No matter what time of year it is, a fireplace always becomes the focal point of any room. Decorative or working, there's just something incredibly cozy and welcoming about a beautiful fireplace framing a living room or den. And when you think of a fireplace, you probably conjure up images of a more traditional hearth with loads of charm.
But sometimes a fireplace just needs a modern makeover. Whether it's simply a coat of paint or all new tiling, there are ways to take your fireplace into the 21st century.
No matter what style of decor you're into, there's a fireplace makeover idea that could transform your space. Read on for some of our favorite ideas.
Add a Pop of Paint
Sometimes all you need to upgrade your fireplace is a gallon of paint and a paintbrush. While we love natural brick, sometimes a room just calls for painted brick, especially on a fireplace. A simple white and black color palette can create a classic yet modern look in any space.
Frame the Fireplace
When it comes to upgrading your fireplace, think outside the hearth. Consider renovating the space surrounding the fireplace with a modern, wood-paneled built-in to frame the room and give it a finished feeling.
Paint it Blue
Painting the area surrounding the fireplace the same color can create a more cohesive look and add a lot of depth to the room. Pick a soft, tranquil hue such as a sky blue to help ground a den or an office space.
Add Graphic Tile
If your fireplace has stale, outdated tile, consider modernizing it and replacing it with a vivid, eye-catching tile. Keep the colors cohesive with the rest of the fireplace so it doesn't overpower the room.
Blend it In
While we love a fireplace that really stands out, you can still have a lovely focal point that doesn't contrast with the rest of the room. Paint the fireplace the same shade of white paint as the rest of the room for a minimal, modern look.
Go to the Ceiling
Accentuate your tall ceilings by pulling your fireplace all the way to the ceiling. Extend a traditional fireplace upwards with wood paneling to create a more elegant, stately look that holds its own in the rest of a large room.
Opt for Concrete
Alternative materials such as concrete are great ways to make a fireplace feel more modern. Concrete or stone not only looks modern, but it also requires very little maintenance throughout its life.
Use It For Storage
Even a decorative fireplace can act as a centerpiece in a living room, but if your chimney isn't in use, use the space for storage instead. Add a basket or a handful of candles to add a lot of charm.
Go for Contrast
Whether you opt for traditional black and white or you go for two bold colors, contrasting color palettes can add a load of depth and visual appeal in any room.
We love a great double-sided fireplace, especially when it's covered in gray shiplap. Upgrade your electric or gas fireplace with wood paneling to make it even more interesting.
Cover it With Tile
Though we typically see tile only over parts of the fireplace, here floor to ceiling subway tile offers a clean, modern look that is eye-catching yet not overly intense. Keep the tile simple to avoid overpowering the room, but consider a glossy look to reflect a lot of light.
Mix Tile and Paneling
Can't decide between wood paneling and tile? Use both (just stick to a simple color palette). Here, tile covers the hearth of the fireplace while wood paneling adorns the overmantle to create a modern, eye-catching look.
Update the Surround
When it comes to renovating your fireplace, don't just think about the outside. Retiling or painting the surround can add a pop of color for just enough of a twist in any room.
If you decide to paint the surround, be sure to use a paint that can withstand high temperatures.
We love using marble in spaces where we want to create an elevated feel that is still modern. Replace your brick fireplace with a marble facade to give your room a sophisticated touch.
Go With Slate
A stacked slate veneer can give your modern living room a refresh that still feels cozy and welcoming.
Use a Dash of Pink
There are few things a swipe of pink paint can’t fix and the fireplace is not one of them. We love painting the fireplace a soft pink to set it apart from the rest of the room while remaining subtle and modern.
Get to Tiling
Small tile work can add a lot of interest to any space, especially in a living room. Use mini tiles to decorate your fireplace to give it a busier, more visually interesting look.
If you're looking for a modern wood paneling idea, consider this vertical striped paneling design to make your room appear taller and larger and draw the eye up.
DIY a Mantle
If you are retiling or painting a fireplace, you may be wondering what to do with an outdated mantle. Swap your traditional mantle for a floating shelf to create a modern, streamlined look.
Add a Mirror
Though it’s not a new idea to use a mirror over the fireplace, the right mirror can still look incredibly modern and fresh. Pick an oversized piece with brass or gold details to elevate a simple clay or stone fireplace.
Fill the Firebox
Step one: Paint it pink. Step two: Fill the decorative fireplace with rustic logs or birchwood to create a ton of warmth without an actual fire.
Lean Into Shiplap
Between the vertical shiplap and the chevron tile work, we don't know what we love most about this decorative fireplace. Don't be afraid to experiment with shiplap, even if your home isn't a modern farmhouse.
Go for Graphic Designs
We love a hand-painted tile that is bold and eye-catching. Refinish your fireplace with a graphic tile that will transform your entire space.
Keep It Simple
A modern fireplace update doesn't have to be over the top. Keep it simple with a clean, neutral palette and natural wood.
Add a Pop of Color
What's better than an eye-catching tile? A bold-colored, eye-catching tile. Pull in a pop of color by retiling your fireplace.
Update an Electric Fireplace
An electric fireplace can be super convenient, but it just may not add the same charm as a wood-burning fireplace. Update an electric fireplace with new, modern tile and rustic wood accents.
We love this terracotta matte tile because it adds a lovely, unexpected look to the fireplace but doesn't feel overly stark or modern and still lends warmth to the space.
Go With Black
It's a myth that black paint makes a room feel darker. In reality, a touch of black paint can really open up a room and add a lot of depth, especially in a fireplace centerpiece.
Upgrade a Corner Fireplace
A corner fireplace can be hard to work with, but with a coat of paint, you can make it pop. Pick a color only slightly different from the walls for a subtle look or go all out and opt for a lot of contrast.
Try Mixed Materials
Who says you have to stick with one material on your modern fireplace? Mix materials such as marble, wood, or clay to create a lot of texture and interest.