Fireplace Upgrade: Modern Gas Fireplace Ideas to Elevate Your Living Space

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably thinking about installing a gas fireplace with a modern edge. While gas fireplaces were more widespread in the ‘70s and ‘80s, that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck in time there.

Modern Gas Fireplace Ideas

After all, while electric fireplaces are a great option, we understand that there are certain benefits to using a gas fireplace.

Nowadays, there’s a lot more you can do with a gas fireplace, and in many cases, they’re still reliable. Most homes have gas systems already installed, and we love the amount of control having a gas fireplace gives us.

If you’re reading this article, you’re most likely thinking about installing a gas fireplace with a modern twist. And who can blame you?

We can put on our gas fireplace with the flick of a switch, and we don’t have to change the logs or destroy any trees in the process. It saves energy and doesn’t only warm up one part of the house, as it has a constant heat stream.

Best of all? There’s no actual cleaning involved. We can still have all the elegant aesthetics of a wood-burning fireplace but as a more environmentally friendly option.

There’s no doubt we’ll be able to supply you with a treasure trove of inspiration. So, let’s look at some of our favourite modern gas fireplaces found online.

Examples Of Modern Gas Fireplaces

In this section, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of our favourite gas fireplaces that we’ve seen on Pinterest. We’ll explain how these fireplaces appear modern and analyse how we can make our fireplaces more modern. 

This gas fireplace makes us think of warm campfires with decorative logs beside the glass panel. Including a collection of logs within the shelving merged with the surrounds. It makes this design both rustic and modern.

The other side’s sculptures show us how we can decorate sparsely around it. However, despite the rustic log collections on either side, it fits perfectly with the modern decor around it, so we can feel like we’re at a campsite while watching TV.

When we think about modern fireplaces, it’s easy to imagine hard, rectangular edges. We like this design because it leaves us plenty of space to decorate around it.

Instead of being a standard fireplace, it’s partially in the wall with a cast iron shell, and we can see how it’s ventilated. It appears to be at the perfect height, allowing us to sit down and enjoy the warmth.

With the cylindrical design, we believe that we can place this fireplace anywhere in our home, so long as the ventilation pipe is uncovered and the heat can escape. 

We appreciate how the fireplace itself doesn’t take up too much space with this design. There would be plenty of room to decorate around it as we wouldn’t have to worry about finding a matching surround.

We don’t even have to worry about the hearth, and it’s as though it’s part of the wall. Just looking at this design, we can imagine how we’d sit in a chair with a good book as the fire burns behind a panel in the wall. 

We love this design because it is both classic and modern. The modern colour of the panels around it and the traditional yet modern mantel fit perfectly in this home. The fireplace itself looks like another TV, and it fits perfectly with the size.

The logs are carefully placed, showing us a small fire behind a reflective black glass. While the mantel and back panel are more traditional, the fireplace itself is delightfully modern.

We love how the fireplace fits in perfectly below the TV and soundbar, which are also installed in the wall. We can see how the airflow is ventilated from above. We found that it almost looks like a tank, with logs on display.

We can appreciate how we could modify the flames and control the amount of fire to appear, with the embers offering a source of light too.

We like that it fits into the wall behind a glass panel, and how it is kept separate from the rest of the room with the panel below. We can imagine the ambience that this fireplace provides!

We adore the wrap-around design of this two-sided gas fireplace, so we can appreciate two different angles. It doesn’t take up too much space, and the flames behind the glass help give it a sense of ambience.

The wood above doesn’t detract, and the marble trim beneath allows a perfect position to sit nearby with a book and appreciate the design. Using mixed elements such as marble, wood and glass allow it to have a modern aesthetic that can’t be overlooked.

The monochrome aesthetic of this gas fireplace is perfect for any modern home. The glass conceals a fire that looks like a campfire.

Unlike some of the other fireplaces, the way it’s positioned puts it at centre stage, while the decorations above don’t stand out as much.

We love how the wallpaper points at the fireplace and the TV, and the mantel serves as a perfect divider and fits with the colour scheme of the panels around the fireplace.

We adore this modern tunnel-through gas fireplace, as it serves as a divider to two different rooms, and the space in the walls can double into a bookshelf.

The placement of the fireplace provides a natural space in between, and it allows us to enjoy the warmth of the fire in two rooms instead of one.

With how the seats around the fireplace are positioned, we love that everyone can sit back and relax and still communicate through each room. 

We adore this bedroom fireplace as it is almost camouflaged in how it’s designed. The dark colours allow the fireplace to serve as a natural nightlight.

As it’s placed in the bedroom between the windows, the attention is naturally drawn to the fireplace embers at night.

We love how it serves as a centrepoint in the room, and it showcases how we can place a gas fireplace in any room, so long as the ventilation is accurate.

We understand that Christmas is the time to decorate our fireplaces, and with this modern fireplace, we can see how it would look. While the gas fireplace placement makes it appear more traditional, the colour makes this design modern.

We love how the white paint around the brick walls and hearth prevent the gas fireplace from feeling too traditional. Instead, with this design, we can see how the colour can impact the modern aesthetic of this festive fireplace. 

Our favourite part of this fireplace is that while it’s modern, it’s also classic. While the dark wooden furniture may feel traditional, the gas fire in the window shows how modern it is.

In a monochrome brick wall, with hardwood shelves that connect to the mantle, this fireplace stands out. We love how it merges two distinct styles, and the idea of merging our fireplace with our shelving units is absolutely ingenious. 

When we think of a modern design, this is the one that comes to mind. It’s white, angular, and doesn’t draw too much attention to itself. The fireplace has the appearance of a campfire behind glass, but it stars as the centre of attention.

The surround doesn’t distract from it in any way, and the white colours and understated design can allow anyone to sit back and relax. 

Truthfully, we love this design because it almost feels like we’re sitting in a museum and watching a campfire on display.

The way it’s built allows it to remain separate from the rest of the living room, and keeps it as a focal point in the room.

With this design, we expect that when it’s not winter, it’s easy to forget about this corner of the room. However, once the cold weather comes around, it will stand out among the plain white wall around it. 

We love this small central fireplace because it doesn’t take up too much room, and yet it stands out among the rest. With this type of fireplace, it’s difficult not to imagine sitting back and relaxing with a coffee beside it.

The industrial appearance wouldn’t be lost in a café, and we could easily sit and watch the flames contentedly in this cosy corner of the room. 

The ashwood backing and the traditional white surround placed in front of the coffee table makes this modern fireplace feel at home in a Hallmark movie.

We love how the embers stand out and how it serves as the focal point instead of the TV. We love the colours used, and it shows us that modern fireplaces don’t always have to lose sight of traditional views to enjoy a modern design.

A marbled wall can offer a classical yet modern design. It merges perfectly with the wooden shelving on the walls. Placing the shelving units in the gaps in the walls can save space instead of wasting it.

While it may feel expensive, this design could easily be emulated with the right wallpaper. Including lighting on the shelves beside the walls offers warm lighting.

Using wooden shelves and marble walls can give us more freedom with the other materials used around the house. 

Black and white walls are essential to any modern scheme, and we find that painting our surroundings black offers us a perfect camouflage in the warmer months.

Instead of using wood filaments, pebble filaments can hide the fact we even have a fireplace in the summer. We love how understated this design is, and it’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to feel like showing off their fireplace all year around. 

Wooden panels in the wall around our fireplace can be a great method to show off a modern design for anyone who lives in an older home.

Paint the panel in the surrounds a white colour, and we find that the mantel can be used to show off any decorations that we may have.

It stands out more than if we had a traditional fireplace, and the mantel itself doesn’t take up too much room. Instead, removing the surround and the hearth saves us space. 

We’ve previously mentioned modern tunnel fires before, and how they can offer warmth to more than one room. We love how this design shares warmth with the dining room, kitchen, and living room.

The placement of it ensures that we can still see the fire, and can keep everyone warm when eating or chilling in the living room.

The arrangement makes it perfect for keeping everyone involved in any conversation, and we love how it serves as the one distinguishing feature that connects all three rooms together. 

We appreciate how the fireplace is in a contained area within the wall here, with plenty of space away from the mantel. While it doesn’t take up too much room, the lack of a surround or hearth ensures that it doesn’t take up more attention from the TV.

Meanwhile the mantel can be a perfect place to put TV remotes or decorations, becoming a key place to put areas.

The fireplace is high up from the ground to prevent the ground around it from heating up, and we love how it’s small enough that it doesn’t distract from everything else in the house. 

Instead of having a small tunnel wall, we could easily get caught up in the windowed gas fireplace here that serves as its own wall.

Along with the marble surround-like wall around it, we find that it’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t care for the wall around it.

We find that this fireplace offers a transparent wall that almost appears as though it is an aquarium-like appearance.

As there are plenty of embers and light stones to form around the flames, and there’s plenty of space for the flames to grow. 

What we love about this gas fireplace is that it stands out with the brick placement around it. It provides an urban aesthetic that looks different from the rest of the room.

With the wooden filaments around it, we love how the gas fireplace is divided into this corner of the room, with the brick flooring taking in the heat that would otherwise affect the laminate flooring.

The mantel appears to be half of a surround, and we appreciate how using the surround ensures the brick placement around the fireplace doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. 

We can’t deny that we love gas fireplaces that are ventilated through a visible pipe going through the ceiling.

Instead of worrying about making room for a surround, hearth, and mantel, we can avoid all that by having a localised area for the smoke to be ventilated and ensuring that the area around the fireplace isn’t overheated.

By using stones as filaments, we can have an industrial appearance that works in most modern designs.

While modern designs may appear to be all about industrial and angular designs. If anyone has a curved wall they would love to make use of, we recommend converting it into a fireplace.

We love how this design works because it is all kept in a compact location and doesn’t take up too much space. Instead, it works as a makeshift fire pit where we can place plenty of pebble filaments inside. 

It’s not just the surround and hearth that can make a fireplace more modern. We find that using concrete and ceramic fireballs can offer a modern look for a more affordable price.

We love how these control the flames; the more we have, the better the design looks. Instead of relying on rocks, granite, and wood, we can use these to showcase how we don’t need to change everything to make our fireplaces more modern. 

Earlier, we mentioned how a curved fireplace could save space in our homes. However, they’re also perfect if we have a spare corner to use.

Placing a fireplace in the corner allows everyone to gather around when the weather gets colder. Having a fireplace below the TV in the living room can feel overdone, and we understand why.

Fireplaces are the focal point of the living room, but with this design, we can shun tradition and enjoy the fire radiating from the corner.

We love how this gas fireplace fits perfectly on the countertop here. Instead of being underneath the TV, this design fits perfectly beside it.

We love how it doesn’t take up too much space and how the ventilation pipe keeps it separate from other materials.

It’s as though we have an old oven in the living room, yet it doesn’t seem out of place. Instead, it fits perfectly in this area and offers plenty of heat from a higher level. 

How To Modernise Your Gas Fireplace

We have found a variety of ways that we can modernise our gas fireplaces (see also ‘How To Turn On A Gas Fireplace‘) without making any major adjustments. Many gas fireplace adjustments can be made by changing the exterior of our fireplace. 

Change Your Fireplace’s Surround

We’ve found that it’s not the fireplace that makes it look modern. Instead, it’s the surround. Many people don’t realise that they can change their fireplace’s surround and that they can replace a more traditional fireplace surround.

Installing a surround isn’t difficult, and we’ve found that they can change the overall aesthetic of our homes. 

Surrounds can be made from different materials and can be put into different colours. Materials such as limestone and black granite are perfect for a modern fireplace.

However, an affordable wooden surround can still provide a modern look, but we know they can also be painted and stained to fit a modern room.

Replace The Filaments In Your Fireplace

We’ve noticed that the filaments in the fireplace can be changed to make it more modern. We don’t need to use wood, pebbles, and coal. Instead, there are other filaments that can be used.

For example, there are stone balls that can control the flames, and with them, we don’t have to change the exterior of our fireplace.

Instead, we’ve found that these can offer an easier method of making our fireplaces more modern for a more affordable price.

Install A New Gas Fireplace

Not everyone can afford a new fireplace, but for those who can, why not get a new fireplace installed? If you have an older fireplace, even a new surround may not be able to upgrade the design.

While it may be more expensive, we recommend contacting a professional to install a new one for you. 

If you’re happy with your surround and can still improve that yourself, then replacing the fireplace without changing the design can make the design more inexpensive. 

Change The Furniture Around Your Fireplace

Sometimes, it’s not the fireplace that needs to be upgraded. Perhaps it’s the furniture around our fireplace that is making it stay back in time.

If the rest of your furniture is more traditional while the fireplace is modern, you may want to change the way your furniture is arranged. 

Not all fireplaces need modern materials; instead, we think you could change your accessories.

Modern designs invoke minimalist thoughts, and less furniture can draw more attention to a modern design than if the mantel and shelves are cluttered with furniture. 

Final Thoughts

Gas fireplaces don’t need to invoke retro feelings of the past and are often better than electric fireplaces. We’ve found that they heat up quickly, and nowadays, there are many more ways to customise them so that they have a modern design.

In many cases, we don’t have to do major adjustments, and instead, we could change them by painting, changing filaments, or even adjusting furniture around our gas fireplace. 

Stevie Morris