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Today’s popular television shows often transform rooms from dull to amazing all within thirty to sixty minutes. Many include fireplace “makeovers”. They usually paint the brick surrounding the fireplace and change out the the mantle shelf and promote this as creativity. We can take your fireplace to a whole new level, but first, let’s consider some options.
Painting the fireplace facing may brighten the room, but it will be very difficult to remove the paint later on. If you are considering selling your home, the new owners may not like the painted brick or may think you’re trying to cover something up. If you desire to mesmerize your guests, there are other innovative ways to make your fireplace “pop” without making hard to reverse changes. Combining various colors, styles, designs, patterns and textures allow you to define your style. We have a variety of textures, colors and masonry material types that we can use to reface your fireplace. Want a different mantle shelf? We can help you there too.
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. A high-temperature stove paint should be used. This is best left to a chimney or hearth professional. They will need to first clean and prepare the firebox surface for painting to make sure there is proper adhesion.
If you desire to mesmerize your guests, there are other innovative ways to make your fireplace “pop”. Combining various colors, styles, designs, patterns and textures allow 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.
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 bling, 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. New styles are available annually.
If your tastes are more abstract, show off your favorite colors by painting accessories. 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.
A picture 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” designs.
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 for 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.
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.