Reese Witherspoon's classic living room accessory exudes warmth and sophistication – designers say it's 'always in style'

A cozy fireplace transforms Witherspoon's living room – interior designers explain why this element is timeless

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No matter the era, a version of the brick fireplace is a constant. In more modern homes, we might see it painted white or appearing as natural, exposed brick in more rustic spaces. It's a stunning, timeless look.

In case you weren't convinced, Reese Witherspoon swears by the element. The first shot of a recent Instagram video reveals that the actress has a large, exposed brick fireplace in her living room. It meshes perfectly with her wood floors, white walls, and minimal decor.

'In Witherspoon’s living room, the brick fireplace idea complements the room’s serene color palette and thoughtful furnishings,' says Nina Lichtenstein, Westchester-based interior designer. She continues, 'The white walls and whitish curtains provide a neutral backdrop that highlights the fireplace's rich texture without overwhelming the space. The pinkish armchair introduces a soft, muted color that adds warmth and personality, while the shapely table lamp and round side table enhance the room’s cohesive look with their coordinated metal accents.'

Kathy Kuo, NYC-based interior designer adds, 'I love that Reese has kept her hearth area very clean and simple and that she went with one large piece of wall art above it to draw the eye without being distracting.'

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Kathy Kuo

Kathy Kuo is a celebrated interior designer and international guru within the home and lifestyle space. She has 20+ years of experience in the design industry.

Experts swear by the look of a brick, living room fireplace. Lichtenstein says, 'A brick fireplace imparts a timeless and rustic charm to any living space, and Witherspoon's is no exception. The natural texture and earthy tones of the brick create a sense of warmth and coziness, making the room feel welcoming and lived-in. This tactile element contrasts beautifully with the smooth, polished surfaces of the wood floors and the crisp white walls, adding depth and visual interest. The brick’s inherent sturdiness and durability also symbolize a sense of permanence and stability, qualities that resonate deeply in the heart of a home.'

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Nina Lichtenstein

Nina Lichtenstein is the founder and principal home designer at her eponymous design studio, based in Westchester, NY. Nina believes that home design should capture a family’s unique spirit by how it serves the family's daily needs while nourishing the soul. She has been celebrated for designing, renovating, and building elegant living spaces.

Furthermore, the look is key for a timeless living room that never dates. Kuo tells Homes & Gardens: 'A brick fireplace is always in style! It's a lovely visual element that's also functional, and that makes any home instantly feel cozier.'

Cozy living room with dark wooden window frames, brick fireplace, yellow sofa, wooden coffee table, armchair, cozy cushions, blankets and decorative ornaments

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Aside from base aesthetic appeal, these fireplaces have strong benefits for a cozy living room. Lichtenstein states: 'Brick fireplaces have long been cherished for their classic appeal and versatility. Unlike other materials that may fade in and out of fashion, brick possesses an enduring quality that transcends trends. Its natural, unpretentious aesthetic allows it to blend easily with various interior styles, from traditional to contemporary. This adaptability is one reason brick fireplaces remain a favorite among homeowners and designers alike.'

She adds, 'Moreover, brick’s thermal properties contribute to its timelessness. It retains heat exceptionally well, ensuring that a brick fireplace not only serves as a beautiful architectural feature but also as a functional source of warmth during colder months. This practicality, combined with its visual appeal, cements the brick fireplace's status as a staple in home design.'

Shop the Rustic Modern Edit

If your home doesn't have a brick fireplace, you can still create the same warm, rustic effect with wooden accessories and hand woven details.

Classics are classic for a reason. Though brick fireplaces have been around for a long time, they don't show signs of going anywhere. With Reese Witherspoon's approval, the look is growing in popularity.

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I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture focusing on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.