Santa will be shimmying down thousands of chimneys this Christmas.

With all of that fireplace focus, we asked the Big Guy for a rundown on fireplace trends in home design. (And yes, Santa asked the advice of uber-talented McClain Franks, designer with  Tennessee Valley Homes on some of the finer fireplace details.)

Polished Marble and Granite

Sleek and sophisticated, polished marble and granite are timeless options for a fireplace facade.

“Designers and builders are using marble in the kitchen, bath and fireplace surround. It adds a luxurious note to a home and really never goes out of style,” says Franks, who designed all of the fireplace and interiors seen here.

A sleek marble fireplace facade is a sophisticated option in today's design world. Home and image from Tennessee Valley Homes.

A sleek marble fireplace facade is a sophisticated option in today’s design world. Home and image from Tennessee Valley Homes.

 

Stacked Stone

Stacked stone, limestone and rough-hewn stone add a rustic note to a fireplace. Perfect for casual family areas, outdoor porches and homes that are innately simple and elegant.

A stacked stone or rough hewn limestone fireplace works beautifully in a home that has an elegant rustic vibe.

A stacked stone or rough-hewn limestone fireplace works beautifully in a home that has an elegant rustic vibe. Home and Image from Tennessee Valley Homes

 

Painted Brick

Painted brick is the best of both worlds. Not as sleek as marble, nor as rustic as stone, painted brick can read traditional or modern depending on the elements you surround it with.

“A painted brick fireplace is timeless. And it is an instant update to an existing fireplace that perhaps has an unattractive colored brick. It looks clean and fresh and can work with virtually every style decor,” says Franks.

Painted brick is a neutral in the world of fireplace material. It can read traditional or modern depending on what you pair it with.

Painted brick is a neutral in the world of fireplace material. It can read traditional or modern depending on what you pair it with. Fireplace and image from Tennessee Valley Homes

 

Rough-hewn mantel

The perfect juxtaposition in design, a rough-hewn mantel adds an earthy, organic feel to a fireplace. Often paired with ceiling beams that echo the same texture, this is another trend that can update an existing fireplace.

“I love a rough-hewn mantel. Especially when paired with stone. It feels warm and welcoming. And you can really dress it up or down depending on what you accessorize the mantel with,” says Franks.

A rough hewn mantel is a counterpoint to an elegant home design. Ceiling beams echo the organic, earthy feel that the mantel evokes. Home and Image from Tennessee Valley Homes.

A rough-hewn mantel is a counterpoint to an elegant home design. Ceiling beams echo the organic, earthy feel that the mantel evokes. Home and Image from Tennessee Valley Homes.