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How to Remodel a Fireplace
Are you thinking about remodeling your fireplace? Often, the fireplace is the focal point of the room, so be remodeling it, you can actually change how people perceive the entire space, even if you change nothing else. Updating your fireplace’s look is actually easier than you might think. Here are a few different ways you can remodel your fireplace to give it a brand new look.
Replace the Hearth
The hearth is the section of stone, brick, or tile that’s in front of the fireplace. It’s there to protect your floor in the event that a spark escapes from the fireplace. If that spark were to land on the carpet or a wood floor, it could start a fire. Hearths were once plain stone or brick, but now, they’re much more decorative. You can change up the tile or stone you’ve used for the hearth, giving the front of the fireplace a different look.
Change the Look of the Chimney
While you can have a hearth that doesn’t match the chimney, most people remodel both to look the same. They will use the same tile up the entire wall, or they will put in a stone that matches or compliments the hearth. For example, if you do wide white tiles for your hearth, you could run those same tiles vertically up the chimney. On the other hand, you could setup the hearth in a dark tile and then the chimney and the frame of the fireplace in a brighter color to create more contrast and make the space pop.
Look for a Unique Mantle
Some people choose not to have a mantel over their fireplace, which is certainly an option. However, during a remodel, you may want to find a new mantel that perfectly ties the fireplace into the rest of the room. If you have an elegant space, you may want to go with a very decorative mantle. For a simple, minimalist room, a mantle that has no frills at all may be the best way to go. For a whimsical space, you may want to look for a mantle carved from a tree branch. The options are endless. You can even commission custom mantles from some companies and artists.
Remodeling your fireplace isn’t a difficult project, but it does require some thought. You want to be sure the chimney, mantle, and hearth all work together to create an amazing focal point that will truly stand out.