Who doesn’t love relaxing near a fireplace? A cozy fireplace is serene and truly makes a house feel like a home for so many reasons. Fireplaces are normally the focal point of a room; they can also function as the backdrop for beautiful family portraits. If your fireplace is reminding you of your homes long lost and forgotten past then it may be time to tackle this project. Listed below are three simple ways to give your fireplace a makeover.


1.) Fireplaces are of course synonymous with fire. Therefore, even if your fireplace isn’t currently being used consider brightening it up with candles. If you have pets or small children in your home you may want to use LED candles to decorate the interior or exterior of your fireplace. LED candles come in a variety of shapes and sizes making it easy to match your personal style. Even a stack of wood is a welcomed and rustic exchange for a dark and empty space.


2.) Consider changing out any stone or tile that may need to be updated. If construction related DIY’s aren’t your thing consider hiring a professional listed on sites such as Thumbtack or Angie’s List to complete the job. Most of these types of sites list reviews so that potential clients can be sure to hire the professional that’s right for them.  


3.) The use of paint can also be a simple and cost-effective way to update your fireplace. If your fireplace feels dark, dank and dated, lighten it up with a whitewash technique. Using white paint with an eggshell finish, brush in small section and then wipe down with rags to remove most of the paint. The number of coats will depend on the look you want. To create more texture, you can sand over the bricks with a medium grit sanding sponge. If you have a steady hand, you can also add fun designs by using stencils. This type of project is both time effective and budget conscious.


4) Styling (add some styling examples?)


Fireplaces were designed to bring warmth and comfort to your home. By updating an outdated fireplace you’ll be creating a space that is both intuitive and inviting. However, sometimes it’s difficult to make the time for needed updates. Consider contacting a design professional that can assist you by providing functional and creative design ideas that you will be proud to share with your family and friends.


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