Update Your Brick Fireplace? 5 Ways to Make It Look Better

Your brick fireplace is a dependable source of heat and,

if it’s wood-burning, also helps keep your heating costs low.

But the outdated design may have become an eyesore,

and years of soot can make it look even worse.

Here are a few ways to make your brick fireplace look better

Porcelain tile

Floor-to-ceiling, large, textured tile surrounding a fireplace wall is trending. The design brings the outdoors inside

 

 

Stacked stone/stacked stone veneer

Nothing beats the look of a stacked stone fireplace, but a stacked stone veneer is easy to install and less expensive. And it’s hard to tell the difference between the two.

 

Wood mantel with small tiles

A wood mantel and substantial corbels can add a sense of warmth and provide visual separation between the fireplace’s front and the upper wall.

Paint

Paint and art to update your fireplace. You can give your plain brick fireplace a modern rustic makeover if you paint it white.

Floor-to-ceiling mantel

Extending the woodwork up to the ceiling. The black and white contrast works well in the photo.

Mixed materials

Can’t choose just one material? You don’t have to with this fireplace that combines stone, tile and stainless steel, which work well against the warm, natural colors in the room