1980s large, red brick fireplace - Ideas to update?
Carrie
April 3, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Hello! We just bought a colonial style home built in the 1980s. Before we start painting and changing room colors, we need to figure out how to update this fireplace. We have thought about tearing out the whole thing and starting over, but we know that would take some time and more money, so we are brainstorming on possible other options. We have thought about painting this brick which we have seen others do? And also the mantle seems dated as well. We looked on Houzz for "painting fireplace ideas" but nothing looks as though a similar style. Any ideas out there? We appreciate your input! Thank you! --irishsoap1973
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TJP Designs and Construction LLC
There are many fireplace 'screens' options that could really fit nicely! Do a Google image search for 'fireplace screens' as a start!
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0825sam
I personally like exposed brick especially if the rest of your furnishings are contemporary and wall color is light.


Try searching houzz living rooms just for brick fireplace - you will get the white painted ones as well as natural brick.
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0825sam
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aurorasgifts
What decor are you going for? The brick is great all depends on your style
1 Like   April 3, 2013 at 5:28PM
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wanamadi
I have a friend who boxed in the fireplace with wood and decorative molding...also used granite tiles for the hearth and mantle. She did it in white with black granite...came out beautiful and can be removed if the next owner wants red brick (she also extended the look with shelving on either side of the fireplace).
1 Like   April 3, 2013 at 5:33PM
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Carrie
I do like exposed brick. The two pics that you shared sam0705 look updated rather than my fireplace. Maybe it is because of the mantle and the lighter walls? We are going to be painting and changing the dark red walls, but wanted to figure out what to do with the fireplace first.
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Paula Hastings
Paint your walls white and your fireplace a taupe color. Also paint your beams a taupe color or white, with contrasting ceiling (white or taupe). Mantle white. It works - we did it to ours. Flooring needs to be darker to anchor the room. We went with a coastal vibe. Live in the TX Gulf Coast area near Houston.
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Carrie
aurorasgifts - More of a traditional style.
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libradesigneye
Yes, for a traditional style I like the fireplace in a dark white and then you can gel stain the mantle or paint it out like your other trim in white. Your brick elevation has interest that could be played up with an arched firescreen, and you would get a more traditional look if you added corbels under the mantle at each end before you paint / stain.
1 Like   April 3, 2013 at 5:43PM
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0825sam
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lk_designs
Have a look at this. I think you can get stone facades which look like the genuine stone but in a tile form. If that's not possible, I'd paint your red bricks either white or off white.

Fireplace 1

I think is very well done.

Fireplace 2

Fireplace 3

Your room and the one in the picture look to be a similar height.
I'd also paint your wooden beams white.

Fireplace 4
1 Like   April 3, 2013 at 6:02PM
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kathysavage
I think your fireplace is beautiful. Changing your wall color will totally update it.
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starbella
google brick staining and check out the images.
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Carrie
Thank you everyone!! Love the input! Great ideas!
0 Likes   April 6, 2013 at 12:16PM
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jonathan3
I love it...just change paint colors and furnishings to get what you want.
0 Likes   April 6, 2013 at 12:47PM
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anne dee
and yet Chateau de Charleston post suggestion
You could build around it as the pic suggestsContemporary House
you could resurface and have a built in surround Note the wood beam ceiling
Conard Romano Architects
0 Likes   April 6, 2013 at 1:03PM
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Stamps Design Services
Here are some more fireplace images...to hopefully inspire you!
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SusanMac
I think you should change the wall color to what you like then accessorize the fireplace mantel and post photos of the entire room. I think the fireplace is lovely as it is. I understand your point about the mantel, but once you accessorize, it might not be an issue. We had a painted fireplace once and keeping it clean was an issue. If you plan to use the fireplace you might reconsider. (Ours was a wood burning fireplace.)
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mfwolfe
Old post
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Kelly D
Hi, with the exception of the small arch - your fire place looks very much like ours once did. We had a similar mantel also. We had the fireplace painted and we had our contractor build a larger mantel. We couldn't be happier. We remodeled our entire house but the fireplace is what we get the most compliments on. I highly recommend painting the brick - the texture is wonderful and will give a grand feeling to your room.
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