Are you tired of your old, outdated fireplace? Do you wish you could update it with a fireplace renovation?
It’s amazing what a fireplace remodel can do to improve the look of your fireplace and transform your space. A fireplace is a focal point in a room. If it looks tired and worn, it affects the ambiance of the entire room
There are so many things you can do to transform an outdated fireplace into something you will love for years to come. Let’s take a look!
Here are some tips for updating your fireplace.
Think About What You Want
Before you jump into a fireplace renovation, take the time to assess what you want. Before you or a contractor begins ripping out brick, stone, or millwork, you want to make sure you’re sure about the new design.
You may feel that your fireplace is old, but consider what elements you want to keep and what you want to change. There are some things you should consider before ripping out an outdated fireplace.
- What design challenges do you currently have
- What elements do you like and not like about your fireplace
- What is your renovation budget
- What is your vision for your fireplace
Look at pictures of fireplaces in magazines or online. Have a vision for what you want and a fireplace renovation expert to guide you throughout the process.
Change Your Fireplace Surround
In many homes, the fireplace is the architectural focal point in the room. The materials surrounding your fireplace impact the way it looks.
There are a variety of textures and materials you can choose for around the fireplace. Consider whether you would prefer brick, stone, concrete, or tiles surrounding your fireplace.
The surround may encircle the firebox or extend along either side or even go up to the ceiling. Consider the style of your home when making your choices.
Do you want a traditional look, something more formal, or perhaps a more minimalistic look? A new fireplace surround can make a big impact on the beauty of your fireplace and how you feel when you’re relaxing by the fire.
Choose an Interesting Firebox
The firebox plays an important role in the functionality of your fireplace. It can also be an eye-catching style element.
Although pre-constructed panels are available, you can opt for a customized look to make an impact. The firebox should complement your fireplace design.
There are options, including metal liners, bricks, herringbone patterns, and more you can choose that match or contrast your fireplace design or other accents throughout your space.
Showcase With Light
A fireplace is a beautiful architectural element in any room. The eye is drawn to it, and it’s the perfect spot to showcase art, photos, or unique decor.
Adding some additional light above the fireplace can give it a more dramatic effect and shine a light on whatever you want to display. Recessed lighting, track lighting, and dimmers all draw your attention and affect the mood of the room.
Adding candles, sconces, table lamps, and reflective decor can add to the glow and ambiance of the room. Mirrors are beautiful above the fireplace.
They work well in smaller rooms or in those with limited light to showcase the fireplace and reflect light.
Update Your Fireplace Mantel
The mantel is the star of any fireplace. It gets all the attention, and many people put a lot of thought into what they display above the fireplace.
The mantel frames your fireplace design, and it’s a perfect focal point for your favorite art piece, pottery, photos, or keepsakes. Many people love the look of a traditional wood mantle, but not everyone wants a traditional look.
Other options include marble, stacked stone, granite, or other materials. To make the space more dramatic, you can widen the mantel, hearth, and fireplace surround.
Changing these elements can help frame the fireplace, update the look, and add value to your home.
Upgrade the Hearth
The hearth is the projected area right in front of your fireplace. The hearth’s function is to protect the area around the fireplace from the heat and embers of a fire.
The hearth is also a beautiful part of any fireplace and a great spot for fire-safe decor, fireplace tools, extra wood, candles, and more. Many people like to use the hearth for extra seating or a place to sit very close to the fire.
Upgrading the hearth can help it stand out as a beautiful design element in your home. Many old houses use large ceramic tiles for the hearth, but upgrading to natural stone, limestone, or granite can add warmth to your decor.
Consider a Double Sided Fireplace
A double-sided fireplace allows you to enjoy a fire from two sides or even from two rooms. Although this design may not be possible in some homes, it’s an option to consider if the space allows it.
Whether you’re planning a major home renovation or building a new home, a double-sided fireplace is a gorgeous design option. If you’re a fireplace lover, this is a fun, eye-catching design to consider.
Is It Time for a Fireplace Renovation?
Are you ready to update the look of your old fireplace with a fireplace renovation? There are so many ways to transform the look of your fireplace and make it a beautiful focal point of the room.
A fireplace is a beautiful part of any home and the perfect place to rest, relax, or spend time with those you love. If you’re ready for a modern fireplace, we can help!
Dreifuss Fireplaces can help you design a gorgeous fireplace for your home. Our goal is to offer the perfect balance of beautiful design and expert installation.
Contact us today to learn more.