How can I brighten up this fireplace

q how can i brighten up this fireplace
I have this rock fireplace how can I brighten it up
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  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Jan 17, 2018
    Hello. Many people have asked the same question. Here is what Hometalk has to say about brightening your fireplace. Click on the link below, which will take you to Hometalk‘s suggestions for whitewashing the Stone and giving your space a brighter look. Scroll through the various options. Good luck!

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Jan 17, 2018
    I love the fireplace! I'd remove all the things that are in front of it and place maybe three objects there for a less cluttered look. Definitely remove the little shelves. If you want to lighten it, maybe paint the wood white or black.
  • Ann Ann on Jan 17, 2018
    It looks a bit cluttered to me, and you could play up it’s natural beauty by swapping the art on the mantel for tall reeds in a bamboo or basket weave vase On the right side, and just a couple smaller, natural art pieces n the left. take the bookcases and plant out and buy a simple screen for in front. I would change the light green frame to a very light grey, or whatever subordinate color is in the rocks. Simpler is better and less is more. Just my 2 cents.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 17, 2018
    Too much going on there. Simplify it and declutter.
  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Jan 17, 2018
    Just my opinion. I love the stone fireplace. I would replace the mantel or paint it a couple shades lighter than the stone. Also would remove all the shelves beside it. Possibly put some tiered candles inside the fireplace and a full plant on one side and a basket or decorative piece on the other side. A clock or round piece of wood painted or decoupaged over the mantel would look nice. I say keep it simple. It's a beautiful fireplace.
  • Cecelia Cecelia on Jan 17, 2018
    I used white chalk paint to cover the old red bricks behind my pellet stove. What a difference it made. Brightened up the whole room!
  • Anne Anne on Jan 19, 2018
    How do you paint the walls and behind the fire place
  • Barb Barb on Jan 19, 2018
    Your fireplace has that focal point BUT it’s being blocked with all the wrong decorative decor, it looks like your Hiding it. Remove everything from the fireplace. Being your sofa had burgundy in the fabric, I would paint the entire wall behind the fireplace and the built in bookcases. Then paint the mantle shelf black, add a round black mirror above the fireplace and here a few ideas for accent items to bring the wow factor back. Candles stick holders and lanterns at the foot of the fire place and if your not fond of the fireplace opening here’s another photo below idea. Less is more when decorating. Kirklands, hobby lobby and home goods has a lot of budget ideas.
  • Erin Miller Mullet Erin Miller Mullet on Jan 20, 2018
    Im a self described color master. i think your issue is the color balance between the wood and stone. There seems to be a hue argument going on. The stone is a cool hue, the wood is a warm hue and the paint is neutral. I see what you were attemping with artwork on the mantl, it’s trying to connetc with wood colors in the room. I think the best answer is paint the stone a hue that speaks with the wood, but not the same color! Get lots of paint chips and find a balance the works. Consult the color wheel, seriousl. That’s where the answer is if you need help picking a paint color.
    And, yes ditch the small shelves!

  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Jan 20, 2018
    I would start by removing all the stuff in it and around it. Try painting the bricks a lighter color or whitewashing...try painting the fireplace itself black to give it a modern look.
  • Jane Jane on Jan 20, 2018
    Remove the clutter on mantle and in front of fireplace so you can actually SEE the beauty. Don’t paint the stone. Room color needs to compliment the stone. Green doesn’t seem to be quite right. Mantle needs painted. A few small decoratives, heighth on one side and low on the other should help.
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