5 Tips for Enhancing the Appeal of Your Fireplace
Accessorize it. Just like jewelry makes an outfit, accessories will make your fireplace. Detail it with eclectic pieces across the mantel and seek out a unique fireplace screen to complete the look. A lamp on the mantel will further spotlight your fireplace.
Finish the base with colorful tile. Add a splash of color where it’s not expected, such as the base of your fireplace. It will up the ante of your fireplace’s style while protecting your floor from wayward sparks.
Accentuate it with artwork. Don’t let the space above your mantel remain bare. Instead, fill it with a bold piece of artwork. You don't have to break the bank to accomplish this task. Browse local flea markets or antiques stores, and you may find the perfect piece for next to nothing.
Detail the interior. The inside of your fireplace is a visible space, so be sure to pay it the attention it deserves. Line it with a fire-safe material, such as brick, in an interesting pattern, like this herringbone example. Remember, true style is found in the details.
Paint the mantel. A splash of paint on almost anything will result in an instant upgrade, and the fireplace mantel is no different. Help it to stand on its own against your furnishings by choosing a color that is complementary to your decor. Want your mantel to be even more eye catching? Choose a paint in a high-gloss finish for a sophisticated sheen.