I’ve been thinking about ways to transform a fireplace recently. The options are endless – paint, stone, wood detail, marble and so on.
One of my clients will be painting their family room shortly and I’ve suggested they think about painting the brick a lighter colour.
It currently looks like this:
Here are some examples of what it could look like in a lighter colour …
Or, it could be painted out the same colour as the walls (including the bricks inside the fireplace!)
Or what about black?
Moving away from painted brick …
Black – a look I love by Toronto designer Carol Reed.
The black screen contrasts with the white fireplace surround.
Or check out this marble surround by the DIY couple behind Rambling Renovators … love.
Moving into more contemporary territory with a slate surround.
This one made me chuckle … Storing books in the fireplace, while quirky, might qualify you for an episode of hoarders.
If your fireplace surround is already painted but still looks dated an easy way to update the look is to paint out the screen. A friend of mine did this recently in her home and it took the fireplace from nice to Wow! Check it out:
All it took was a little black BBQ paint and voila.
If you had to update the look of your fireplace what would you do?
if original source not available image via SarahHep