Fireplaces are the focal point of living rooms and family rooms. They look chic and eye-catching, and they also provide warmth on chilly days. If your family or guests love to crowd around the fireplace, consider if it could use a renovation. After all, chimneys should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year.
If your fireplace is in need of an upgrade, consider these 5 stunning design ideas to transform your living space.
1. Decorative Fireplace Tile
If your fireplace could use a new facade, consider replacing the wall surround tile. Fireplace tile comes in many colors and textures. If you previously had square mosaic tile, you could opt instead for a honeycomb marble tile, an architectural stone veneer, or even a statement making geometric tile. The choices are endless!
2. Updating the Fireplace Mantle
If you love the look of your fireplace already, you could update the mantel for a fresh new look. If you want to keep the structure of the mantel, paint it an eye-popping accent color. If your mantel could use more design, install an elegant stone scroll mantel or a classical stone mantel.
3. Add Some Shelving
To create an even more shining focal point, build shelving around your fireplace to add some color and design with décor. You could have simple, minimal shelving by using one or two long shelves, or numerous shelves for books and nostalgic knickknacks. For some quirky pops of color, paint the shelf edges an accent color.
4. Add a Hearth to the Fireplace
There are quite a few fireplaces that do not have a floored hearth. A fireplace hearth protects the carpet/flooring from the flames and keeps the chimney soot confined. A fireplace hearth can be upgraded like the fireplace and mantel—though it is often neglected. Changing the color, shape, and texture of the hearth tile can transform your entire fireplace from boring to artistically chic.
5. Add a Screen to Your Fireplace
If your fireplace is already looking fabulous, but could use a touch of something, consider adding a screen. Fireplace screens come in all types of styles and sizes. They ward off curious pets and keep the fireplace neatly tucked away when not in use.