Looking for the best plaster fireplace surround ideas? Think of me as your own personal designer on this one—I’ve saved you time and compiled the 12 best ones in this post! (Plus other fireplace tips at the end!)
Today I’m sharing a peek at a new client project! (Namely, the best plaster fireplace ideas for your enjoyment. 🙂 )
Today let’s focus in on
simple, stunning fireplaces…
…from plaster to concrete, straight lines and curved, mantels and no mantels, there are SO many gorgeous options and directions we could go!
PLASTER FIREPLACE SURROUND
#12: Minimal Fireplace Plastered
Years ago, I saw this picture and breathed, “YES! This is what I want!” (Although what I think I want now has changed…see further down!)
There have been times I considered plastering over our stone fireplace to make this happen, but I’ve become emotionally attached to our white stone fireplace and can’t hide her now…😆
PS: I used to be a wood-burning fireplace purist, but here are The 5 Reasons Why We Converted our wood-burning to a gas fireplace!
MINIMAL FIREPLACE IDEAS
#11: Modern Built Ins Around Fireplace
As in these built-ins, sometimes I love leaving absolutely nothing above the mantel. Shelves can get so busy-feeling, even when they’re styled minimally like this, so it’s a nice, refreshing balance for your eyes.
WHITE PLASTER FIREPLACE
#10: Minimal Fireplace with Subtle Angles
Ever-so-slight curves here. Very subtle and unique, don’t you think? 😉
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VENETIAN PLASTER FIREPLACE
#9: Minimal Spanish Flavor
We’re going with just a hint of minimal Spanish flavor with this client since it’s located in California and our client is in love with that aesthetic, so I was drawn to the slight arc in this one—plus it’s a good example of the clean, no-mantel look!
Update: I’ll share finished client fireplace designs at the end of the list so you can see what we’ve done!
ARCHED FIREPLACE ideas
#8: Arched Fireplace Surround (With Mantel!)
The home has several arches so I keep thinking about the potential of an arched-minimal fireplace…
Here’s one of my favorite arched plaster fireplaces we created, which is a little bit of a mix of the two above:
(These three above show arched plaster fireplaces with mantels…arched without is next!)
ARCHED FIREPLACE ideas
#7: Arched Fireplace (Without Mantel!)
Honestly, there’s something so refreshing about a simple plaster fireplace without a mantel!
THIS is what I’m planning for our next house!
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Here’s a smaller, slightly narrower arch variation we created:
MODERN plaster FIREPLACE
#6: Minimal Fireplace with Wood Mantel + Shelves
On the other side of the spectrum from “no mantel” is drawing attention to the mantel. Although it’s not my favorite for this project, something like this is perfect when you need to bring in some warmth. This is a great example of what wood would look like on a minimal, modern fireplace with built-ins and open shelving to the sides.
What do you think, will these people put a TV over their fireplace? See my advice on TVs over the fireplace!
PLASTER FIREPLACE SURROUNDS
#5: Simple Modern Fireplace Mantel
Love the warmer tones in this one—not a bright white—plus I’m a sucker for any photo with a green plant! 😍
Here’s a fireplace we designed with a slight variation to the above that I love: rounded corners before the rectangular shape of the fireplace insert itself!
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#4: Warm ‘n Cozy Minimal
This goes even warmer:
modern plaster fireplace
#3: To Modern Fireplace TV Wall or Not?
Here’s going darker grey, and is set up to put a TV above it, but my personal opinion is that TVs just distract from the beauty of what could be such an elegant, minimal, almost sculpture-like fireplace focal point!
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#2: Stunning Minimalist
Can you say “texture”?! So subtle. And with the raised hearth…😍 But it’s missing a green plant!
Is it possible to have a crush on a fireplace? YES. YES IT IS.
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#1: Simple + Lived In!
Example of having more “stuff” around the fireplace, for a lived-in look. And they nailed the green plant. 😊
LIVING ROOM FIREPLACE SURROUNDS
BONUS: Updated Client Design Ideas!
Playing with shapes and curves in the fireplace can be SO FUN! You can either play with curves in your fireplace design to give interest and movement like this…
…or like this (one of my personal favorites) where we gave a more elegant feel without adding a mantel (or too many curves going up towards the ceiling):
The focal point of a fireplace becomes even more important in an extra-long room like these…
Also, try to remember that contrary to popular culture, built-ins don’t always need to be symmetrical…
…but it really depends on your room and life strategies!
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- You can also see how we turned our old fireplace into THIS! (Plus 5 tips for how to style your mantel timelessly!)
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