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Unlock The Stylish Potential of Your Fireplace
10 Ways to Give an Outdated Fireplace a Facelift
People have been gathering around fires and fireplaces for hundreds of years as beacons of warmth, comfort and comradery. There’s no better way to relax, unwind or gather with loved ones than to cozy up to a fireplace. But if you’re avoiding your hearth because it’s woefully out of date or desperately in need of a refresh – we’ve got you covered. Here are some great ideas to help you transform an outdated fireplace that might even make it the shining star of your home and the place everyone wants to gather again!
1. Paint it!
When in doubt, paint your brick fireplace for a fresh, new look. White, black, navy and so many other colors can all work. Consider contrasting the firebox inside the wall with the brick surrounding it to add depth and dimension. To add a touch of color to the area, some colorful artwork or greenery with faux houseplants will do the trick.
2. Frame it!
Dark and light accents always create beautiful contrast. For example, frame a fireplace painted black or navy with a white mantel. Or decorate a neutral-colored room with a black or dark-colored fireplace and sprinkle in contrasting industrial-chic iron accents or patterned throw pillows to complete the look.
3. Tile it!
Tile allows you to add beautiful color and textured patterns to your fireplace for a fantastic, fresh update without too much work. Stick-on tiles now make it easier than ever to add patterned embellishments to your fireplace and spruce it up. Pick from fresh tile styles like real stone, river rocks, herringbone, mosaic and more.
4. Whitewash it!
A little chalk paint on a brick fireplace can go a long way toward brightening up your living space. It provides an antique or vintage-type look to illuminate and refresh a tired room without totally covering the original bricks.
5. Complement with Candles!
Instead of traditional firewood and logs, change up your look with candles. Candelabras of all shapes and sizes can be added to the firebox for a new look as well as beautiful faux log candleholders that create a special, warm ambiance.
6. Go Coastal!
The warm color and texture of natural wood can provide an inviting and coastal style to your fireplace. A wood mantel mixed with brick or stone fireplace offers a salty seaside look when set against white walls with neutral-colored window treatments or other beachy décor. Coastal furniture or accents in colors like blue-greens, soft blues and sandy beiges are a fresh solution for a tired hearth.
7. Embrace the Drama!
If dramatic is your thing, embrace it and let your style shine. Paint a brick fireplace black or embrace a dark stone or black marble fireplace with dark wood or painted-black mantel. Then, contrast with white or light walls and surrounding décor for a distinct look to bring ALL the drama. Accessorize with a bright color, like red, mustard or pink for a modern look that’s all YOU – drama queen!
8. Decorate it!
If you don’t want to mess with painting, adding tiles or remodeling, simply changing up the décor around your hearth and mantel can go a long way towards a fresh and new look. Look for stylish and seasonal hearth rugs, garland for your mantel top and decorative accents to spice things up. Consider springtime, summer, Americana, Halloween, fall leaves and festive holiday looks.
9. Add Storage!
There’s nothing like some elegant and functional wood storage to keep your hearth neat and tidy while also adding a design twist. Some of our gorgeous wood storage is part artwork, part storage that keeps firewood at the ready and also elevates an outmoded hearth.
10. Throw a Curveball!
A curved element among a lot of square or rectangular shapes (like the shape of most fireplaces) can often bring some much-needed balance and improve the design aesthetic of a hearth. An updated arched fireplace screen or some round or curved wall art adds new visual appeal to dated-looking fireplaces.
Whether your style is modern, vintage, rustic, traditional or a mix of all of above, these ideas are sure to spark your creativity. Give your hearth an overdue makeover and make it your favorite place to get warm and cozy.