Ditch the Mantle
Floor to ceiling tile, and no distracting mantle, makes this fireplace by @bykristinalynne a showstopping stunner. If tile isn’t an option, try painting your fireplace wall all black for a similar high impact look. To balance out the modern choices, add warm elements like the vintage cabinet and stacked firewood.
Home builder @oakstonehomesiowa says this beautiful stone fireplace was their most asked-about project last year. This particular stone is a custom mix created with three types of manufactured stones and white over-grout.
Over-grouting is a technique that involves a heavy grout line that is even with, or actually extends beyond, the stone face, instead of the more traditional recessed grout line. This technique gives the stone a gorgeously soft, old-world finish.
Lamenting that you don’t have a fireplace to decorate? Go faux! @thecozyfarmhouse created this faux fireplace with an antique mantle mounted to the wall. Wood slices glued to plywood gives the illusion of stacked wood inside. A simple mirror and stylish candlesticks finish off a beautiful focal point with no fire needed!
Paint It White
To paint your fireplace, first clean the brick thoroughly with a wire brush and a heavy-duty cleaner, especially if you have a wood burning fireplace. Then use two to three coats of an indoor, latex, heat-resistant paint.
For a modern twist on the traditional fireplace mirror, use a windowpane mirror and sleek accessories like in this design by @the_strawberry_house_london. Pops of live greenery add a nice contrast to all the straight lines and the black and white color scheme. Now excuse us while we go buy an adorable pink vase we never knew we needed.
Play With Pattern
If you’re planning on completely refinishing your fireplace, consider a patterned tile for the surround. The black and white tile used by @house.wecall.home adds a playful flair on an otherwise traditional fireplace. A big potted plant placed next to the fireplace is another way to freshen the space.
Don’t Be Afraid Of Color
Painting a fireplace a bold color will draw the eye and create a dramatic focal point for the room. This fireplace by @marthadaytondesign is painted Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore. To finish the look, two wall sconces and one simple piece of artwork is all it needs, allowing the beautiful color to speak for itself.
Here’s yet another fireplace that has us taking notes. We love they way @terranelsonhome uses a bench instead of a mantle. And the built-in shelves are a little shorter than what’s expected, giving the whole fireplace a fresh look. For a similar vibe, paint your fireplace white and install DIY floating shelves on either side.
If you’re stressing about finding the perfect balance of decorative accessories for your fireplace, try hanging just one piece of oversized art instead. The abstract artwork displayed above this fireplace by @feasbyandbleeksdesign makes a big statement with minimal effort. (Artwork by @sarahdelaneyart.)
Decorating with antlers doesn’t mean you have to be a hunter living in a rustic cabin. Faux antlers or antlers painted white are beautiful modern fireplace decor, like this example from @heirloomdecor. The rest of the accessories are simple, and mostly white, to keep the look chic and streamlined.