Give Your Fireplace a Facelift

home remodelingWith the fall and winter months almost upon us, it will soon be time to curl up around a cozy, crackling fireplace.

But sometimes this gorgeous focal point in the room is not so nice to curl up around. If your fireplace is ready for a much-needed facelift, here are some ideas you might want to consider:

Bye Bye Brick

In decades past, designers thought it would be trendy to have the fireplace blend in perfectly with the surrounding wall. As a result, they often painted the brick the exact shade of the surroundings, depriving it of its focal point quality. If your living area features a brick fireplace you may want to consider stripping off these layers of paint to let the natural brick underneath stand out. Don’t forget to clean, seal and finish with a touch of gloss so that the bricks hold their appearance.

Think Tile, Tile and More Tile

If standard wood and brick is not your cup of tea, it might be time to add tile to your fireplace surround. Leaning toward the modern look, tile opens up plenty of style options with its wide range of combinations materials, colors and finishes. Whether you stick with smooth simplicity or opt for a more detailed tile that introduces a different texture to the space, tile guarantees to keep the look unique and interesting. And in terms of upkeep, tiles are great because they can be easily wiped down, and tend to hold up for many years.

Peter Piper Picked a Pack of … Plaster?

In some cases, designers suggest that the best way to make a statement is with understated elegance. How can this be accomplished? With smooth and simple plaster as your next fireplace surround. Plaster gives the illusion of depth and texture, but also has a way of popping. It can be painted and finished to achieve pretty much any type of look, and you can draw color inspiration from other features in the room to complement your color scheme.

Mantle Mania

In some cases, the actual fireplace is just right, but the mantle is what must be reimagined. Mantle options run the range from ornate or rustic to modern and minimalist. The right mantle will also make it easy to design the area over the fireplace, providing a shelf for mementos, artwork, mirrors and more.

Find great design ideas and inspiration for all your home remodeling projects, including fireplace facelifts, kitchens, baths, bedrooms, dens, outdoors and more. As leading remodel contractors in Phoenix, Republic West Remodeling is ready to help you today!

Jim Weisman (685 Posts)

Jim Weisman founded RW Remodeling in 2011 after co-founding Republic West in 1995. Jim’s strong belief in the importance of ethical standards, honest communication and quality work make RW Remodeling a unique home remodeling company. For more than 19 years, Jim Weisman and his team have been proudly delivering what their customers want; their dream home.