A fireplace is a focal point within the home. It draws the eye and sets the tone for the décor and furniture. If you want to update your home without a major remodeling project, consider making over an old or outdated fireplace. Freshen up your home with a new surround, the right mantle, and the right accompaniments. We’ll show you how.
What Makes a Fireplace Stand Out?
A fireplace can date your home instantly. A poorly constructed stone façade, the wrong shade of brick, and the mantle can all stand out in a positive or negative way. Modern design trends celebrate a variety of themes, materials, and colors. The balance, tone, and accents are what give each unique construction its eye-catching beauty. Think about the feeling you want to convey, and then start working on the three steps that will give you the fireplace you’ve always wanted.
The Three Steps You Need to Makeover Any Fireplace
As you explore options for a fireplace makeover, remember these three easy components that will elevate your fireplace to a beautiful, functional, and personalized focal point for any room:
1. Consider your style.
Think about the overall design of your home as well as your leanings toward décor types. Consider the design period in which your home was built. Think about the accent pieces that you want to use on the finished fireplace. You can choose to blend styles for an eclectic, inviting look or to maintain a theme for the room. As long as you know which approach you want, the final product will look great. Here are some of the most common design styles:
- Traditional fireplaces may include elements of stone, wood, and metal. These fireplaces typically feature elegant mantels, dark metal or marble fireplaces, and a sleek vertical design. Scrollwork, scalloping, and columns are also common elements in this style.
- Focused on minimalism, modern styles use shapes, asymmetrical designs, and distinctive edges to create a clean feel. Most modern designs also feature neutral colors. These fireplaces may focus more on minimal design elements than on intricate carvings.
- Country/Rustic. Country and rustic homes/fireplaces feature warm and inviting neutral colors with pops of soft colors such as roses and burnt oranges. Vintage décor, stonework, and wood accents are also hallmarks of this approach to design.
- Mid-Century Modern. Think back to design elements from the 1950s and 1960s for this approach to fireplaces. Like modern design, mid-century modern focuses on simple shapes and geometric designs. However, the colors in this style range from bright oranges to olive greens. When you see it, you’ll know immediately that a style falls into this category.
2. Think about functionality.
A fireplace is much more than a design element. It will serve as a gathering spot, as a central point for art pieces, as a television anchor, and possibly as part of a larger shelving system. When you explore fireplace redesigns, consider your everyday use of the space to find a fireplace that matches your style and needs.
3. Add in your version of the dramatic.
As the central eye-catching point of any room, consider how you’ll emphasize your fireplace. Frame your television above the mantel. Highlight an expensive sculpture or vase. Hang a lighting enhanced art piece above the mantel. Some use space above the fireplace to hang hunting trophies or faux porcelain versions of a moose or deer display. Consider changing the décor with the seasons to give your fireplace a mini-makeover whenever you want.
Your fireplace makeover should evoke a certain feeling when you walk into the room. If your current fireplace is ho-hum, consider a makeover to breathe new life into a living room, bedroom, or bathroom.
Sarah Lograsso is the Director of Marketing for Boral North America’s stone division of brands (Cultured Stone, Eldorado Stone, Kindred Outdoors + Surrounds, Versetta Stone, Dutch Quality, StoneCraft and ProStone), where she manages all of the brands’ marketing, advertising and promotional projects and objectives. She is well versed in manufactured stone and brick veneer, masonry techniques, biophilic design, fireplace surrounds, outdoor living, fire bowls, color and texture, and up-to-date industry and market trends.