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Ideas for Contemporary Fireplace Surrounds and Mantels

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With your new fireplace likely to be the focal point of any room, it’s important you choose the best surround to both complement your fireplace and match your decor.

Contemporary fireplace surrounds have grown in popularity thanks to their clean lines and dynamic designs. An excellent option for pairing with inset electric fires and inset gas fires, these minimalist designs incorporate art deco with simple styling in marble and limestone.

Fire surrounds are often thought of as being heavy-looking, dark and full of classical grooves and flourishes. Our contemporary fire surrounds and mantels are available in the most popular materials to contrast with each fire and your home. 

So, Direct Fireplaces has picked out how you can get in on the contemporary fireplace mantel and surrounds trend.

Read on to find out our contemporary fireplace surround ideas to match every home and styling personality…

White Contemporary Fire Surround

One of the most popular and able to be used for all home designs, white contemporary fire surrounds can complement silver or gold fires.

Whether it’s to contrast with a black or dark stone hearth, blending into the surrounding walls or going for a minimalistic Scandinavian approach, modern white fire surrounds come in a variety of materials. These surrounds frame your fire perfectly and, thanks to a range of sizes, you don’t have to worry about your new fire being out of proportion.

The Gallery Collection Delection Agean Limestone Fire Surround is one of our favourite contemporary fireplace surround models. Available in a 52 and 56-inch size, this is a simple and sleek design that’s one of our most popular Agean limestone fireplaces. This surround can be used with open fires or electric, making it a versatile option for the home. This curvy surround is striking without being too dominant.

Related: How to Create a Stunning White Fireplace

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Another option is the Axon Nelson Limestone Fireplace, made from 100% natural Limestone. This elegantly styled fireplace features a Portuguese limestone surround with understated style so it doesn’t draw all of the attention from the room. With clean and simple lines, this surround works in any home or apartment. The Nelson works ideally with modern fires for the complete contemporary look.

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Contemporary Oak Fireplace Surround

For a warming look, even when your fire isn’t burning away, nothing beats an oak fireplace surround and its versatile design.

Providing a natural contrast with metal fires or neutral black, these stunning fire surrounds will blend with your home’s accessories and furnishings without dominating the decor. So, whether your room is traditional or modern, our collection of contemporary oak fireplace surrounds are an excellent choice for striking the perfect balance.

The Pureglow Stanford Wooden Fire Surround is a simple but incredibly stylish surround that has been designed to complement both modern and traditional room designs. The Stanford has an understated design with clean modern lines and thick shelf, perfect for displaying photos. The Stanford is available in two sizes, 48 and 54 inch with an optional hearth and back panel.

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The Pureglow Hanley Wooden Fire Surround is available in beautiful natural oak veneer for a quality look. With its smooth lines and delicate styling, the Hanely surround will look great in any room setting. This, combined with its low-energy downlights, will ensure a beautiful focal point to your living room. Available in two sizes, 48 and 54 inches, the Henley works wonderfully with electric and gas fires.

Related: The Best Gas Fires 2019/2020

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Contemporary Black Granite Fire Surround

If you want to make a real statement with your fireplace, a contemporary black granite fire surround is the best choice for their bold style.

Black granite fireplaces look stunning when matched with chrome fires, the contrast brings the cool contemporary monochrome look into your home with ease. For added drama, black fire surrounds and cast iron fires strike the balance between modern and traditional styling. When polished, these glossy granite fire surrounds add a real sense of style.

The Cast Tec Durham Black Granite Fire Surround is bold and beautiful in its high gloss finish. The generous mantel depth provides you with plenty of room for all your favourite family photos or ornaments. Crafted from Black Granite, the Durham is a sure-fire way to create a bold and contemporary centrepiece with a guaranteed wow factor. This grand and striking surround is available in 53 and 59-inch sizes.

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The Gallery Rydal Black Granite Surround is a modern and sleek design with clean lines that is the ideal contemporary granite fire surround if you’re looking for something subtle. Striking the balance between traditional and modern design, the Rydal is 48 inches wide, so it won’t dwarf a fire. Its mantel provides excellent depth for displaying photos and ornaments while the black granite will look stunning with a chrome fire.

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We hope these small fireplace ideas have helped you find the right fire for your home. See our full range of fireplaces, fires and fire surrounds for more – we offer low prices and free delivery.

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