When designing your living room, you can't always choose every detail of the layout. The placement of permanent elements like walls, windows, and built-in shelves will likely be out of your control--unless you are custom-building a new home or performing an extreme remodel. Your fireplace is one of the elements you might not get to place exactly where you want, but that doesn't mean you can't make it work for your family's needs.
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We've collected photos and floor plans of 11 living rooms with corner fireplaces. Check them out to help you arrange your current living room or to help you decide where to place your fireplace if you're designing a new one.
1. A Different Angle
This fireplace sits in the corner on a diagonal wall. Rather than attempt to orient the whole room on that angle, this living room builds the seating arrangement around the entertainment center. This layout allows the whole family to gather to watch a movie, while still leaving enough space in front of the fireplace to enjoy the warmth and view of a cozy fire. And when you'd like a seat closer to the fire, an ottoman can provide the perfect spot.
2. Forward Focus
Although this fireplace sits in a corner, this layout manages to make it the living room's focus. A simple but large sectional couch makes the most of the space and ensures a seat for everyone in the home and that everyone can enjoy an evening in front of the fire.
The extra-large window and minimal decor help to give this room a bright, open look. Choosing light tones for all the wood in the room, including the fireplace, helps contribute to that light, airy feeling.
3. Center of Attention
Though built into the corner of a wall, this fireplace technically sits in the center of the room. This clever placement allows the fireplace to be enjoyed from two sides.
The sectional couch perfectly fits the space on one side to provide cozy fireside seating. The space next to the patio doors is the perfect spot for a small table and chairs or a reading nook. However you choose to outfit this room, the fireplace can be appreciated from any angle. And the bold color makes it a true statement piece.
4. Cozy Connection
This layout gives everyone the best seat in the house. No matter where you sit, you can enjoy everything this living room has to offer--the television set, the fireplace, and the gorgeous window view--all at once. And during the holidays, it even provides the perfect spot for a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Cozy winter nights are guaranteed in this rustic living room.
5. Side by Side
The position of this fireplace doesn't leave much room for curling up in front of it. But by placing the couch beside it, you'll still be able to feel its warmth. Though this fireplace is tucked to the side, decorating the mantle with plants and other special touches helps keep it a focal point in the room rather than an afterthought.
6. Double Feature
This corner fireplace can be viewed from two sides, so it only makes sense to frame it with a two-sided couch. When you want to maximize the seating options without cluttering your living room with a lot of extra furniture, opt for a sectional couch. The size of this sectional is the ideal fit for the room and the ideal placement for featuring the fireplace.
7. Blend In
No matter its placement, you might not want your fireplace to be the centerpiece of the room. If that's the case, consider painting it the same color as the walls, so it blends into the living room rather than standing out. And for the times you'd like to snuggle up in front of the fireplace rather than forget it's there, opt for easily moveable furniture. Notice the wheels on this unique couch. An option like this allows the whole space to stay flexible and easily rearranged on a moment's notice to use however you want.
8. Stand Out
This living room opts for the opposite design aesthetic. Painting the fireplace a color that contrasts with the walls will guarantee it stands out. For rooms that feature both a fireplace and a TV, placing them right next to each other provides a central focal point for the room and allows you to give them both the full attention you want whenever you need it.
9. Minimal Impact
This living room layout presents another option for a corner fireplace that is open on two sides. Placing the sectional beside the fireplace rather than facing it minimizes the fireplace's presence in the room while still providing plenty of space to enjoy it from any angle.
How you choose to orient your furniture will impact how people perceive the various elements in the room, so keep that in mind when choosing your layout to create the exact effect and focus you want. This living room evokes a minimalist style, and the placement of the fireplace fits right in with that motif.
10. Modern Trends
The corner of this living room features a custom-designed fireplace and shelving unit. The modern design and contrasting stonework in the unique fireplace help cement its place as the star of the room, even though it's not quite centered. The space built-in beside the fireplace provides extra storage while preserving the clean lines and contemporary look of this fashionable living room.
11. Made for Comfort
This living room is designed for comfort. Curl up on the couch that faces the fireplace, and you won't even have to turn your head to watch your favorite show.
A diagonal wall like this could present some challenges in arranging your furniture, but with the dedicated space carved out for the TV and the built-in shelves and extra storage on either side of the fireplace, it couldn't be simpler to find the perfect spot for every piece to go. To maximize the comfy, cozy factor in your living room, opt for a thick, plush rug that fills most of the floor.
A fireplace, even when it's built into a corner, is often the central element in a living room. How you choose to arrange your furniture around it will determine how your room looks and how you can use it. Hopefully, these 11 ideas have inspired you to find the perfect layout for your living room with a corner fireplace. For more fireplace design inspiration, check out these articles: