If you have a fireplace in your house it will likely draw the attention of anyone who walks into the room where it’s located. That is great if you want your fireplace to be a focal point, but if it’s less than impressive, you might wish your guests would look anywhere but there. Even if your fireplace doesn’t have any significant issues, you might not like the way it fits with the rest of your furnishings or aesthetic.
Don’t worry, there are several things you can do to spruce up your fireplace and get it in the sort of shape that will leave you wanting to show it off. While some options will depend on the type of fireplace you have and how you decorate the surrounding area, you should be able to find some way to improve the look as it fits your specific situation.
Updating Your Surround
One way to really change the look of your fireplace is to change the look of the surrounding materials. Many fireplaces have a brick surround immediately around the opening. This can be pretty easily covered with tile to significantly change the look. Textured and patterned tiles are especially useful when trying to make a major change to the look. The tile inside the fireplace can typically be changed also, as long as appropriately heat-safe and fire-safe materials are used.
Wood molding and other decorative accents can be placed around the surround as well to further change the look of the exterior. These can help contain the look of the surround and better blend it with the look of the room. These accents can be used to give the fireplace a mantle or other decorative flourishes it had been missing previously.
Revitalizing the Room
Making changes to the area immediately around your fireplace isn’t the only way to bring the fireplace front and center. Making changes to the rest of the room can help blend the fireplace into the decorative design of the room, bringing out colors and textures that may have seemed out of place before. Furniture and decorative items can be shifted to bring the focus the the fireplace as the central point allowing guests to face the fireplace and bask in the glow instead of keeping it seemingly hidden in the back of the room.
Other changes to make a big difference can include placing a large painting or other decorative item in the wall space above the fireplace to make it seem like a decorative choice. Upgrading the fireplace screen (or adding one if you don’t already have one) can make it more appealing and have a similar effect while also providing an important safety measure when your fireplace is in use.
Total Fireplace Makeover
The prior suggestions assume your fireplace is in good condition and simply needs some touch up to look and flow better in your space. If your fireplace has damaged bricks or tiles, faulty hardware or is in other needs of maintenance, a bit more work may be required. While you are getting it repaired, the same considerations may apply to choose updates that will improve the aesthetic and appearance while making it safe as well.
If you need help upgrading the look or functionality of your fireplace, we have contractors that can help. Reach out today so we can help you get the fireplace of your dreams. We look forward to being your real estate resource for life for all things related to your home.