A fireplace is often the focal point of a room. But what if it’s outdated, dirty, and in need of some TLC? Your focal point may draw eyes, but it won’t make an appealing impression.
Fireplaces are classic, cozy pieces for any room when done right. A fireplace remodeling project can breathe new life into your room’s focal point and set the stage for the rest of the home. All it takes is a little inspiration, a budget, and some patience. Consider one of these ideas:
Replace (Or Add) a Mantle
Sometimes the perfect fix for an outdated fireplace is a fresh mantle. Depending on the look you’re going for, you could get a new, modern mantle or an older, refurbished, vintage mantle. The options are endless. One popular mantle idea is a rustic wooden piece that provides warm tones and a cozy feel.
Add a Raised Hearth
Maybe a mantle isn’t your style — that’s completely fine! Consider adding a raised hearth to the bottom of the fireplace. This provides a great display area for decorations and momentos. Or if you’d prefer to keep it empty, it will ensure the space in front of the fireplace is free and clear of clutter.
Paint the Fireplace Surround
Another way to bring life to your fireplace is to paint the area around it. Maybe the existing surround is outdated or doesn’t match the rest of your home’s style. Maybe it’s been painted in the past and needs a touch-up. Either way, a quick coat of paint is an easy, budget-friendly option that can do wonders for your fireplace. Try white, gray, or a bold statement color like dark blue.
Switch Out the Brick
Brick fireplaces were once all the rage, but maybe you’re burned out. If you’re tired of the brick, consider replacing it with reclaimed wood. This adds a unique, rustic touch while adding warmth and a shabby-chic feel. Love the farmhouse style? Replace the brick with white shiplap. A third option is statement-making tile, which can give the fireplace a more modern look.
Do you have a room with high ceilings but a fireplace that falls short? Extend the fireplace surround all the way to the ceiling. This adds a major “wow factor” to the room and can make the space feel taller. Use stone, brick, tile, or shiplap to extend the length of the fireplace surround.
Make it Two-Sided
Is there another room or space on the other side of your fireplace? Making the existing fireplace pass-through opens up the room and adds brightness and flair to the space. It also turns your one fireplace into a functional heat source for two rooms. It’s a win-win — efficient and elegant.
No matter your budget, there’s a fireplace remodeling idea that’s sure to suit your home. All it takes is a little creativity, brainstorming, and planning with a remodeling expert that knows the ins and outs of fireplaces.
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