Fireplaces are very popular for the warmth and character they bring to any home. Building a fireplace into an older home is quite hard, and sometimes impossible because of the structural problems that may appear. So maybe this is your problem and you have to find some solutions.
If you just care about the impact that it will have on the decor, then you should consider building a fake fireplace. These fireplaces do not need a chimney and are a little smaller than normal ones. They are not meant to be used to burn fire.
You can also choose a nice mantel for the fake fireplace that improve the look of it. It all depends on the way you want the fireplace to look. Choose a design that will match your home.
You can find fake fireplaces that will allow you to drape beautiful vine or flowers over them. You can also find some with shelves to place your favorite family pictures. Choose a cabinet mantel if you want to store books of movies.
Also think about the materials that will be used to build the fireplace. The most popular material is wood because of its durability and natural beauty. Other materials are stone, tiles and bricks.