• Fireplace Makeover Ideas

    Fireplace Makeover Ideas

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    Many popular HGTV (Home & Garden) reality-based television shows often transform rooms from dull to amazing all within the show’s thirty to sixty minutes. Many include fireplace “makeovers”. They usually paint the brick surrounding the fireplace and sometimes replace the mantle shelf. Although this brightens the room, it makes it very difficult to remove the paint. If you are considering selling your home, the new owners may not like the painted brick or may think you’re trying to cover up a defect or evidence of a smoking problem.

    If your goal is to mesmerize your guests, there are other innovative ways to make your fireplace “pop” without making hard to reverse changes. Consider combining various colors, styles, designs, patterns and textures. This allows you to define your style. Accessories are must-haves when considering the possibilities of design. They will go a long way in achieving the desired effect of adding drama and flair, making the fireplace the focal point or your room. Accessories are also easy to change and are great for adding “spot accents’.

    To accessorize, first decide on a theme. If you are going for the contemporary look, consider sleek chrome or silver finishes with elegant lines. If traditional is the look you desire, go for black or antique copper in a hand-forged style. To add luxe, use gold or brass accessories to add inspiration. This upstanding finish adds glisten and glow to an otherwise dull room. Toolsets, wood holders, ash buckets, glass doors and fireplace screens are all available in these finishes.

    If your tastes are more abstract, show off your favorite colors by painting black accessories another color. Many color options are available. However, there are some limitations. Any part of the accessory that comes into contact with heat must be painted with high-temperature stove paint. Other paints will not stand up to the heat. Also, if the accessory is used, it will be soiled and the affect will be more visible on a painted surface.

    A portrait above the mantel, a vase with flowers, photo frames, collections, and many more items can be used without calling out too much of a good thing – bold colors. This also makes it easier to change the look if you desire to have a fireplace with many “seasonal” looks.

    Texture can be obtained with hearth rugs, baskets, wreaths, tapestries and even the fireplace mantle shelf. A professional could design a decorative stone or tile design above the mantle shelf in place of a picture. Combine textures and patterns for a riveting first impression. To add depth to texture, use light to illuminate your finished design. Candles provide soft, subtle lighting. Recessed lights or track lighting can be used to highlight specific hotspots in your design. Use a dimmer switch so the lights can be softened when the fireplace is in use.

    It’s important to make sure you are comfortable with the desired effect in daylight as well as the evening glow emitted from the fireplace. Too much light can overwhelm the firebox canceling out the flickering sizzle of the burning logs.

    To create more drama, consider having the firebox painted. A black firebox with burning logs will create more flair than a buff or grey firebox. Make sure a high-temperature stove paint is used. This project should be left for a Chimney Professional like the team at Lindemann Chimney Service. We will need to first clean and prepare the firebox surface for painting to make sure there is proper adhesion.

    Define your style. Add your signature. Express yourself. The world is your pallet and you, the artist. Whether your tastes include tranquility, diversity, simplicity, flair or accessories with attitude, splurge wisely. Trends travel quickly and are often hard to reverse. Rely on accessories to achieve that striking embellishment.

    Posted by Karen Stickels Lamansky, Author of Design Ideas for Fireplaces, published by Creative Homeowner Press.

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