Why is the design of your fireplace so important? Fireplaces are usually a major focal point in the room and it is important to have it be the most dramatic item in the space. In the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s there was a tendency to use the trendy brick of the time. Unfortunately it does not hold up to today’s standards of what is deemed attractive, and unlike red brick, does not have the timeless appeal. The reality is, if it is ugly what’s the point of having one?
If you have a dated fireplace there are economical ways to update. (I can hear brick lovers cringe when I suggest this) Painting the brick is a good way to neutralize. When combined with adding a new mantle, you can achieve a dramatic update for very little cost. This is a great approach if you are selling a modest, lower price point house.
In higher priced homes, ugly fireplaces can kill a deal. So do not go cheap, because in this case painted brick will not add value. You need to do it right. In the photo below we made over a fireplace selecting ledge stone veneer which pulls from the colors of the ceiling, the lake and the kitchen cabinets. It feels like it was always there. The design should complement the architecture of the space, modern vs. modern, historical in a historical setting.
We asked ourselves is we should add a mantle. We selected no mantle, because it wasn’t needed. The stone acts like artwork in the space. In a more traditionally shaped fireplace or setting this approach would probably not be appropriate.
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