A fireplace is a great focal point to use when decorating a living room. Most of us have one. But sometimes they are plain or generic. Maybe you’ve got that giant hole above your mantle that builders like to put in for out of date televisions.
They are usually odd in size and you have no idea what to do with it. Perhaps you live in an older home and your fireplace is bricked (along with the entire wall) and just an eyesore. How do we get this great feature updated to really stand out?
There are many ways to turn this piece of architecture into a gem in your home. These days most fireplaces that are installed are run by gas. These are wonderful because there’s no messy wood and ash to worry about. You can literally just flip a switch and tadah, you have a cozy fire just like that, you tend to use it often. Even Florida can have chilly nights and a fireplace simply creates a great homey atmosphere.
In this article, we will focus on solving architectural and aesthetic fireplace issues. These tend to be the most frequent dilemmas in most living rooms. Benchmark Painting & Carpentry have some simple recommendations and our pros know how to implement them. So let’s discuss some solutions.
My Fireplace Has No Character
Is your fireplace the typical plain white builder fireplace? If your fireplace has been built on a niche wall that either project out or in or is on an angled wall, an easy solution is to paint that section of the wall a contrasting color, but one that complements the existing paint color in the room. Or just the opposite.
Leave that small wall or niche and paint all the walls except that one in contrasting darker color. And yet another option is to paint the mantle & moldings a dark color to give drama to the room. This will ground the fireplace and make those flames stand out.
Also, there’s the option of removing the mantle entirely or adding molding to your existing fireplace mantle and surround can make an extraordinary difference. Whether your preference is traditional, farmhouse, modern, etc., there are moldings, shiplap, and mantles to suit your style.
To create another layer of interest, dimension and texture add tile or stone to this area. So depending on your budget, style, and imagination you can really make your fireplace pop.
What Do I Do About the TV Hole Above the Fireplace?
This second problem is really for homes built in the early 2000s till now. Some builders give no thought into the fact that we no longer own giant box TVs. You are probably tired of trying to decorate that area with plants, candles or covering it as best you can with a mirror or picture. Frequently this area is a very odd shape.
In this case, we suggest having the hole framed, drywalled and the electrical / cable rewired on the new wall if you wish to hang a flat-screen tv. Then finish up with a new coat of paint. Benchmark professionals can make it look like that hole it never existed in the first place.
Solutions for an Outdated Brick Fireplace
Back in the day, almost all fireplaces were finished with brick and lots of it. Depending on the color and style of brick, this may be ok or really bad. If the brick is in good shape and you’re like the style but not the color, the most economical and easy solution is to paint it.
But, if the brick is just not for you don’t worry. Our skilled carpenters can cover part or all the brick with wood, drywall, and moldings. A new mantle can be replaced to fit the new look. You’ll never have to look at that old brick again.
We’d Love to Make Your Fireplace Look Amazing
For any of these solutions and more ideas, call Benchmark Painting & Carpentry. Our professional staff can help create anything you desire. We love to get creative and our goal is to make your dream project come true.
Benchmark Painting & Carpentry is dedicated to quality work. We are determined to provide a thorough, high-quality painting & carpentry services right here in the greater Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach and Boca Ratan area. Call us today and let’s get started!