Gone are the days when all fireplaces were made from stone or brick and designed to work with wood. These days, most fireplaces burn either propane or natural gas, which leaves room for a lot more creativity in design. So, if you are looking for a fireplace for your modern home and want something with a lot of character, here are a few of the top options to consider.

Freestanding Fireplaces

Fireplaces are traditionally built into the wall, but there's no need to do this with a gas fireplace. A freestanding fireplace, which is built in either a pedestal or a column, is a great choice if you want the fireplace to be the focal point of your room. You can have the structure beneath the actual fireplace build from stone for a more rustic look, or you can have it build from sleek steel for a more industrial vibe. One advantage of freestanding fireplaces is that they are easy to keep clean since you can access them from all sides.

Faux Wood Fireplaces

Maybe you really want a gas fireplace for the safety and cleanliness advantages, but you still like the look of wood. There are plenty of modern fireplaces that are constructed to look like they are burning wood, when it is really gas being burned. You can find a fireplace with some faux logs inside. Of course, these come in any and all styles, from traditional brick fireplaces to modern, metal ones.

Fire and Water

Fire and water don't usually mix, so a fireplace that makes it look like you are mixing fire and water can be really eye-catching. Usually, this type of fireplace will have a little waterfall in the back, but the water coming through the waterfall is actually encased in a clear, heat-proof acrylic. The fire is in front of it, making it look like there's a fire in the waterfall. 

Tabletop Fireplace

A fireplace in the middle of your coffee table would be fun, wouldn't it? This is entirely possible, thanks to the cleanliness and versatility of gas fireplaces. Typically, the coffee table is pretty large, and the fireplace just takes up a small square in the middle of it. So, you can snuggle up around the fireplace and chat with friends, all the while having the convenience of a coffee table.

Don't be afraid to get creative with your fireplace options. There are so many great ones out there!