Bright and Open: This fireplace was spiced up with a new facade of faux stacked limestone. The material is ideal for an affordable fireplace revamp because it looks and feels like real stone but is less expensive, and because it’s lightweight, it requires no additional floor support. The wall-length limestone fireplace complements the modern vibe and design of the room.
Before: Cramped Surroundings – Open shelving is normally a great way to open up a space, but that is not the case with this fireplace. The mantel got lost in all the bulky shelves that surrounded it. And with no practical reason for the excessive number of shelves, something needed to be changed.
After: Open Quarters – The homeowners removed the stones on the surround and added sleek, white pillars. Theses pillars transform the fireplace into an elegant focal point for the room and help the fireplace stand out in front of the shelves. This gives emphasis to the fireplace instead of the shelving. The white color adds to the coastal theme of the room, which was chosen to help play up the ocean view from this family room.
Before: Small & Dull – This modest-size living room had plenty of potential in the beginning, except for one major problem: The focal point in the room was a giant, lackluster fireplace. When the room underwent a makeover, giving the fireplace a much-needed facelift was task No. 1.
After: Roomy & Darling – With a fresh coat of white paint and colorful new tile, the fireplace became bright and welcoming. The seafoam-green tile on the surround accents the room’s color scheme. Using colored tile freshens up a fireplace and is a creative source of color for this cottage living room.
Before: Washed Out & Plain – The color combination of cream-on-white left the fireplace washed out and boring. Lacking any authority in the room, this fireplace was in dire need of some color.
After: Bold & Beautiful – A fresh coat of black paint on the wood mantel brought focus to the fireplace. The black and stone combination gives the fireplace an upscale look and feel. Two chairs flanking the fireplace sets up a cozy seating area that’s perfect for a two-person conversation or a date with a cup of tea and a good book.
Before: Bland and Bulky – This living room was stuck in the 1970s thanks to dusty whites and tired brown tones. The bulky brown-brick fireplace did little to enhance the space, as it was placed asymmetrically on a long stretch of wall.
After: Light and Lively – Painting the brick facade white started the process of bringing this fireplace back to life. A wood surround enhances the look. Classic-lined built-ins integrate the fireplace, bookshelves, and an entertainment unit. The surround, built-ins, and walls were also painted white to brighten the room and layer on the cottage charm.