Transforming Fireplaces

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:

via moi

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:



via moi

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


About Sarah

Sarah is constantly ReDesigning things. From ReDesigning spaces for others or ReDesigning herself from corporate operations whiz into interior decorator and blogger – it’s all about ReDesign.

Posted on January 11, 2012, in Blog Posts and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Ours has (tacky) marble slabs surrounding it (think the 80s?). Is there some easy way to put slate tiles to give it the contemporary look for tying it in with the rest of the house?

    Can you check the link to see if slates would look good or should we put on paste on bricks and paint ’em white? (I get the feeling slate might make it look cluttered/boxed-in?)

  2. Love this post. I really liked one with everything painted the same colour as the wall! And you are right about your friends fireplace, that black totally changed it. There is a (non-working) fireplace in my bedroom that has tiny grey and white mosaic tile which doesn’t go well with my room re-design. But I’m renting so I can’t do anything too permanent. I’m thinking of building some kind of removable surround to cover it….we’ll see how that goes, lol 🙂

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