14 Modern Fireplace Screens That Add the Perfect Decorative Touch to Any Living Space

updated Feb 4, 2021
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Is there anything cozier than cranking up your fireplace on a cold winter’s day (or even a cool summer evening)? Whether of the wood-burning or gas variety, it’s always a good (read: safe) idea to contain the flames and ash spewn forth from your fireplace with a protective fireplace screen. Though I love the look of an ornate brass peacock screen as much as the next guy, it’s not always simple to find a streamlined, contemporary version to coordinate with more modern room designs. Thankfully, with the mid-century modern and contemporary movements not going anywhere anytime soon, finding a modern fireplace screen that won’t cramp your style has actually gotten a lot easier. From simple, streamlined picks and art-deco-inspired screens to pieces that can serve as an art piece in their own right, we did a little virtual digging and found 14 modern fireplace screens you’ll love adding to your living space today.

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was $112.99

It doesn't take much to transform the look of a fireplace, and this simple screen, which features a sturdy wrought iron frame and steel legs, should do just the trick.

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was $146.99

A mesh screen lets you enjoy the warmth and glow of your fireplace without worrying about little hands getting into places they shouldn't. The curved design of this screen combines a touch of elegance for one eye-catching safety feature.

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With a double screen designed to keep flames and ash away but let the heat come through, this fireplace screen is a double-duty diamond. At about 17 pounds, it's quite sturdy and large, not to mention easy on the eyes with its chic brass design.

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West Elm

Though the style of this screen might read a little less contemporary and a little more old world, its art-deco lines would fit just as beautifully into a traditional space as they would in a modern living room.

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Pottery Barn

This Pottery Barn pick is another chameleon screen that plays nice with many different styles, including a contemporary space. The doors give you easy access to the fire should you need it, without having to handle hot metal during use.

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Plow & Hearth

We love the stainless-steel detailing of the Arden screen from Plow & Hearth. It'll make your hearth a focal point no matter if it's in use or dormant for the season. Bonus: It's available with or without mesh, so you can use it even if you have an inactive fireplace and are merely looking for a design element.

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Crate & Barrel

Rendered in wroght iron with a warm, antiqued brass finish, this handmade screen is a sight to behold. Its modern design is rich with texture in both the wire construction and the patina for a piece that makes a subtle yet distinctive focal point in any living space.

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Similar in design to the Acacius offering (second from the top) but with a luxe roman bronze powder-coated finish, this curved fireplace screen offers a slightly arched body that easily covers most fireplaces and a cut-out design that adds extra flair instantly.

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Blue Sky Environments

Geometric designs have a way of feeling familiar yet modern. The antique silver finish on this screen's frame also throws in a glam touch that's hard to resist.

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If your idea of modern leans more industrial, this might be the screen for you. The sleek and sturdy iron pillar design makes for a product that will last well into whatever the next design trend may be.

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was $399.95

One of the most contemporary screens in this lineup, the 1/4" tempered glass and subdued stainless steel feet of the Luc glass fireplace screen basically disappear, all while still keeping embers out of your living room.

Note: This screen should be placed at least 16" away from the fire.

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was $69.99

A tri-panel screen is ideal for blocking rogue embers from escaping your roaring fire. This classic screen from Gracie Oaks (which weighs in at 13 pounds) is sturdy, built to last, and made to blend in with most decor styles.

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West Elm

If we had to pick a favorite from our roster, this might have to be it. Yes, this West Elm fireplace screen comes at a hefty price tag, but if you're looking to invest money in a durable yet still chic fireplace accessory, we'd recommend adding this art-deco beauty to your cart immediately.

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was $390.00

To really make a statement, go with this whimsical option from Wayfair. The Lurdes fireplace screen features a branch-inspired design that adds a natural element to your space, guaranteed to be a conversation starter on your next Zoom call.

This post was originally published on January 23, 2017, and was last updated on February 4, 2021 to reflect current prices and offerings. Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting.