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Beautiful Brick Fireplaces
A brick fireplace is one of those cozy home features many folks covet. But if the one in your abode doesn't reflect your taste and décor, it can feel more like an eyesore than a desirable architectural feature.
Luckily, with a little creative thinking, a fire surround can become a dazzling focal point — not to mention gram-able. Whether you're looking to unlock your existing brickwork's stylish potential or are contemplating a brick fireplace renovation, the following examples will get you inspired.Continue to 2 of 33 below.
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Embrace Exposed Brick
In a one bedroom apartment decorated by Facet 14 an exposed brick fireplace and wall combo bring on the cozy.
Furniture and decorative accessories in vibrant colors look stunning next to unpainted brick. Two blue velvet chairs and pink wall art enliven the space.Continue to 3 of 33 below.
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Blue Brick Fireplace
Fake the look of Staffordshire blue brick with an ingenious idea from The Suburb Experiment. Paint a red brick fireplace a deep shade of matte blue. When the first coat of paint dries, apply a color wash and then quickly wipe it off with a clean, dry towel. To make the wash mixture, mix one part blue paint and one part white paint with four parts of water.Continue to 5 of 33 below.
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Refresh With a New Mantel
You don't have to paint your existing brickwork to brighten things up. In a traditional living room styled by Andrew Flesher Interiors, a white, full surround mantel updates an old brick fireplace.Continue to 6 of 33 below.
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Paint It Black
Black paint transformed the nonworking fireplace in a century-old Victorian home remodeled by Lynn Kleonidas into a showstopping feature. To make the most of the living room's dramatic high ceilings the mantel is topped off with a gi-normous, gold framed mirror.Continue to 7 of 33 below.
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Perfect Color CombinationContinue to 8 of 33 below.
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Enhance Vintage Details
When updating this 1920s bungalow, Sean and Sara Martin from Open Door Architecture painted the brick fireplace and mantel wall a greenish shade of gray. The wood trim and beige walls add depth and contrast to the room.Continue to 10 of 33 below.
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Black and Blue Color Scheme
The moody living room in a modern farmhouse by Andrew Flesher Interiors pairs navy blue walls with a black brick fireplace. The oak mantel and colorful furniture add a little room brightening contrast.Continue to 12 of 33 below.
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Fake an Antique Brick Finish
Get the look of antique brickwork with a painting trick by Jennifer Allwood at The Magic Brush. To do, she and her team carefully applied gray paint immediately followed by an ebony stain sealer to each brick. To bring a graphic element to this project, they didn't paint the mortar.Continue to 13 of 33 below.
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Revive a Vintage Living Room
Updating a living room that's seemingly frozen in the 1970s is possible with these easy tips from Cindy at Edith and Evelyn Vintage. After scraping off the popcorn ceilings and ripping out the baby blue carpet in the space, she refreshed a red brick fireplace with light gray paint. Afterward, she updated the blocky mantel with crown molding.Continue to 14 of 33 below.
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Exposed Brick Fireplace and Flue
When renovating a home designed by American architect William Wurster in 1939, Butler Armsden Architects exposed the brick on the fireplace to show off the fingerprints left by the original mason. A black metal flue gives the update an industrial edge.Continue to 17 of 33 below.
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White Painted Brick Fireplace
Tone down a large brick fireplace with a neutral color. A fireplace project by Chelsea Foy of Lovely Indeed took two coats of primer and two coats of paint. Decorative accessories including a ukulele bring on the whimsy.Continue to 19 of 33 below.
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Turn Logs Into a Focal Point
Stacked logs for a wood-burning fireplace become an attractive focal in a home remodeled by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. The painted brickwork echoes the white walls and pale furnishings that surround it.Continue to 26 of 33 below.
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Spruce Up Brick Veneer
Whether your decorating style leans toward maximalism or minimalism, a white, painted fireplace can add alluring texture to a room. It's also a fantastic way to make cheap bricks or brick veneer look expensive, as illustrated in a newly constructed fireplace by Erin and Kirsten at House of Jade Interiors.Continue to 28 of 33 below.
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Art Deco Refresh
The fireplace features gorgeous art deco grillwork. Painting the brick around it a soft shade of gray allowed the unique feature to pop. Adding to the fireplace's charm is the lovely mantel with dentil detail. The latter refers to the small repeating block pattern along the bottom.Continue to 29 of 33 below.
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Blending in a Fireplace
In most homes, the fireplace is a central element, so all the furniture and decorative accessories in the same room usually revolve around it, and that can be tough when you're working with a bold, brick fireplace that's not exactly your style.
In this living room by Libra Studios white paint made a large fireplace blend in with the rest of the décor. For dramatic contrast, the nonworking iron stove in front of it was left unpainted.Continue to 30 of 33 below.
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Stunning Accent Wall
Turning a brick fireplace into a stunning accent wall for displaying art is a cinch with paint. The designers at Stuart Sampley Art Architect chose a shade of bluish gray that works with the room's soothing, boho vibe.Continue to 31 of 33 below.
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Gray Wash Brick
Jennifer at The Crux used to refer to the red brick fireplace in her basement as the "wall-to-wall monstrosity." The problem? She felt that its color smothered the room with darkness. So she painted it light gray.
To achieve a natural variation in color from brick to brick she did two things. First, she used two different shades of gray paint. Some brinks were treated with the light shade, and others with the darker color. Before applying, she turned the paint into a color wash by mixing two parts paint with one part water. Doing so allowed the paint to soak into the brick, which helped her achieve a natural brick look.Continue to 33 of 33 below.
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Decorative Paint Techniques