Your fireplace can be designed and decorated to become the focal point of your room. In fact, if you implement some of the fireplace ideas in this post, you can make it one of the selling points in your home. Whether you make use of your fireplace constantly or not, you can express your personality by decorating it. Here are some brilliant fireplace styles and design ideas.
Fireplace Tile Design
You can easily bring attention to your fireplace through tiling. To choose the most suitable tile for your fireplace, combine your home’s style and your personal taste. These are some of the well known tiles used for fireplaces:
Slate Tiles: Slate tiles add a contemporary, cool and earthy feeling to your room. This kind of tile comes in different sizes and colors. You create a sleek fireplace design using very large slate tiles since you will have thin grout lines between the tiles.
Bold Patterned Tiles: A bold pattern will bring color into your living room. Such patterns will also add texture and depth to a plain flat fireplace. Bold ceramic patterns can also function as a work of art.
Patterned Glass Tiles: Glass tiles add shine and a sense of motion to your room. You can create a vintage inspired look around a fireplace with mosaic circular glass tiles. Conversely, you can transform your rustic fireplace into a contemporary one by tiling it with rectangular glass tiles using a herringbone pattern.
Black Ceramic Tiles: Use black ceramic tiles to create drama and depth. Black offers a simple and clean color that can fit into any traditional space.
Brick Fireplace Design
A brick fireplace gives a warm feeling to your living room. Due to the standardized shape and size of bricks, they are easier to work with than stone. You can build your brick fireplace in a classical manner or you can add creative and contemporary design techniques.
Mantel Design: The mantel above your fireplace can be made with bricks or it can be built with a large piece of wood and flat stones. The mantel serves as an ideal place to put decorations and aesthetic additions to complement the fireplace’s beauty. You can face off the wall around the fireplace with brick and this will give you an opportunity to create a long mantel.
Decorative Bricks: You can make the portion above the fireplace stand out by building the bricks in a decorative pattern instead of classical straight rows. You can lay the bricks in a set of concentric boxes, a herringbone pattern, or any other pattern. You can also create a unique texture in front of the fireplace by laying the bricks so that some can stick out of the wall.
Gas Fireplace Design
A gas fireplace can provide warmth and the charm of open fire in your room without being messy. Gas fireplace ideas are very easy to implement. This is because these kinds of fireplaces fit virtually all decorating styles, from traditional to contemporary.
Fireplace Decoration Ideas
Paint: You can use paint to transform your fireplace without spending a fortune. Splash some paint on the brick on the perimeter of the fireplace to create an instant makeover. To make this portion stand out, you can use pale yellow, cream or white in a cottage room. In a more contemporary design, a dark color like chocolate brown, tan or black would do.
Mantel: The mantel of your fireplace can serve as a nice place to display family photos or to hang stockings. You can extend a low mantel up along the fireplace wall to make a continuous line. Or, build shelves on both sides of the mantel to serve as extra storage space. You may also add molding or wood appliqués to personalize the plain fireplace. And if you want to follow the contemporary style, eliminate the mantel entirely to give a sleek appearance.
Decorations: Place some artwork above your fireplace or lean the artwork against it if it is difficult to hang. Change your fireplace decorations during different seasons to transform your room. You can use garlands and seasonal wreaths. Put together some of your favorite items. Arrange like items next to each other for greater impact. You can use boxes, cubes or a stack of books to provide height for smaller items. You may even create mood lighting using tall lamps.
Those are a few fireplace ideas you can use to create an exciting and personalized fireplace in your home. Review them again and apply them. Do you have any other good fireplace design ideas? Feel free to share them.
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