What is the most current style for a brick natural fireplace?

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We have a natural brick fireplace which has been painted totally to modern colors but we need a change.

It is centered to livingroom wall but not new style. Stone mantel and hearth. Also painted. I wAnt to modernise it but unsure of a new style. It came with the 60 year old house.

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  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Apr 04, 2019

    Please send us a picture of the other design elements in your room. My bachelors degree is in interior design, so I can help you with a picture or two.


    What other colors do you have in there?

    Are your tastes contemporary with today? Or are your tastes vintage like mid century modern? That’s how old the house is.

    What other kinds of materials do you have in there?


    Do you use the fireplace? As in are you going to be scooping ashes out of it? Light hearth finishes are a lot of work to keep clean with ashes. I know that from my own experience of painting my brick hearth tan.


    Do you just want to paint it? Or do you want to veneer it? If you want to the veneer it, we can talk about the area around the fire box itself has to be finished in something that is not flammable I believe 12 inches all around it.


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    • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Apr 05, 2019

      If you’re looking at marble tiles, consider polished porcelain bodied tile or granite. Marble is softer and much more porous than granite and needs frequent re-sealing.

      Porcelain bodied tile have no glaze, which makes the color integral for installation cuts and possible chips.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 04, 2019

    German schmeer is popular right now. You could also cover it with shiplap which is the other big craze of the moment.


  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Apr 04, 2019

    Be careful picking the current trend, they change almost a fast a you can do them. Choose something that will withstand the test of time.

  • William William on Apr 05, 2019

    Basically it's a personal preference. Trends come and go. You could be changing your fireplace every three to five years if you follow trends. Budget is a factor. Personal style is a factor. Taste is a factor.


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