4 Ways to Upgrate Your Fireplace

4 Ways to Upgrate Your Fireplace
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    A fireplace can add ambiance and charm to any room.

    Unfortunately, many fireplaces are either outdated or unused.

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If your fireplace is looking a little dull, you’ll be stoked about these four easy ways to brighten it up.

Paint It

Paint can make an old brick fireplace look like new. When painting your fireplace, choose a color that will accent the rest of the room. White is a popular fireplace color because it looks clean and matches anything.

To prep the brick for painting, scrub it with a wire brush and vacuum up the debris. Next, wash the brick with a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar and wipe it clean with a rag. If you’re painting the inside, use a heat-resistant paint (black usually looks best). For the outside, apply one coat of primer, then paint the brick with a latex paint using a textured-surface roller. It’s best to apply two coats since brick is porous and the first coat will most likely have tiny holes.

Fill It

If your fireplace doesn’t work or you simply don’t use it, try filling it with decorations. Scrub the interior of the fireplace and wash it with the water-vinegar solution first to keep your decorations from collecting soot. Then fill the fireplace with décor that matches the rest of the room.

Candles make a pretty display and add visual warmth to a room. Pottery, flowers, and large pieces of art also look nice. If you really want to transform the space, build shelves into the fireplace and fill it with books or pictures.

Accessorize It

A fireplace comes with a lot of tools (a poker, screen, brush, etc.). Updating these or improving the way they are displayed can quickly add charm to your fireplace. Hang your poker, shovel, and broom on a decorative holder or mount them on the wall next to the fireplace. Try putting tools on one side and a neat bundle of logs on the other.

Many fireplace screens are both functional and attractive. Three-paneled screens tend to be the most decorative option. If you prefer a door to a screen, glass doors with ornamental detail are a good way to go. Choose a door or screen that matches your fireplace tools and the room.

Decorate the Mantle

The mantle usually becomes the focal point for fireplace decoration. When decorating a mantle, it’s important not to make it look cluttered; think of your mantle decorations as a way to make a simple statement.

Vases look good on mantles, as do candles, figurines, or clocks. Pick pieces that complement the rest of the room. Mirrors are another simple way to add some interest to your mantle. Oversized mirrors are usually best, either mounted above the mantle or placed on top of it. Accent your mirror with a vase of flowers or some candles.

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Before decorating your mantle, you may want to update the mantle itself to make it more stylish. Adding crown molding or a coat of paint can greatly improve the look of your whole fireplace and complement your decorations.

If you are going to have fires in your fireplace, don’t forget to get your fireplace checked regularly by professionals, whether you live in L.A. or Toronto. Heating and air conditioning companies often offer this service. A quick inspection every year will help keep your home safe and your fireplace looking clean.

Taking a little time and effort to update your fireplace can enhance the appeal of a whole room. However you choose to beautify your fireplace, hopefully these tips ignite your imagination.

Edson Senna is a freelance writer who specializes in home improvement, finance, and business. He draws inspiration for his articles from companies like A Plus Quality Inc. In his spare time, Edson enjoys biking, reading, and running.

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