Holy Smokes! 11 Eye-Catching Chimneys

The fireplace gets a lot of attention in the home. What material? What shape? What size? Gas or electric? Mantle or no mantle? In all the decision-making, the chimney is often left out, which is unfortunate; the right chimney can truly enhance the structure and appearance of your home’s exterior.

You don’t have to settle for a standard brick chimney. These eleven striking chimneys prove that the art of the chimney is not dead!

Copper cladding is rich and sophisticated, and it ages well – imagine the patina it will develop over time!

Exterior by Nick Noyes Architecture
Stone may seem like a typical choice, but this chimney’s look-at-me shape and contrast with the rustic wood siding make it stand out:
Exterior by Whitten Architects
Industrial takes on a vintage farmhouse vibe on this well-executed home:
Exterior by Solid Form Fabrication
We were unable to identify this chimney’s luminous material – can anyone clue us in? – but it is too cool to leave out:
Exterior by Crestwood Construction Inc.
Plain brick can be awesome too, especially in a shape other than blocky square:
Exteriors by Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd.
Another example of a shapely standout – this incredible surrealist chimney:
Exterior by Arts & Crafts Homes
This smooth, durable, and trendy chimney is clad in Richlite, a material sometimes used in skateboard ramps, and starkly offset by the simple white siding:
Exterior by Quartersawn Design Build
Sometimes a decorative chimney cap can do the trick:
Exterior by Rockridge Building Company
This chimney is unassumingly stately, completing the flawless exterior of the home:
Exterior by Mahoney Architects & Interiors
For an edgier appearance, try distressed concrete:
Patio by Moller Architecture, Inc.
And sometimes all you need is some clean and simple contrast:
Porch by Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects
 Tell us about the coolest chimneys you’ve seen!