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21 Modern Fireplaces Characteristics And Interior Decor Ideas

21 Modern Fireplaces Characteristics And Interior Decor Ideas 21 Modern Fireplaces Characteristics And Interior Decor Ideas

View in galleryContemporary home with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and a minimalist fireplace

View in galleryStylish living room with a collage of geometrical shapes including a fireplace

A pop of bright color and a take notice pattern are great ways to add a little excitement to a modern living room. In the case of this room designed by Shirley Meisels,​ the bright yellow chairs add life and excitement yet they don’t detract from the fireplace focal point. For anyone who thinks modern is boring, this living room should change their mind.

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View in galleryGlamorous living room with panoramic views and a sleek, long fireplace

View in galleryContemporary family room with a fireplace built into the furniture

Modern design is really ideal for those who favor minimalism. All unnecessary elements can be stripped away, be it furniture, accessories, or decorative embellishments. The simple and streamlined aesthetic encourages thoughtful design and suggests that items that are not absolutely needed can be eliminated, leaving an open, unencumbered space. This is a great way to showcase beautiful flooring, like in this room courtesy of The Hudson Company.

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Every room needs something special—a conversation piece that grabs your attention and really completes the space. In this room from ZR Architects, it’s obviously the unique light fixture. It stands out and draws the eye to it, but it still fits in beautifully with the space. Notice how the shape mimics that of the side table, creating a connection and a sense of unity.

Everyone loves fireplaces. They’re a great element in any home. When you’re looking to buy a house or apartment, one that has a fireplace usually has a great advantage even though others might present advantages of their own. There’s something wonderful, almost magical about fireplaces. When you sit in front of a fireplace, in a cozy armchair, and you watch the flames change shape and color and listen to the wood crackle a very beautiful sensation appears and you get to relax and to never want to do anything else again. But that’s mostly true in the case of traditional fireplaces.

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View in galleryModern living room with a sleek fireplace built into the wall unit

Sometimes modern design is about thinking of things in a new and different way. Traditionally sofas have been an integral part of living rooms, but this modern space from NDC Homes shows that sofas are not a necessity. While the natural inclination would have been to place a sofa in front of the fireplace, in this room three Barcelona chairs provide a modern substitute.

Make a small modern space appear larger with a white color palette and see through furnishings. This modern condo designed by Lori Pedersen Staging & Styling has a small footprint but thanks to the use of negative space (mainly around the acrylic coffee table) it appears larger than it really is.

View in galleryInviting family room with a TV and fireplace built into the wall

Modern design has the capacity to be very sexy and dramatic. Long, luxurious drapes, a take notice fireplace wall (courtesy of Apex Custom Fabrication), and a restrained color palette comprised mostly of charcoal make it happen in this living room. To create a look like this avoid anything that could be considered visual clutter and focus on large expanses of color and material.

Gray has been the go-to neutral for at least a decade, and it works beautifully in modern living rooms, like this one form Grand Design London. Cooler shades, in particular, speak to the aesthetic of modern design, and when combined with black furniture you get a sleek and urban look.​

View in galleryBright and airy living room interior with a stylish fireplace going all the way up to the ceiling

There’s something very soothing about a room with simple furnishings and basic, clean-lined accessories. In this modern living room there’s a pronounced sense of cleanliness and organization, but to keep things from becoming boring or sterile, designer Susan Manrao played with the furniture shapes, contrasting curved lines with straight. A unique wall mirror and sculptural floor lamp complete the look of this simple yet dynamic space.

In every modern living room, there’s room for one statement piece. And there’s no reason why that piece shouldn’t be either an antique or something totally unusual. In this room from Nicole Hollis, the console table has a decorative Moroccan flair which is a definite contrast to all the other sleek pieces in the room. The piece stands out, but thanks to muted brown finish it doesn’t look out of place with all the other neutral pieces.​

View in galleryModern open floor plan with a partial wall featuring a fireplace

  • 21 of 22 Warm Colors in a Modern Living Room Candace Mary Interiors In order to take some of the severity away from modern style, consider light but warm colors. The built-in wall unit in this room from Candace Mary Interiors is most certainly modern in style, but the light wood tone adds softness. 
  • 19 of 22 Dramatic Details in a Modern Living Room MB Jesse Despite the fact that there are guidelines for every style of decorating, there really are no rules. This room, courtesy of M.B. Jesse, definitely fits the bill for modern style, yet it has a number of unique elements that separate it from the crowd. Between the wow-factor feature wall, large-scale art, and ball side table, this modern living room has a style all its own.
  • 06 of 22 Intense Focal Point Beinfield Architecture PC / Robert Benson Photography The fireplace is almost always the focal point of a room, so why not beef it up to create an entire focal wall? In this modern living room, the focal wall (designed by ​Beinfield Architecture) is not particularly flashy, but it has a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the space. The metal panels add texture which provides more depth than something flat like paint would. It’s minimal, yet the results are huge.
  • 18 of 22 Feminine Modern Living Room Marina Dagenais / Houzz It’s hard to go wrong with an all-white color palette. Since modern design is about simplicity, white is a natural fit. It’s also surprisingly easy to add personality. This room from Marina Dagenais at Design Premier is very simple, yet it has a definite feminine flair.  The curved lines of the furniture, the shapely chandeliers, and the floral arrangements bring a feminine sensibility to this modern living room.
  • 13 of 22 Statement Piece Nocile Hollis / Ben Mayorga In every modern living room, there’s room for one statement piece. And there’s no reason why that piece shouldn’t be either an antique or something totally unusual. In this room from Nicole Hollis, the console table has a decorative Moroccan flair which is a definite contrast to all the other sleek pieces in the room. The piece stands out, but thanks to muted brown finish it doesn’t look out of place with all the other neutral pieces.​
  • 17 of 22 Modern Arrangement NDC Homes Sometimes modern design is about thinking of things in a new and different way. Traditionally sofas have been an integral part of living rooms, but this modern space from NDC Homes shows that sofas are not a necessity. While the natural inclination would have been to place a sofa in front of the fireplace, in this room three Barcelona chairs provide a modern substitute.
  • 22 of 22 Sexy and Dramatic Apex Custom Fabrication Modern design has the capacity to be very sexy and dramatic. Long, luxurious drapes, a take notice fireplace wall (courtesy of Apex Custom Fabrication), and a restrained color palette comprised mostly of charcoal make it happen in this living room. To create a look like this avoid anything that could be considered visual clutter and focus on large expanses of color and material.
  • 04 of 22 Modern Fusion Murphy & Co What many people don’t appreciate about modern design is how easily it can be combined with other styles. This room, for instance, has some traditional architectural bones (courtesy of Murphy & Co Architects) yet the furniture and art skew modern. Together they form an almost transitional style which can be appealing to a wide variety of people.
  • 20 of 22 Comfort and Relaxation Raven Inside Interior Design / Brandon Barre A modern living room with comfortable furniture, cozy fireplace and a stunning view is the perfect place for family gatherings. The key to this room’s comfort is the seating. Raven Inside Interior Design created an arrangement that provides a certain amount of intimacy while the softness encourages comfort and relaxation.
  • 11 of 22 Graphic Art in a Modern Living Room ZR Architects The graphic combination of black and white is ideal for the often graphic sensibilities of modern design, like in this space from ZR Architects. The sharp lines and streamlined silhouettes suit the acute contrast in color and result in a look that is both contemporary and gender neutral.
  • 05 of 22 Negative Space in a Modern Living Room Lori Pedersen Home Staging / Victor Wei Make a small modern space appear larger with a white color palette and see through furnishings. This modern condo designed by Lori Pedersen Staging & Styling has a small footprint but thanks to the use of negative space (mainly around the acrylic coffee table) it appears larger than it really is.
  • 02 of 22 Warm and Cozy Modern Living Room Raven Inside Interior Design / Brandon Barre What’s not to love about a room with comfortable furniture, a soothing palette, and a take notice focal point? This modern living room from Raven Inside Interior Design has them all. The sleek lines and no-frills approach to decorating is both modern and minimal, yet there’s nothing cold or impersonal about it. The warm finishes and soft furnishings make this a great room for spending a cozy night in.
  • 01 of 22 Rethink What Modern Means Apex Custom Fabrication In some corners of the decorating world “modern” is considered a dirty word. There’s a belief that modern rooms are cold and lack personality. But nothing could be further from the truth. Modern living rooms can be warm, inviting, and sometimes even downright cozy. While modern living rooms may lack some of the frills of their more embellished counterparts, they make up for it in their sleek sense of style.
  • 09 of 22 Clean and Organized Susan Manrao Design There’s something very soothing about a room with simple furnishings and basic, clean-lined accessories. In this modern living room there’s a pronounced sense of cleanliness and organization, but to keep things from becoming boring or sterile, designer Susan Manrao played with the furniture shapes, contrasting curved lines with straight. A unique wall mirror and sculptural floor lamp complete the look of this simple yet dynamic space.
  • 12 of 22 Gray Modern Living Room Grand Design London Gray has been the go-to neutral for at least a decade, and it works beautifully in modern living rooms, like this one form Grand Design London. Cooler shades, in particular, speak to the aesthetic of modern design, and when combined with black furniture you get a sleek and urban look.​
  • 16 of 22 Unique Personality Amitzi Architects Can modern design be fun and interesting? Absolutely! All it takes is a statement piece or two, some bold colors, and the willingness to follow one’s own sense of style. While the majority of pieces in this room designed by Amitzi Architects are modern, the Turkish rug pulls them together in a unique way. Combined with the statement light fixture and bold wall art, this room manages to be modern, yet has its own distinct personality.
  • 08 of 22 Dramatic Light Fixture in a Modern Living Room ZR Architects Every room needs something special—a conversation piece that grabs your attention and really completes the space. In this room from ZR Architects, it’s obviously the unique light fixture. It stands out and draws the eye to it, but it still fits in beautifully with the space. Notice how the shape mimics that of the side table, creating a connection and a sense of unity.
  • 15 of 22 Minimalist Modern Living Room The Hudson Company Modern design is really ideal for those who favor minimalism. All unnecessary elements can be stripped away, be it furniture, accessories, or decorative embellishments. The simple and streamlined aesthetic encourages thoughtful design and suggests that items that are not absolutely needed can be eliminated, leaving an open, unencumbered space. This is a great way to showcase beautiful flooring, like in this room courtesy of The Hudson Company.
  • 10 of 22 Connect with the Outdoors D’Cruz Design Group A common element found in ultra-modern homes is large windows that open up and connect the space with the outdoors. In order to make the most of this arrangement make sure to stick with a somewhat minimalist style. Make sure there’s plenty of breathing room between pieces and don’t over accessorize. Take this room from ​D’Cruz Interior Design as a perfect example.
  • 14 of 22 Modern with Mid-Century Flair Third Stone / Merle Prosofsky A modern living room can be given a little vintage boost with mid-century modern furniture. This sleek living room from Third Stone boats a smooth paneled wall, glossy floors, and a large picture window, but the Barcelona chairs and sofa, as well as the sunburst clock, add a little 1950’s flair.
  • 03 of 22 Playful Combinations in a Modern Living Room Michelle Lewis Designs Who says modern can’t be fun? Cleary not the team from Michelle Lewis Interior Design, ​the masterminds behind this room. Abstract art, a unique light fixture, and an array of colors and finishes come together to create a space that looks great and doesn’t take itself too seriously.
  • 07 of 22 Pop of Color in a Modern Living Room M House Inc. / Stephanie Buchman A pop of bright color and a take notice pattern are great ways to add a little excitement to a modern living room. In the case of this room designed by Shirley Meisels,​ the bright yellow chairs add life and excitement yet they don’t detract from the fireplace focal point. For anyone who thinks modern is boring, this living room should change their mind.

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View in galleryModern media room with a grey-based décor and a fireplace built-into the wall unit

They come in a variety of models, designs, shapes and sizes so there are plenty of options to choose from. They can easily become a part of the décor and they can be integrated into the wall or in the design of the furniture. They can even be sued as room dividers. So with the change in design also come changes on other levels. They might not be able to create the same coziness that traditional fireplaces did, but modern fireplaces present a multitude of other great advantages worth discussing.

View in galleryModern family room with large glass walls separated by a fireplace

The graphic combination of black and white is ideal for the often graphic sensibilities of modern design, like in this space from ZR Architects. The sharp lines and streamlined silhouettes suit the acute contrast in color and result in a look that is both contemporary and gender neutral.

View in galleryModern home with exposed brick accent walls and a fireplace space divider

What’s not to love about a room with comfortable furniture, a soothing palette, and a take notice focal point? This modern living room from Raven Inside Interior Design has them all. The sleek lines and no-frills approach to decorating is both modern and minimal, yet there’s nothing cold or impersonal about it. The warm finishes and soft furnishings make this a great room for spending a cozy night in.

In some corners of the decorating world “modern” is considered a dirty word. There’s a belief that modern rooms are cold and lack personality. But nothing could be further from the truth. Modern living rooms can be warm, inviting, and sometimes even downright cozy. While modern living rooms may lack some of the frills of their more embellished counterparts, they make up for it in their sleek sense of style.

View in galleryWarm and cozy family room with wood-paneled accent walls and a fireplace room dividerView in galleryEclectic living room with diverse accent pieces and a wall-mounted fireplaceView in galleryMinimalist, long fireplace integrated into the wall and complemented by warm colorsView in galleryModern fireplace blending into the minimalist brown accent wallView in galleryPartial accent wall featuring a black and white contrast, built-in fireplace and elegant pattern

What many people don’t appreciate about modern design is how easily it can be combined with other styles. This room, for instance, has some traditional architectural bones (courtesy of Murphy & Co Architects) yet the furniture and art skew modern. Together they form an almost transitional style which can be appealing to a wide variety of people.

Despite the fact that there are guidelines for every style of decorating, there really are no rules. This room, courtesy of M.B. Jesse, definitely fits the bill for modern style, yet it has a number of unique elements that separate it from the crowd. Between the wow-factor feature wall, large-scale art, and ball side table, this modern living room has a style all its own.

A common element found in ultra-modern homes is large windows that open up and connect the space with the outdoors. In order to make the most of this arrangement make sure to stick with a somewhat minimalist style. Make sure there’s plenty of breathing room between pieces and don’t over accessorize. Take this room from ​D’Cruz Interior Design as a perfect example.

View in galleryLarge open floor plan featuring a stylish fireplace room dividing structure

A modern living room with comfortable furniture, cozy fireplace and a stunning view is the perfect place for family gatherings. The key to this room’s comfort is the seating. Raven Inside Interior Design created an arrangement that provides a certain amount of intimacy while the softness encourages comfort and relaxation.

View in galleryMinimalist corner fireplace that lets you enjoy it from every angle

Modern fireplaces, even though they’re quite different in terms of design and technical details, have a different series of advantages. Most of them no longer use wood so everything we described earlier disappears with that as well. However, they offer other great elements. They’re safer and they usually feature smaller dimensions than most traditional fireplaces. Also, they can basically be installed anywhere you want.

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In order to take some of the severity away from modern style, consider light but warm colors. The built-in wall unit in this room from Candace Mary Interiors is most certainly modern in style, but the light wood tone adds softness. 

21 Modern fireplaces: Characteristics And Interior Décor Ideas

Can modern design be fun and interesting? Absolutely! All it takes is a statement piece or two, some bold colors, and the willingness to follow one’s own sense of style. While the majority of pieces in this room designed by Amitzi Architects are modern, the Turkish rug pulls them together in a unique way. Combined with the statement light fixture and bold wall art, this room manages to be modern, yet has its own distinct personality.

It’s hard to go wrong with an all-white color palette. Since modern design is about simplicity, white is a natural fit. It’s also surprisingly easy to add personality. This room from Marina Dagenais at Design Premier is very simple, yet it has a definite feminine flair.  The curved lines of the furniture, the shapely chandeliers, and the floral arrangements bring a feminine sensibility to this modern living room.

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The fireplace is almost always the focal point of a room, so why not beef it up to create an entire focal wall? In this modern living room, the focal wall (designed by ​Beinfield Architecture) is not particularly flashy, but it has a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the space. The metal panels add texture which provides more depth than something flat like paint would. It’s minimal, yet the results are huge.

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Who says modern can’t be fun? Cleary not the team from Michelle Lewis Interior Design, ​the masterminds behind this room. Abstract art, a unique light fixture, and an array of colors and finishes come together to create a space that looks great and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

View in galleryPartial space divider with a built-in fireplace that can be enjoyed from both sides

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A modern living room can be given a little vintage boost with mid-century modern furniture. This sleek living room from Third Stone boats a smooth paneled wall, glossy floors, and a large picture window, but the Barcelona chairs and sofa, as well as the sunburst clock, add a little 1950’s flair.

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