner fireplace layout where the centerpiece of the room is the hearth and the furniture placement emphasizes that.

By arranging a chesterfield sofa directly opposite the fireplace, it gives this seating area a contemporary curated look that is one of our favorite layout ideas for a corner fireplace. The overall setup, with the armchair and benches along the edges of this seating area, makes it an instantly cozy and intimate space for relaxing and conversation alike. Here, it’s all about creating a living room space that is equal parts formal and airy with modern industrial furnishings and art that are none too precious.

corner fireplace layoutThe Key Elements:

Choose a substantial sofa. Whether it’s a modern blue velvet sofa or a tufted leather chesterfield, you want your main seating to be as visually bold as the fireplace opposite it. Round out the living room by floating furniture to face the center of your seating area, which will help direct focus to the corner fireplace.

Punch up your mantelpiece. With the corner fireplace as the centerpiece in this angled living room layout, you want to make sure it stands out. Hang a bold graphic artwork or an abstract painting above your mantelpiece to visually direct attention to the fireplace.

Fill your vertical space. Because your fireplace extends all the way to the ceiling, balance out its height by decorating your walls with tall-standing bookcases and art. This is an easy way to draw the eye upward as well as to warm up the seating area with color and visually interesting objects.

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This is a great layout for you if…

  • You use your living room as a cozy place to relax, gather, and entertain all at once.
  • A contemporary and slightly industrial-minimalist design approach and aesthetic suits your style.
  • Your home has a separate family or media room for TV watching and use your living room more as a sitting room for quiet relaxing and unwinding at night.
  • You want your living room to also be a display space for your favorite artwork and objects.

corner fireplace layoutLayout #3: The Open-Flow Living Room

If you’re after a spacious and airy feeling living room where the furniture placement isn’t centered around the corner fireplace, this is an ideal setup. The corner fireplace is not the focal point in this layout, where the furniture is arranged against one end of the open living space.

In a living room with a fireplace in the corner, you can ultimately decide whether you want to incorporate the hearth to look and feel like a part of your seating area. And it can be a little separate if you want to, as in this living room design. In the end, you get a living space that still feels relaxing but has a more open atmosphere.

corner fireplace layoutThe Key Elements:

Mix in different seating. Whereas the previous two layouts focused on one main seating furniture piece, this encourages a diverse mix. Pull in a pair of leather armchairs and matching white ottomans to balance out a casual slipcovered sofa. By arranging these pieces away from the fireplace, it opens up the room. Meanwhile, the chairs and ottomans can be pulled near fireplace when it’s lit.

Spare your fireplace. You won’t come across too many corner fireplace ideas that tell you to keep it spare and minimally styled. But what you do use to decorate your fireplace, be it a raw-wood shelf mantelpiece or modernist ceramics, you want to make sure it makes a tall statement that adds to the blank vertical space in the room.

Let materials lead. Use earthy materials as the overarching theme in your space. Opt for tan leather, natural woods, crisp white linen, grainy woods, and smooth pottery to connect your seating area with your corner fireplace. This way, even though they are two delineated as two zones in your living space, the materials lend visual cohesion.

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corner fireplace layoutThis is a great layout for you if…

  • You have a busy family household and the living room is the central gathering space, which means more open space the better.
  • The fireplace is only used during the winter and colder months, otherwise, it’s more decorative.
  • You enjoy an actual living room space that’s not about TV viewing or formal lounging but actually is catered to everyday living and kicking back.
  • Modern-rustic design is your idea of ultimate comfort and style.

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16 Ways to Design a Living Room With a Fireplace

Living rooms are arguably the most important areas of the house. They’re where you get to chill out, relax, entertain guests, and unwind after a long day. And do you know what makes them even more inviting? Having a fireplace. Getting to kick back and luxuriate in front of a roaring fire is a wonderful thing to look forward to after work or on the weekend. However, a living room with fireplace design can be a tricky interior design challenge. How do you incorporate a living room fireplace into your layout and interior design plans?

There are definitely some extra considerations beyond our basic living room checklist when you’re dealing with the design combo of a living room layout with fireplace. Will you want space for TV viewing as well as fireplace seating? Do you want the fireplace to be the main focal point? Does the fireplace actually work or is it just for show?

Read This Next: How to Find the Best Living Room Layout for You

We’ve put together 11 living room layouts that show you how to design around a fireplace so you can start to envision different possibilities for your home. Keep scrolling to explore the looks!

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1. Living Room with Fireplace in the Middle of a Long Wall

This space features a basic living room layout with a fireplace, with the fireplace actively incorporated into the design. It’s a conversational setup with enough seating for large gatherings. And while the fireplace isn’t the main focal point, it’s seamlessly incorporated into the space so everyone can still enjoy it.

The Key Design Elements:

This layout features furniture “floating” in the middle of the room. The foundational furniture pieces are pulled away from walls, making the fireplace the centerpiece of the space, but not the main focal point (learn more about floating furniture). The layout leaves room around the perimeter for other functions you might enjoy, like a reading nook, office space, room for a bar cart, etc.

There is lots of seating here, including the chairs, stools, and sofa. And the best part is that the chairs swivel and stools can easily be moved for a more flexible arrangement. This helps keep the focus on the center of the conversation circle—which is all great for entertaining! Stools in front of the fireplace give you a place to sit and warm up, and you can move them to the other side of the coffee table if needed!

This Layout is Great If You…

Love conversation in front of the fireplace and like to entertain and gather in a cozy setting.

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2. A Seating Area with the Fireplace as the Focal Point

This layout also facilitates conversation, but we specifically arranged the furniture around the living room fireplace to keep it as the main focus of the room. It’s a great setup for cozying up in front of a fireplace with intimate seating—as evidenced by the use of wingback chairs, the original “fireplace chairs.”

The Key Design Elements:

This layout enables easy conversation but could also work for TV viewing—you can just swap mantel decor for a flatscreen. The view faces out the window so you can enjoy the scenery of nature! The two armchairs are grouped in front of the window and can be incorporated into a cozy conversational area with the sofa.

This design also leaves enough open space behind the sofa to work as a dining area, reading area, office space, etc. This layout is nice if you have a bigger, open living-dining room you want to divide into two zones to maximize space.

This Layout is Great If You…

Enjoy having a view outside the window, or if you like intimate settings and a close-knit gathering place.

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3. A Symmetrical Living Room with Built-ins Flanking the Fireplace

We love more formal living room design ideas, where you have matching sofas facing each other. It’s optimal for conversation and entertaining purposes. This is not the best layout for TV viewing, but it’s great for reading books, having coffee, and entertaining friends.

The Key Design Elements:

This living room features a symmetrical layout that’s open on one side so it pulls you directly into the conversation circle. The fireplace wall creates a U-shape area with bookcases for extra visual interest. The fireplace and art are the main focus of the room without the distraction of TV.

The space feels super open and welcoming because the windows and ledge break up the solid wall. The seating is a formal arrangement—it’s not versatile as the sofas are large and stationary, but it’s a lovely set up for sophisticated entertaining.

This Layout is Great If You…

Love inviting guests into a beautiful formal living area or if you want a quiet space to enjoy your fireplace.

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4. A Casual Living Room with a Corner Fireplace

This casual layout incorporates the stone fireplace into the overall design of the space without it being the centerpiece. It has a lounge feel with rocking chairs and casual decor around the fireplace. The seating is open with space between the fireplace and sofa, creating a warm, inviting layout.

Want more ideas on designing a living room with a corner fireplace layout? Check out this guide to 3 different ways you can tackle this tricky space.

The Key Design Elements:

The floating furniture is pulled away from walls and windows and creates a casual seating area that’s not so tight around the heat of the fire. That way, the fireplace is a nice “surprise” in the corner—it’s part of the space but not the main focal point! The TV is situated across from the sofa so it’s there for easy viewing but doesn’t compete with the fireplace—making this a great option for designing a living room with a TV and a fireplace.

The seating here is more fluid, meaning can move the furniture around to accommodate different uses. (Specifically the two chairs.) This is a great setup for playing games with the family! There’s lots of space for foot traffic around furniture pieces and throughout the room.

This Layout is Great If You…

Want to enjoy a lounge feel with TV viewing and a fireplace ambiance. 

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5. An Open Living Room Layout with the Fireplace Open to an Adjoining Space

This layout features an L-shaped sectional that faces both the living room fireplace and open kitchen/dining area. The floating furniture layout without pieces anchored on the walls opens the room up to other spaces and allows for conversation without feeling tight and cramped.

The Key Design Elements:

This layout features furniture in line with the fireplace, keeping it open for traffic to move throughout the space. The L-shaped sofa defines the space but also leaves lots of open room so it doesn’t feel cumbersome and inhibited in any way. It’s a great way to divide open space into distinct areas for different uses.

This Layout is Great If You…

Want an open flow to easily move through the space and to see and converse with people in other rooms.

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6. A Living Room Layout Where the Fireplace is Behind the Sofa

We are super into this unexpected layout idea for a living room with a fireplace! If you have a nonfunctional fireplace and/or don’t want to incorporate it into your layout, putting a sofa in front of it is a great way to maximize space. With this living room furniture arrangement, the seating area is spun around, opening up into the larger space. It also uses the fireplace as an architectural backdrop!

The Key Design Elements:

The layout features a sofa facing out, with its back against the fireplace—keeping the view and conversation away from the fireplace. We chose a luxe chaise sectional to create a stunning centerpiece in the room. An office in the living room allows the space to be multifunctional— otherwise, the fireplace might’ve taken up too much space. The living room features a mix of styles and allows the quirkiness of the layout to feel intentional.

This Layout is Great If You…

Love a unique look in your living room, if you don’t plan to use your fireplace but don’t want it to create wasted space, or if you want a lounge feel that’s open for conversation and cocktails.

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7. A Casual Lounge with a Stylish But Non-Functional Fireplace

This is a great layout if you are using your fireplace as a decorative element, not a functional feature of the space. Plus, the corner fireplace is at the end of the room as a backdrop—it’s not the focal point but it definitely makes a statement in this space!

The Key Design Elements:

Give the Fireplace Function: The non-functional corner fireplace acts as functional decor by being used as a bookshelf—with books lined up inside the hearth. The fireplace mantel decor adds an extra dash of style, creating a casual and un-intimidating design.

Play Up the Casual Vibe: When you have a non-functional but stylish fireplace like this, embrace the vibe by creating a casual, bohemian-style lounge to sit and relax. Low furniture pieces like the stool, chair, and pouf all have a super casual, relaxed look. A cowhide rug helps ground the casual seating area, while abstract and textural wall art helps tie this space in with the adjacent dining room.

This Layout is Great If You…

Want a casual, inviting space; if you like lounging near the fireplace and but don’t want the actual heat; or if you have a non-functional fireplace that’s more for aesthetics.

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8. A Symmetrical Conversational Fireplace Layout

This is another great layout that’s all about conversation and face time with your guests. The sofa faces the living room fireplace and the chairs flank the fireplace and face the sofa for the ultimate conversational setup. Furniture floats in the space but is grounded by symmetry and a large rug so the room feels very intentional and put together.

The Key Design Elements:

A visually grounded sofa anchors the seating area, while smaller accent chairs surround the front of the fireplace to create a “circular” conversation center. The pouf comes in handy because it can be used as a footstool in front of any of the seats or as extra seating itself. Chairs can be moved around to face the fireplace or look out the window when you don’t want a closed conversation circle. And bookcases flank the fireplace for added visual appeal—you can even add a reading nook or study to the space.

This Layout is Great If You…

Love family game nights, enjoy curling up with a good book or coffee in front of the fireplace, or just want a light, open layout.

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9. A Living Room with a TV to the Side of the Fireplace

Want a TV and fireplace in your living room? When you have a living room with a fireplace, but you also want a TV for watching movies and shows, you’re more limited with your layout options. Here, the fireplace is the focal point of the living room, but the TV is just off to the side for easy viewing.

The Key Design Elements:

Choose a Dark Paint Color: By painting the fireplace wall a darker color, the TV blends in and becomes less of a focal point. By helping it not stand out as much, it doesn’t take attention away from the fireplace when it’s not in use.

Balance Out the TV: Since the TV is to one side of the fireplace, you want to visually balance the fireplace wall by placing another weighty item along the wall. This helps the overall layout feel more polished and intentional. We put a full-length floor mirror and tall plant on the opposite side of the fireplace, but you could also do a bookcase or cabinet if you want extra storage.

This Layout is Great If You…

Enjoy snuggling up by the fireplace but don’t want to sacrifice watching TV. It’s also great for families with kids, since the sofa directly faces the TV but isn’t the main star of the room.

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10. A Living Room With Fireplace on a Slanted Corner Wall

The fireplace in this room is tucked in the corner, with the brickwork popping out into the room a bit, creating an additional slanted wall within the space. This, combined with the large mantle, makes it a pronounced focal point within the room. To celebrate that, we gave this living room an unexpected layout.

The Key Design Elements:

Play Up the Angle: Instead of facing the sofa toward the long wall or the windows, fighting against this architectural element of a corner fireplace, we decided to embrace it. To do this, we placed the sofa at an angle as well, directly facing the fireplace. It’s worth noting that this layout only works in an open-concept space where you have the room to put the living room furniture at an angle without blocking walkways or entrances.

Fill Out the Space: Having just a sofa angled toward the corner fireplace in an open room like this would make the space feel pretty sparse. So, we incorporated extra accent furniture to help fill out the space—including a bookcase and a bench along the windows. There’s also a sitting chair to the left of the sofa to help fill out the seating area itself.

This Layout is Great If You…

Want the corner fireplace to remain the focal point and want the seating arrangement around it or want a more formal living room set up with an unexpected twist.

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11. A Cozy Seating Area in Front of the Fire with a Chaise Sectional

This layout features living room furniture pulled off the walls and arranged closer to the fireplace for a cozy feeling. The big armchair offers a place to sit, relax, and drink wine by the fire and the sectional creates a more casual, relaxed look. It’s an ideal furniture arrangement for conversation and small groups.

The Key Design Elements:

This design features a cozy, intimate seating arrangement with a singular chair to keep the space open. The chaise on the far side from the fireplace creates a cozy feel and a conversation circle without blocking the fireplace. And the setup makes sure to keep the fireplace front and center as the focal point!

This Layout is Great If You…

Want to cozy up in front of the fireplace and like smaller, more intimate settings.

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12. A Living Room that Treats the Fireplace as a Visual Backdrop

This layout features symmetrical sofas that frame the fireplace. Armchairs block in the seating area from the inside in order to keep space open as you walk in, using the fireplace more as a backdrop. It provides a cozy, conversational seating area without closing off the far side of the room.

The Key Design Elements:

Matching sofas and chairs keep the room symmetrical and classy while also providing comfortable seating options for you and guests. The ottoman and chairs are easily movable for different arrangements and needs for space. And you can enjoy the fireplace from the chairs, ottomans and even from the sofas.

This Layout is Great If You…

Love having large groups of people over but don’t want your living space to feel cluttered with seating options.

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family room with a fireplace and a white sectional across from a TV

13. A Basement Family Room with Fireplace

We’ve talked a lot about main living spaces with fireplaces—but what about a basement family room with a fireplace? This is a super cozy element to have in a space where coziness and comfort is key! But many family rooms are primarily geared toward entertainment and play spaces, so it’s important to focus on those functions without ignoring the fireplace.

The Key Design Elements:

Create a Cozy Lounge Space: Opting for a large sectional offers plenty of space for family and guests to spread out and casually enjoy the space. It’s facing the TV—perfect for movie nights—but is also a great place to curl up and read or oversee playtime with a cup of coffee.

Get Practical: The fireplace adds a practical touch, helping to warm up a cold basement room. And since the chaise section of the sofa is on the opposite side of the room, the fireplace is more incorporated into the design of the room rather than being blocked off. So, you can easily enjoy the fireplace without it being the focal point of the space.

This Layout is Great If You…

Want to establish a kid-friendly space that the whole family can enjoy.

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14. A Small Living Room with Fireplace

When you have a small living room with a fireplace, you generally don’t have much choice but to make the fireplace a focal point. In such a small space, it’s really front and center! Balancing furniture on either side of the fireplace helps make the best use of this space.

The Key Design Elements:

Get Cozy: The furniture is closer together than you might have in a typical living room, but it has to be to fit a sofa and two chairs. But since the pieces have simple silhouettes, the space feels snug and open rather than cluttered and cramped.

Keep the Design More Minimal: With both a small living room and a fireplace, you don’t want to overfill the space and make it feel cramped. Instead, be picky about what you bring into the space, and lean toward a more minimal aesthetic, making sure everything has a purpose. The neutral palette is soothing and helps keep the room from feeling too busy.

This Layout is Great If You… have a small living space but want it to feel polished and upscale, since the furniture facing each other feels more formal.

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15. A Long, Narrow Living Room With a Fireplace at the Far End

When you have a fireplace at the far end of a long, narrow living room, it can be challenging to know how to approach your room’s layout. Grouping all of your seeing around the fireplace would be tight, and it would also mean there was a ton of empty space behind the seating area. The solution? Create two separate seating areas to maximize the long and narrow living room.

The Key Design Elements:

Frame the Fireplace: We used art, an area rug, and chairs to frame the fireplace and make it more a part of the overall design of the space.

Create Two Seating Areas: In this living room, seating is zoned into two areas, but the fireplace is visible and can be enjoyed from both areas.

This Layout is Great If You…

Have a long, narrow space and want to still enjoy the fireplace from all areas of the room.

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16. A Living Room with a Fireplace and TV on the Same Wall

Can’t decide between a fireplace and TV when choosing the focal point of your living room? What if you didn’t have to decide?? If the wall above your fireplace allows it, you can hang your TV directly above the fireplace, so you can enjoy either element without moving—or even enjoy both at the same time! It’s a practical move that doesn’t take away from the beauty of your fireplace.

The Key Design Elements:

Create a Sense of Balance: The fireplace is naturally centered in the room, so we balanced the furniture on each side of it. The two chairs are larger, so they visually feel like the same weight as the sofa.

Add in Other Functions: Just because the TV and fireplace combo is the focal point of the living room doesn’t mean you can’t embrace other functions for the space. In fact, the furniture arrangement itself offers you a great space for conversation, and there’s even room behind the sofa to place an exercise bike!

This Layout is Great If You…

Don’t have any other solid walls where you can place your TV, or if your living room is also open to your dining room or kitchen and you want to be able to see the TV from each space.

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