Update for brick fireplace- any ideas?

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currently red brick all the way to the ceiling. white painted wood mantle and trim around it. Home is traditional 1960s home with hardwood floors. Don't want it contemporary. Husband doesn't want to paint it off white bc it would be permanent. Any ideas?

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  • Bobbie Bobbie on Nov 16, 2017
    Sometimes just changing the color of the wall around the fireplace can give it a whole new feel
  • Sharon Sharon on Nov 16, 2017
    Create a wood surround for it and paint it white to brighten the room and you could add white cabinets on either side if you have room, maybe even add a tv cabinet on top for flat screen....
  • Sharon Sharon on Nov 16, 2017
    Oh here is one I really like and very traditional... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h205Y-WonM
  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Nov 16, 2017
    Don't paint the brick. Decrease the value. Update artwork above the mantel. Update your accessories. Would help if you had a picture of your fireplace. Have a theme going to mix in with your other décor. New candles / candle holders. Something seasonal on the hearth.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 16, 2017
    If your husband does not want to paint the fireplace,there is no way for a update other then to change your accessories and wall colors
  • Karen Durante Karen Durante on Nov 16, 2017
    My bricklayer husband always advises against painting brick. Consider a surrounding wood mantel in white or off-white. Add decorative accessories on the mantel. Maybe large and long artwork either propped on the mantel or secured to the brick wall above the mantel. Watch proportions, placement, color and style with artwork and accessories. You might have to experiment with the decorations before it is just the way you want it. I do a lot of buying, bringing back and re-buying with my projects.
  • Nie21774681 Nie21774681 on Nov 16, 2017
    wow!! Beautiful!! Great ideas! Thank you!!
  • Nie21774681 Nie21774681 on Nov 16, 2017
    He just feels it is so permanent. Thanks for answering
  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Nov 17, 2017
    Paint your fireplace a creamy white and stain your mantel.
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