11 Living Room Layouts With A Corner Fireplace To Inspire You

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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.

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.

A wooden rack with books and decorations in Scandinavian living room interior with fireplace, coffee table and corner sofa, 11 Living Room Layouts With A Corner Fireplace To Inspire You

1. A Different Angle

Modern living room with corner fireplace, white sofa and glass coffee tableLayout of a modern living room with corner fireplace, white sofa and glass coffee table

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.

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2. Forward Focus

Wooden table on round rug near sofa in spacious living room interior with fireplace and paintingLayout of a wooden table on round rug near sofa in spacious living room interior with fireplace and painting

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

Fireplace in living room in the mountainsLayout of a fireplace in living room in the mountains

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

Vaulted ceiling living room with glass sliding doors to a patioLayout of a vaulted ceiling living room with glass sliding doors to a patio

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.

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5. Side by Side

Colorful pillows on a red corner couch in white living room interior with gray rugLayout of colorful pillows on a red corner couch in white living room interior with gray rug

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. 

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6. Double Feature

White wooden rack with books, decor, fresh plants and simple posters in bright Scandinavian living room interior with fireplace, coffee table and corner sofaLayout of a bright Scandinavian living room interior with fireplace, coffee table and corner sofa

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.

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7. Blend In

Modern living room interior with white sofa, blue wooden coffee table and carpet on parquet floorLayout of a modern living room interior with white sofa, blue wooden coffee table and carpet on parquet floor

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

Basement living room interior with modern furniture and entertainmentLayout of a basement living room interior with modern furniture and entertainment

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

Large corner gray sofa in living room with white wall, fireplace and coffee tableLayout of a large corner gray sofa in living room with white wall, fireplace and coffee table

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

Cozy living room interior surrounded with luxury furniture and fireplaceLayout of a cozy living room interior surrounded with luxury furniture and fireplace

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

Living room in a modern style with cozy sofa set and carpet on floorLayout of living room in a modern style with cozy sofa set and carpet on floor

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.

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In Closing

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:

What Color Should My Fireplace Mantel Be? [3 Design Options]

How High Should A Fireplace Mantel Be?

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