A kitchen fireplace was historically a must-have for cooking and heating before those functions were outsourced to modern appliances and central heating. But the appeal of gathering around a crackling fire will never get old, and today a kitchen fireplace has evolved into a luxury feature that will make the hub of your home feel cozy and warm.
If you live in an older home with an original wood-burning fireplace in the kitchen, restore it to its former glory to preserve a sense of history and continuity. Install a low-maintenance gas or electric fireplace to make a modern space feel more inviting. Or add a simply decorative faux fireplace and style it with candles, art, or design objects to create a focal point in a kitchen or open-plan space.
Check out these kitchen fireplaces in a range of sizes, materials, and styles in homes both old and new for ideas on how to make the most of this appealing and timeless focal point.
Embrace Clean Lines
This open-plan kitchen from Chango & Co. features a simple modern fireplace that anchors the sitting area just beyond the island. The fireplace surround has clean lines and a thick frame in a slightly darker tone than the walls for a seamless feel in the black-and-white kitchen.
In this traditional space from deVOL Kitchens, an original fireplace on one wall complements the hardwood floors and intricate crown moldings that give the space a timeless feel. The kitchen is updated with a wall of built-in cabinetry and a massive central island that adds modern functionality.
Try a Linear Fireplace
Add warmth to a contemporary, open-plan kitchen, dining, and living room with a sleek linear fireplace, like this all-white space from Louis Duncan-He Designs.
Embrace Scandi Style
Mix Old and New
When updating an older home, keep the original fireplace while modernizing the interior for a layered feel. Leanne Ford Interiors preserved the classic marble fireplace with an arched firebox and the warm hardwood flooring, then modernized the walls with industrial-style lighting, textured gray walls, and a sleek central island.
Style With Plants and Art
A fireplace can make a small kitchen feel even cozier. This renovated London kitchen from deVOL Kitchens features a period fireplace, with black paint on the hardwood flooring, moody blue paint on the walls, a classic crystal chandelier, and a mantel styled with plants and artwork to modernize the space while honoring its historic character.
Keep It Open
A rustic open fireplace with a chunky raised stone hearth that contrasts with dark hardwood flooring and whitewashed exposed ceiling beams makes this renovated cabin kitchen from Leanne Ford Interiors feel inviting and warm.
Decorate With Firewood
If you're renovating the kitchen in an older home and have decided to close off the chimney for practical reasons, consider preserving the original mantel and turning it into a decorative focal point. This airy kitchen from deVOL Kitchens and Our Food Stories features a classic white marble mantel that is styled with candles, artwork, a vase of dried flowers, and a stack of decorative firewood for a nostalgic feel.
Style With Oversized Plants
Style a non-working kitchen fireplace with plants. Leanne Ford Interiors lined the mantel and filled the hearth of this vintage-style kitchen with oversized matching Boston ferns for a dramatic shot of mood-boosting greenery where you least expect it.
Paint the Chimney Wall
Add color to a kitchen fireplace wall with a vivid shade of your favorite color. In this English kitchen from deVOL Kitchens, pink walls complement green tiles and a painted green ceiling, while and an unframed vintage portrait hangs above the firebox in place of a mantel.
Build It In
Integrate the fireplace in an open-plan kitchen by coordinating it with moldings and wood trim. This white painted fireplace from Chango & Co. has a built-in feel that echoes everything from the window trim to the kitchen island to the coffered ceilings.
Raise It Up
Style With Antiques
A large central fireplace creates a warm and casually elegant focal point in this traditional style eat-in kitchen from Crisp Architects that is decorated with antique furniture and decor.
Match the Mantel With Trim
Paint a wooden fireplace in the same color as moldings and window trim to highlight architectural details in an older home. Leanne Ford Interiors painted the fireplace and moldings white to highlight the patterned tile fireplace and leaded windows over the kitchen sink, while choosing a creamy yellow tone for walls.
Add Patterned Tile
Update a wooden fireplace with a patterned tile surround to add a touch of color to an otherwise neutral space, like this kitchen from Leanne Ford Interiors.
Keep It Minimalist
Warm Up the Dining Area
Match Stacked Stone
A stacked stone fireplace on one wall and a matching stone surround on the range wall opposite add rustic charm to this spacious California kitchen from Anne Rae Design.
Create a Sitting Area
This traditional home from Crisp Architects includes a simple black fireplace that is surrounded by a white wood-paneled wall and decorated with a pair of matching sconces to create a cozy sitting area. The double-sided fireplace provides a view to the living room, and a pleasant view for the person stuck with doing the dishes at the end of the night.
Expose a Brick Chimney
Jessica Nelson Interior Design exposed the original brick chimney while renovating this home, adding character to the kitchen by mounting the range hood on one side. The exposed brick chimney continues on the other side to add charm to the fireplace in the dining area.
Small Linear Fireplace
Even a small linear fireplace will create a focal point in a large open-plan space. Michelle Berwick Design anchored a tall empty white wall in this open-plan kitchen, dining, and living room with a small linear fireplace. A decorative wall insert filled with firewood adds warmth.
Create a Fireplace Corner
Preserve a rustic wood fireplace and flooring to give a renovated kitchen a sense of history. In this homey space from Crisp Architects, the original fireplace is relegated to a corner to make room for modern conveniences, but the kitchen retains its historic charm.
Add a Wide Ledge
In an open-plan space, a double-sided fireplace can divide the kitchen from the living room area while maintaining flow, like this modern space from Latham Interiors that has a wide ledge on three sides.
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