I am amazed at how I continue to get all googly-eyed every time I see a fireplace. I am especially googly-eyed when contemporary and modern styles are combined. To use design to create through extraordinary architectural details, it is beyond stunning. Also, to put the chocolate icing on the cake (yes – I am beyond obsessed with chocolate), when certain features are designed to fit perfectly in well-designed spaces, they tend to become the ultimate focal point. My friends usually laugh when I say that my kitchen is not the heart of my home, but my cozy, warm, and inviting living room with the massive fireplace sure is.

Oh, how I love architectural details. Yikes, I get all excited!

While being decorative and functional, statement-making and dominant, cozy and warm, fireplaces give way to enhancing a space on an entirely different level. They add the much-needed character as well as create a unique vibe. So, whether traditional, modern, contemporary, farmhouse, transitional, or any other style, fireplaces make a room feel more than cozy and welcoming, they become a definite wow factor.

The possibilities are beyond endless when deciding to start fresh or updating an older fireplace. Choosing a style, size (large, medium, small or in between), finish or a specific kind such as open or closed, gas, wood-burning, electric, corn or wood pellet, the options are limitless.

Are you looking to update? Check out some great inspiration below to get those creative juices flowing.

Design Tip: A fireplace and television should work together and not become a distraction or competition.


Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.