Need advice on this fireplace

remolding a townhouse from 1993 and need advice on what to do with the fireplace......
q need advice on this fireplace, fireplaces mantels
  53 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 12, 2016
    Are you going to paint a different color on the walls?
  • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on Oct 12, 2016
    I am not fan of those fireplaces because there is too much loss of warmth. Putting wood around it makes it only worse, because wood is an excellent insulant. I see that the room is empty. Why not sell that thing and buy a woodstove? It stands free and gives off the warmth all around. Also, when you brake down that wooden wall and put a stove in it, your room looks a lot bigger. I did that with mine.
  • William William on Oct 12, 2016
    It just looks off for the style to be set in a corner. Depending on your budget, I personally, would eventually remove it and replace it with an actual corner fireplace. But you can beautify it to make it fit in the mean time until you decide what to do permanently. I included some pics for ideas and a site. *****
  • I'm wondering if there's brick under that wood. If so, you could expose the brick and paint all the brick the same color. If you like wood planks, you could consider doing horizontal planks instead, as the diagonal planks look dated. I would also suggest painting the planks and hearth to match. I'll leave the color choice to you, as you didn't say if the walls are going to be repainted or have already been repainted. The firebox also looks like it could be freshened up with paint.
  • Jane Jane on Oct 12, 2016
    I would paint the wood a neutral off white. Add some long shelves and let the fun begin. Seasonal, seasonal and more seasonal.
  • William William on Oct 13, 2016
    Its a fireplace insert. Wood framing with drywall and the wood planks over that. No brick. Very 70's. Installed a lot of those, but not that way =:)
  • Sue Ryan Sue Ryan on Oct 13, 2016
    I love a good fireplace but this one does not add anything to the room. I would replace it with one that you could locate in the middle of the wall to give the room a focal point. You could add your TV over a new mantle and add a nice neutral stone that goes all the way to the ceiling.
  • Sandra. Jackson Sandra. Jackson on Oct 13, 2016
    You need to paint it a lighter colour, ex: white wash, then it would show up more
  • Jit4828103 Jit4828103 on Oct 13, 2016
    The wood on the fireplace in the photo looks beautiful, however it doesn't pop due to dark color of wall. I would paint wall and the brick and foot of fireplace white then fireplace will standout. I would change the light fixture too to something more industrial if it fits your style.
  • Brenda Brenda on Oct 13, 2016
    I'd update it with bricks or faux bricks over the wood. Paint the existing bricks to match or compliment the new ones.
  • Melissa Leach Melissa Leach on Oct 13, 2016
    My suggestion is to remove the wood and tile! Tile all the way to the ceiling in a pattern like herringbone or just overall tile. I would also tile over the bricks at the base of the fireplace. As someone else mentioned, I too, would paint a lighter wall color. If expenses allow, center fireplace on the way. You could add built ins on either side. Good luck!
  • Jcraw Jcraw on Oct 13, 2016
    I'd go with painting the dark wall a light color (gray?). I would clean the wood facing on the fireplace, because it's handsome. Alternative would be a sort of whitewashing the wood for a more country look. I think the brick base is the biggest offender. I'd cover the brick with sheet marble or or a nice smooth concrete. parge. The brick is stodgy and distracting. and too much texture with the wood mantle and flooring.
  • Jcraw Jcraw on Oct 13, 2016
    Spend your savings on a new fan. This one dates the room. There are great ceiling-huggers with a single light that dim but provide lots of light on a dark winter night.
  • Rjs7411517 Rjs7411517 on Oct 13, 2016
    I would add reclaimed wood to the wall to the left of the fireplace and make it a feature wall with the decorating trends going in that direction or ship lap and add some other reclaimed items to make it pop.
  • Lou Ann Dorrier Lou Ann Dorrier on Oct 13, 2016
    First thing you need to decide is how you want to use the it a focal point, a decorative element? Do you want to perhaps add more umph to the wall? The wood can be covered with a thin layer of gypboard for a uniform service. You may want to consider framing out the top of wall area to create a light cove, which would tie it all together. This is an opportunity to do something like adding a gentle curved feature at the top, perhaps balancing the fire place with really nice shelves on the other side (leaving the middle area open to not impede the heat from the fire place) and then finishing off that open space with a nice accent piece of furniture, pottery, tall vaseware....the sky is the limit. If you need some visuals on this, let me know. This kind of thing is definitely right up my alley.
  • Gainorhillegass Gainorhillegass on Oct 13, 2016
    The fireplace is handsome and warm feeling with the wood and brick. I would paint the walls around it with warmer colors, such as peach, Roman gold, copper to accentuate and bring out the warm tones in it and in the floor wood. The gray walls just kill the earthy nature of the fireplace.
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    • Gainorhillegass Gainorhillegass on Oct 17, 2016
      I am a 71 year old Golden Girl - in Florida to boot! Well, maybe that's why I was drawn to those warm colors. There are other tones/colors which would work with brick - greens, browns . Grays are in vogue. I heard from my friend's interior decorator daughter that earth tones are in. You'll figure out what appeals to you.
  • Vonda Bonnie Baker Vonda Bonnie Baker on Oct 13, 2016
    Paint the room all one color and have the fireplace the main focal point. Place a beautiful antique looking, large clock or something above the fireplace and as you said , remove or replace the fan.
  • Lizzy L Lizzy L on Oct 13, 2016
    I like the fireplace. I would just add a large chunky wood wrap-around mantel.
  • Sherri Hughes Sherri Hughes on Oct 13, 2016
    I love the fireplace but to brighten the room up you could pain the wood and the brick an off white or soft grey. You could also pain the fireplace trim that is black the same color or a nice silver for some shine and make it more of a focal point. If you don't like the wood I would certainly use stone pavers to cover the wood, brick and the side of the fireplace. It all depends on your style and the type of look you want to convey. Good luck!
  • Michelle Michelle on Oct 13, 2016
    Change the wood to stacked stone for a clean modern look. Also change the brick to something matching the stacked stone.
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Oct 13, 2016
    Well first you have to get rid of that ceiling fan tone down the gold to matte tone since it's coming back. It looks like a laminate floor, will you be changing it out,if so get rid of brick hearth to another stone or have it covered. The Grey wall isn't helping, in fact it draws your eye to fire place so paint a wash of grey to wood on fireplace since for some unknown reason shiplap is so hot right now. It will tidy it up. But the worst part is the hearth to me looks older than 93 but not in a good way. I think and these are all only my opinion, if you love the Grey wall than paint other walls the same and fireplace becomes invisible. If it's your focal point in room then repaint and place grey on fireplace only. Then spread it around on decorative items. If you are planning to have TV on one of theses walls then since they tend to be black it would balance out with a grey fireplace and dove grey walls. Hope I made sense. Fireplaces are desirable make the most of it your very fortunate.
  • Jcraw Jcraw on Oct 13, 2016
    Prior to my fan suggestion I proposed lightening the wall color, cleaning or whitewashing the fireplace wood (which I think very interesting), but most importantly covering the brick with a smooth surface like marble or a new slick cement. Grab a sheet or some pillow cases or rip up some cardboard to fit and cover the brick. I think you'll find that it's the brick that's offensive and distracting, and the wood mantle rather elegant. But that's just me. Cheap enough too.
  • Smu1485110 Smu1485110 on Oct 13, 2016
    Tile it for a modern contemporary look. All sorts of wavy tile that look awesome on a fireplace.
  • Suzann Suzann on Oct 13, 2016
    If you want the wood look I would either stain the wood or put a wood sealer on it to show it off more. Something in a matte finish not shiny. If you choose to paint it I would suggest painting it all one color or you could paint the wood a lighter color and paint the trim in a few shades darker matching color. The brick is aging the fireplace so you could paint it any cor you want to. If you painted the wood with darker trim you could paint the brick to match the trim or a few shades darker than the trim to make it uniform. You could also tile the brick with slate porcelain tile to complement the wood match the paint. Done right it will turn out fabulous.
  • Larkatchi Larkatchi on Oct 13, 2016
    Use a watered down white wash with a little gray added. Then gray wash the brick. Go over the brick several times to you get the look you want.
  • Pat Pat on Oct 13, 2016
    Easy way would be to paint the wood the same as the walls and leave the brick. Hard way would be to remove entire fireplace. Would it be possible, with lots of remodeling to make it a corner fireplace? Probably need a professional if you want to go that route.
  • JuliaGulia JuliaGulia on Oct 13, 2016
    Easiest and cheapest is to paint the wood white..paint the bottom bricks gray or white.hang an awesome mirror above it! You can also get a can of bronze from HD Rustoleum and paint over the gold ceiling fan.. done this many times...the floors are fine...Boom!! Done!!
  • Glenda Glenda on Oct 13, 2016
    I would paint the dark wall beige and paint (stain) the fireplace dark brown.
  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 13, 2016
    Paint everything a bright color to make it pop. Then at least three floating shelves. Got your focal point.
  • Tris Smith Tris Smith on Oct 13, 2016
    I would plank The wall to the left of the fireplace with the same with the board that's on the fireplace. I would white wash all the wood freshen up the surround with new paint and paint the bricks . I would then add a stained wood mantle that goes around the fireplace .
  • Shani Thurston Green Shani Thurston Green on Oct 13, 2016
    this is what a friend did with hers
  • Diane Leclerc Crussana Diane Leclerc Crussana on Oct 13, 2016
    I think the wood looks beautiful. In my opinion, it needs a mantel and the biggest distraction is the brick. Maybe paint the brick the same color as the new wall color which I believe you said was going to be Balanced Beige.
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Oct 13, 2016
    If it were more centered it would look better. Have you looked into having it moved to be diagonal? facing into the center of the room. Paint the walls a light color, remove/replace the boards. Bricks would look nice with fresh paint. Add a wide mantle and display some small pictures, a couple of hurricane lamps or candles, and large painting above or a mirror.
  • Alvin Alvin on Oct 13, 2016
    I agree with Deanna; diagonal, but then use contrasting tile above (Brest) and bottom (Hearth) with matching mantle and shelf to floor. If in budget, move the window or close it off. Too close to fire place. Paint walls same color depending on your décor but try light blue gray w/ white trim, cove and add crown molding.
  • Catherine Bridges Catherine Bridges on Oct 13, 2016
    not enough information to go on for me. Would need to know the look you are going for or type of furniture you would be furnishing the room with.
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    • Catherine Bridges Catherine Bridges on Oct 15, 2016
      Or bookshelves with bottom cabnets.
  • Vonda Bonnie Baker Vonda Bonnie Baker on Oct 14, 2016
    I would leave the fireplace as is and maybe place a shelf or shelves of the same or similar wood on the wall beside it. Also, I would keep the window covering simple perhaps a Roman blind.
  • Pam Neese Pam Neese on Oct 14, 2016
    The fireplace needs a shelf, change or paint the brick, get rid of the dark wall on the other side.
  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Oct 14, 2016
    Very 70's. Sheet rock it, paint it a dark grey. I sort of like the diff color brick on the floor. Add some funky modern framed print on it that has the grey and also the blue of your wall color. Black frame.
  • Carol Sellick Carol Sellick on Oct 16, 2016
    Move the firebox to the middle of a wall and then you can choose brick, wood, mantel etc. In the corner it's no good as a working fireplace.
  • Loretta Loretta on Oct 19, 2016
    Saw a beautiful redo of a fireplace on here in fact. If the colors and floor are staying the same, I would paint the brick a white color, and then you can either use new thin brick in greys and blues up the whole length, or you could actually use glass tiles on it.we do need more info on decorator style, colors, etc though to really help. Check on this site for the fireplace reds, some really good ones.
  • Jcraw Jcraw on Oct 20, 2016
    I think initially I would cover the brick to present a solid surface. As is, it's texture and color are distracting and incongruous to the elegance the mantel can be. Parted cement or sheet marble could be used at a very reasonable price. Black would have great impact, or the white of your wall would offer continuity and light.
  • Sage Sage on Oct 20, 2016
    You didn't tell us what your style is or show us examples of your existing furnitute. Please give us an idea of what will be in that room. I would definitely get rid of or at least update the lighting & color of the ceiling fan.
  • Jart37 Jart37 on Oct 20, 2016
    It is a fireplace, paint it white, black or brown that you like and will cover the the rustic look, it will then match any color you are using you have a trim around you could contrast if you wish. I am assuming you are asking because you do not want to spend $$$$. Make sure it make it what you will love, it is your home.
  • I would frame the brick with moulding and tile over the brick - you may have to put down a backer board for the tile. I would also tile up the fireplace. Add a mantle using some corbels, moulding and a nice piece of wood. Leave it natural to match the flooring or paint it. Good luck!
  • Marian Smith Tartaglione Marian Smith Tartaglione on Oct 21, 2016
    what if we whitewash the wood and do small glass colored tiles around where the black metal is and then paint the brick a contracting color? We are changing the fan to one with nickel and more contemporary look and the whole room with be a soft beige color.
    • Jcraw Jcraw on Oct 22, 2016
      That could be fabulous, but even more I would want the brick to be a "solid" surface. You have the texture of the whitewashed mantle (strong) plus the color and texture and sheen of the glass tiles. Even if you paint the vertical brick, I would have a couple of very large tiles cut to fit the top surface. Maybe the color of your walls. Would offer subtle sheen to complement glass tiles. Or parge and polish colored cement. Neither a terribly expensive option, but truly "finished".
  • Doreen Drew Huneault Doreen Drew Huneault on Oct 23, 2016
    update with barn board instead
  • Marian Smith Tartaglione Marian Smith Tartaglione on Nov 24, 2016
    Update on our project. Painted the wood and replaced the ceiling fan. Painted walls with Balanced Beige from Sherman Williams.
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  • Vanessa Vanessa on Dec 25, 2016
    that looks great!
  • Jlp16623674 Jlp16623674 on Jan 01, 2017
    That looks really good! I would remove the clock, though. It makes it look like the fireplace is "facing" one direction. If you remove the clock, the fireplace looks open to the whole room.

    Also replace the basket with a black metal one.
  • Sharon Mccoey Sharon Mccoey on Jan 04, 2017
    cheap fix...paint bricks and wood white. The bad contrast of materials used will not be as obvious. More expensive fix...marble tile hearth and a nice shelf/mantel.
  • Elaine Wilson Elaine Wilson on Jan 07, 2017
    I suggest using a small tile on a sheet to tile the brick with a black glossy look. the small tiles are easy to cut off the mess backing if you don't have a tile saw. It's easy to do and great to look at.
  • Barbara Tunney Kaytor Barbara Tunney Kaytor on Jan 10, 2017
    I would paint the floor bricks white to go with the top it would look less drastic and you could add corner shelves or mirror tiles for a modern look. and get rid of the clock.