17 Fireplace Accent Wall Ideas (Paint, Tiles & Stone)

Here’s our gallery of fireplace accent wall ideas, including the different materials for your home’s living room hearth designs.
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Due to modern home heating systems, traditional fireplaces have slowly gone down in popularity. Traditional fireplaces often require a lot of maintenance and occupy quite some space in the house, so in contemporary homes where space is a premium, they have slowly lost popularity.

But of course, as technology progressed, so did their designs. Modern technology also brought about different types of fireplaces to adapt to modern times.  Although centralized heating systems have become popular, they cannot replicate a fireplace’s special ambiance and warmth.

Here are the different types of contemporary fireplaces you can find:

Electric Fireplace: these are basically like electric heaters that mimic traditional coal/wood-burning hearths. They don’t produce smoke and plug into a wall, so they are easy to maintain and safe.

Gas Fireplace: if you want a traditional fireplace that burns wood, a gas insert is a good option. They look like real wood fireplaces, but instead of wood, they burn gas. It does require venting, unlike electric models, so keep that in mind

Gas Log fireplace: if you have an existing traditional hearth, using gas logs is a great alternative for real wood. They are made from ceramic and can be fashioned to look like real wood, but it doesn’t produce soot and is easier to maintain

Apart from the cozy ambiance, adding a hearth into your home instantly elevates the look of the space, giving it a more posh and cozy feel. 

Because there are dozens of choices for fireplaces, it has become easier to install one in any modern home. You can add an electric insert even in small nooks or corners of your home, and it will instantly become a conversation piece and focal point in the room. 

Depending on where you place it and how you style it, you can transform the fireplace as the main feature of the space. Here are some great examples that you can look at. [toc]

Fireplace Feature Wall

If you want your fireplace to become a feature wall of your home, you need to place it in a distinct position that will emphasize the feature and help make it the focal point of the space. 

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The gas insert is placed on the corner edge of an accent wall for this modern living room. The fireplace is placed near a combined living and dining room, so it can be enjoyed and viewed from both spaces. 

The addition of built-in shelves and other materials surrounding the structure also help make it stand out.

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The placement of this gas insert helps it stand out in the space. It is placed at the center of the room in a column-like structure, allowing you to appreciate it from many angles. 

The gray finish also helps it stand out from the rest of the space.

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This fireplace has gas logs displayed on the sides to recreate the feel of the traditional wood-burning hearth. The wall is clad with cream-colored onyx stone, giving a subtle yet elegant appeal.

Accent Wall Around Fireplace

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Symmetry is the key in this formal living area. Placing it at the center of the living room and surrounding it with storage and display on each side creates a beautiful balance that helps frame the simple electric insert.

The large wood fireplace mantel features the same type of wood as the shelving on either side of the chimney. This also matches the finishes of the built-in storage cabinets and wall paint.

Accent Wall With Fireplace And TV

Because most electric fireplaces don’t require vents like traditional types, you can easily install them on an existing wall. You can also install a TV above it with no worries because of how it works.

This is great for spaces that only have one living room – this way, you can enjoy both entertainment and a good, warm ambiance of a fire. 

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For this contemporary living room, the electric insert and the TV were built-in on the same accent wall, making it the focal point of the space. The TV and the insert were made to be the same width as well to create good symmetry and balance.

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For this cozy living room, a narrow and long electric insert is installed right under the wall-mounted TV, keeping it subtle but also easily visible from the sofa. This is perfect for modern spaces that don’t have much space.

Fireplace With Wood Accent Wall

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If you want to keep your fireplace low-key and blend it into modern interiors, you can consider placing it with your built-in cabinetry. 

For this living room, the wood adds to the warm atmosphere and helps keep the effect very low-key.

Gray Accent Wall With Fireplace

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This gas fireplace is placed on the wall, separating the living and dining areas. This was designed for the fire to be viewable from both sides of the space. 

The wall surrounding the design was clad with gray tiles to make it stand out against the wooden walls and flooring, helping take your eye’s attention to it.

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This fireplace has been repurposed into a gas-log firebox. To match the mid-century modern look of the space, the brick cladding surrounding the hearth was painted in gray to match the modern aesthetic of the space. Read more about painting a brick fireplace here.

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The wall where the small gas insert is installed is clad with stone tiles, making it stand out and adding more texture to this contemporary space. 

The gray tone of the stone tiles helps make it subtle enough to blend in with the other finishes in the space.

Black Accent Wall Fireplace

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Black marble gives any surface an instant luxurious look. This gas insert clads the fireplace wall with polished black marble from floor to ceiling, making it the main feature of the space.

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Because modern fireplace dimensions are available in many sizes, you don’t need a large wall to place it in. 

Just like in this living room, a very small electric wall insert was installed in the corner. The wall was clad in black stone tiles to make it stand out but doesn’t occupy much space.

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For this contemporary rustic home, the gas insert wall was clad with horizontal wood slats painted in black to give it a more modern look and, at the same time, help the golden accessories placed above to pop out more.

Accent Wall Brick Fireplace

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This traditional whitewashed fireplace was converted from wood to a gas log glass front hearth. To match the classic aesthetic of the space, the firebox wall is clad in white bricks with a matching white mantel to complete the classic look.

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To match the cozy cabin aesthetic of the space, the hearth wall is also clad with bricks, giving a sturdy finish that adds texture to the space and complements the wood finishes. A floating fireplace mantel is a nice touch for displaying decor items.

Painted Fireplace Accent Wall

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You don’t always need fancy finishes to surround your fireplace. Sometimes, a simple painting will do. 

Like this contemporary living room, the fireplace wall is simply painted in white to match the rest of the walls and cabinets, giving a really clean look making it very easy on the eyes.

See more related content in our article about contemporary living room ideas on this page.

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