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Modern and Stylish Fireplace Design: A Guide to Stone and Marble Surrounds

Fireplaces have long been the heart of the home, offering warmth and a focal point for interior design. In modern homes, the fireplace has evolved from a purely functional feature to a statement piece that combines style with substance.

Limestone Fireplacve surround with grey woodburning stove in cube style

At Fire BY DESIGN, we understand the importance of selecting the perfect fireplace surround to complement your décor. In this post, we’ll explore the sophisticated choices available in stone and marble, focusing on natural limestone including Aegean limestone, Portuguese veined limestone, Charmot limestone, and the elegant options in granite and marble.

The Elegance of Limestone

Limestone is a timeless choice for fireplace surrounds, prized for its natural beauty and versatility. Here, we delve into the unique characteristics of different types of limestone available at Fire BY DESIGN.


Natural limestone offers a classic look with subtle variations in colour and texture. It’s durable and can be crafted into various shapes, making it a versatile choice for both traditional and modern settings. Its neutral tones complement a wide range of interior styles, from rustic to contemporary.

Aegean Limestone:

Fire By Design Showroom on display is the Epsom Fireplace Surround in Aegean Limestone with Arada Holborn Stove within.

Aegean limestone is known for its light, creamy colour and smooth texture. This type of limestone exudes a sense of tranquility and sophistication, perfect for creating a serene and stylish fireplace surround. Its understated elegance makes it ideal for minimalist and modern designs.

Portuguese Veined Limestone:

Portugeuse Veined Limestone surround - FDC UK Ludlow with the Fondis Stella 3 H700 fire within and Honed Black Granite Hearth and Slips in the Fire BY Design showroom

Portuguese veined limestone features distinctive veining patterns that add character and depth to your fireplace surround. The natural veining creates a unique and eye-catching design element, making each fireplace a one-of-a-kind piece. This limestone is perfect for those who appreciate natural artistry in their home décor.

Charmot Limestone:

The FDC UK Salisbury Bolection Fireplace in Charmot Limestone with matching slips and a Honed Black Granite Hearth with the Arada Holborn Standard Gas Fire in the Fire By Design Showroom

Charmot limestone is characterised by its rich, warm hues and fossilised textures. It brings a touch of history and natural beauty to any fireplace surround. Its robust appearance and earthy tones make it an excellent choice for traditional and rustic interiors, adding a sense of heritage and charm.

The Grandeur of Granite and Marble

For those seeking a more luxurious and polished look, granite and marble are unmatched in their elegance and durability. These materials have been used for centuries in the finest architecture and continue to be a popular choice for modern fireplace surrounds.

The Scarpa is a robust design of architectural form with minimal mouldings which include inward facing concave shaped mouldings that require precise masonry skills. Equally at home in a period or contemporary interior


Granite is renowned for its strength and durability, making it an excellent choice for a long-lasting fireplace surround. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, from speckled black to vibrant reds and greens. Granite’s natural beauty and resilience make it a practical yet stunning option for both contemporary and classic interiors.


The Manhatten Fireplace Surround in the Fire By Design Showroom in Wimborne with the Gazco Riva 2 600HL Gas Firewithin

Marble exudes luxury and sophistication. Its smooth, polished surface and dramatic veining patterns make it a show-stopping choice for any fireplace surround. Whether you prefer the classic look of white Carrara marble or the bold appeal of darker varieties like Nero Marquina, marble brings a timeless elegance to your home.

Shapes, Styles, and Eras

At Fire BY DESIGN, we offer a range of shapes and styles to suit different tastes and architectural eras. Whether you are looking for a sleek, modern design or a more traditional, ornate surround, our collection has something for everyone.

Modern Minimalism:

For a clean, minimalist look, consider a simple, unadorned surround in Aegean limestone or polished granite. These materials, with their smooth finishes and subtle hues, complement modern interiors perfectly.

Classic Elegance:

If you’re drawn to the classics, a marble surround with intricate carvings or a Portuguese veined limestone with its unique patterns can add a touch of timeless elegance to your home. These surrounds are ideal for homes with traditional or transitional décor.

Rustic Charm:

For a more rustic or country-style interior, Charmot limestone with its fossilised textures and warm colours is a perfect choice. Pair it with natural wood accents and cozy furnishings to create a welcoming and warm ambiance.

Eclectic Designs:

For those who love to mix and match styles, combining different materials and finishes can create a unique and personalized look. A natural limestone surround with a granite hearth, for example, can bring together the best of both worlds.

At Fire BY DESIGN, we take pride in offering a curated selection of fireplace surrounds that cater to various styles and preferences. Here are a few highlights from our collection:

The Aegean Collection:

Featuring sleek and modern designs in Aegean limestone, perfect for minimalist interiors.

The Heritage Line:

Showcasing the rich textures and warm tones of Charmot limestone, ideal for traditional and rustic homes.

The Veined Elegance Range:

Elegant surrounds crafted from Portuguese veined limestone, each piece unique in its natural beauty.

The Marble Majesty Collection:

Luxurious marble surrounds in a variety of colors and finishes, perfect for adding a touch of grandeur to any space.

Selecting the right fireplace surround involves considering both the aesthetic and functional aspects of your home. Whether you prefer the natural beauty of limestone or the polished elegance of marble and granite, Fire BY DESIGN offers a range of options to suit your style and enhance your living space. Explore our collections today and find the perfect centerpiece for your home.

For visual inspiration, be sure to visit our showroom, where we showcase a variety of styles and designs to spark your imagination. Let Fire BY DESIGN help you create a warm, stylish, and inviting fireplace that you’ll love for years to come.

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