How to fix a fireplace that is not centered in the brick?

Our fireplace is not centered in the brick around. One side has more brick showing than the other side. How do I even it out without making it more noticible?
q fix a fireplace that is not centered in the brick
The brick area right side from the side of the mantel to molding is 9”. The left side is only six. How can I make it look like the fireplace is centered without calling even more attention to it?
q fix a fireplace that is not centered in the brick
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  • Paul Dempsey Paul Dempsey on Jul 31, 2018
    The simplest thing is to trick the eye by moving the right molding in 3 inches and covering the bring with some drywall compound to blend it into the wall and level the brick into the wall. If the brick stands out substantially from the wall, then even just painting it will trick the eye into making the fireplace look centered.

    As for the hearth, the brick will continue to extend the full width. You could risk shortening that to even it out. However, often the end bricks will be solid, bit the field bricks may have holes to help them lock into place. So removing an end brick on the hearth may not always be a good idea.

  • Paul Dempsey Paul Dempsey on Jul 31, 2018
    The other option it to move the left molding 3 inches left and either faux paint more bricks to add three inches. Or look for z-bricks that match your bricks. These are think brick slivers that apply to the wall like tile.

  • KSA KSA on Aug 01, 2018
    I'd leave it, but paint the brick to freshen it up then put a LARGE vase or pot with grasses/reeds on the right side to trick the eye. Make the vase/pot the focal and you won't notice the uneven brick anymore!

  • KB KB on Aug 31, 2018

    The problem lies more with the mantle. The bottom seems like it was not centered below the top horizontal piece. Can you remove the bottom piece and recenter it? It’s painted brown so you can repair any damage from removal with putty and even add more molding to hide it, then paint it again... even change the color if you want. Or just remove it and build a new mantle. Good luck!

    • KB KB on Aug 31, 2018

      If you can’t easily remove the back piece of wood from the brick, then just remove the molding on the front of it. Then add a small strip of wood to the right of each vertical piece, keeping them thw same width, but visually “moving” them to the right. Then center the molding back onto thw mantle and repaint. Without seeing behind the “fireplace screen houses” I can’t tell what this would so to the fireplace opening. But it will center the mantle on the outer brick. Again good luck!