Whether your fireplace looks tired and worn, are remodeling your home, or want something a little different, there are many ways to upgrade your fireplace. Depending on your needs and budget it can be as simple as installing a new mantel or hanging a mirror, or a complete renovation. Sometimes it’s those subtle changes that make all the difference. To help get your creative juices flowing, here a few noteworthy ideas for upgrading your fireplace.
One quick way to upgrade your fireplace is to replace that old worn mantel. A new mantel with a wood finish and clean lines will give your fireplace a smart appearance. You can paint or stain the mantel to match the surround. Plus, it’s a great place to display those knick-knacks and other family treasures.
Hanging a mirror above the mantel is especially useful in small rooms. It’s a simple idea, but it works wonders. Not only does it make the room look bigger, but it also makes your beautiful fireplace the focal point of the room. Instead of a mirror, you can also put up a picture frame, artwork, or even a wall-mounted television screen.
Painting your brick surround is another easy way to upgrade your fireplace. It’s a great weekend project because you can finish it in less than a day. Then sit back and marvel at your masterpiece. Just make sure to clean the bricks first and repair any broken or damaged pieces before painting. Otherwise, the paint will not adhere properly to the surface. Any indoor heat-resistant latex paint will suffice. You can choose any color for the desired effect. White is a popular choice for an elegant appearance. You can also match the brick color with your home décor or a complementary color for a decorative accent.
Remodeling the surround is like giving your hearth an instant facelift. There are a variety of prefabricated surround kits that are easy to install in granite, marble, slate, and other stones that will give your fireplace a natural appearance. Alternatively, you can tile the surround to give your fireplace a luxurious appearance or to show off your creativity with exciting design patterns. Your local chimney specialist can also remodel your existing traditional masonry surround to make your fireplace look like new again.
When your fireplace has seen better days, and you don’t have the time or money for a complete renovation, a fireplace insert is a great choice. Fireplace inserts fit directly inside the opening of a traditional masonry fireplace. You can even choose a gas insert for convenient push-button flame ignition. A handy remote allows you to adjust the flames without leaving your favorite chair. Your local chimney specialist will help you choose the right size and model that will meet your home heating needs.