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Design trends are in constant flux, but certain interior elements seem particularly subject to passing styles. When it comes to the living room, we can think of no feature more prominent than the family fireplace. The mantel is the star of the show, the centerpiece of the traditional American family room. It’s where priceless heirlooms and treasured family photos rest. Seasonal and holiday decor also make their home on the mantelpiece.

Since the fireplace is so often the focal point of family living space, shouldn’t its style be compelling? If your hearth’s starting to look dated, there are a multitude of methods to update its appearance! From simple fixes to all-out remodels, we’ve listed our favorite fireplace upgrade ideas below.

1. Refresh Your Paint

If you’re looking for the most budget-friendly option, fresh paint is the best bang for your buck! You’d be amazed at what a coat of white or a bold pop of color could do for your space. Paint especially shines on basic brick fireplaces. One of our favorite ways to paint outdated brick is with a whitewash—it’s a stunning modern and understated look

2. Play with Tile

For a more dramatic change, try playing with tile. If you’re feeling especially brave, bring in a patterned tile or lay a simple tile in an unexpected and eye-catching pattern. You can find a beautiful tile to match any taste or price point – your creativity is your only limit!

3. Get Bold with Artwork

Another easy way to reset your mantel’s mood is by adding artwork. Whether you’re aiming for a burst of color or pattern, we guarantee there’s an artist out there to suit your style. There’s plenty of affordable ways to spruce up your mantel with artwork. Take advantage of digital prints on Etsy, find pieces at local art fairs, and browse local non-profit gallery openings!

4. Add More Dimension

To add an even stronger style, consider bringing texture and dimension to the forefront of your mantelpiece. One big trend right now is adding shiplap wooden boards to refresh your fireplace. Explore design blogs, Pinterest, and Houzz for design inspiration; they’re fantastic places to find cutting edge ideas!

5. Update Woodwork

The last element that can date any fireplace is the woodwork’s finish. Certain stains and flourishes feel tied with distinct eras; replacing or refacing woodwork is the fastest course to a modern mantel.

If DIY projects aren’t your passion, this would be a good time to call in a professional craftsperson!

Have a question about updating your home’s fireplace or an upcoming remodeling project? Feel free to contact the Andrus Built team for more more information. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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