A brick fireplace is one of those cozy home features many folks covet. But if the hearth in your abode doesn't reflect your taste or blend with your preferred 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 grammable. 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.
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Embrace Exposed Brick
In this 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. Here. the two blue velvet chairs and pink wall art enliven the space.Continue to 2 of 32 below.
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Give it a German Smear
If you love the look of time-worn brick reminiscent of centuries-old European homes, consider giving your fireplace the German smear treatment. It's a faux antiquing technique that uses wet mortar to give brickwork a big dose of Old World charm.Continue to 3 of 32 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 4 of 32 below.
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Refresh With a New Mantel
You don't have to paint your existing brickwork to brighten things up. In this traditional living room styled by Andrew Flesher Interiors, a white, full-surround mantel updates an old brick fireplace.Continue to 5 of 32 below.
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Paint It Black
Black paint transformed the nonworking fireplace in this 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 6 of 32 below.
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Perfect Color Combination
Some combinations are perfection, like peanut butter and jelly or, in the case of cozy this living room, blue and white paint. In this New York City residence decorated by Alison Jennison Interiors, a painted fireplace pops against navy blue walls. A framed print and a snake plant sprinkle on additional colors.Continue to 7 of 32 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 9 of 32 below.
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Lime Wash Finish
Refresh your sooty brickwork with limestone. After scrubbing her fireplace clean with a brush and white vinegar, Lauren at Blesser House applied a lime wash made from natural limestone. The result is a pristine fireplace with a chic, chalky finish.Continue to 10 of 32 below.
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Black and Blue Color Scheme
The moody living room in this 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 11 of 32 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. 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 12 of 32 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 13 of 32 below.
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If your living room gets lots of natural light, consider painting your fireplace a dramatic dark color. Case in point, this sun-drenched space styled by Tanya at Dan's Lake House. She made the large, bright room feel cozier by pairing the gray wall with a mix of colorful décor.Continue to 14 of 32 below.
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Whitewash Brick Fireplace
Think of your fireplace as a neutral backdrop. Interior designer Timothy Godbold used this whitewashed fireplace as a stage for two photographic prints. The artwork reflects the blue and black colors used throughout the room.Continue to 15 of 32 below.
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Exposed Brick Fireplace and Flue
When renovating this 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 16 of 32 below.
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Midcentury Modern Refresh
Give a traditional fireplace a fresh twist with dark paint. In this midcentury modern home updated by Donna Dufresne Design, charcoal gray walls paired with a simple, rustic mantel gives the living room a chic yet casual vibe.Continue to 17 of 32 below.
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White Painted Brick Fireplace
Tone down a large brick fireplace with a neutral color. This 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 18 of 32 below.
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Pastel Room Decor
Fresh pastel colors coordinate beautifully with exposed brick fireplaces. This real-world example by Julia Ryan, the blogger behind Pawley's Island Posh, features creamy décor and baby blue walls combined with a styled fireplace.Continue to 20 of 32 below.
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Brightening a Midcentury Ranch House
This midcentury house, updated top to bottom by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, features a soothing, neutral color palette. Painting the brick fireplace white seals the deal on the living room's calming tone.Continue to 21 of 32 below.
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Scandinavian-Inspired Living Room
The goal of this project by Simply Home Decorating was to transform a dreary living room into a fantastic space filled with light. Cherry-picked furniture in soft pastel colors, organic wood accents, and a brick fireplace painted white are a few of the ingredients that make the room so appealing.Continue to 22 of 32 below.
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Shabby Chic Decor
Slipcovered sofas, frilly throw pillows, and vintage furniture are the hallmarks of shabby chic style. This cozy home by The Decorologist exemplifies the design aesthetic with a homey, painted fireplace.Continue to 23 of 32 below.
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Show Off Old Brick
In this Brooklyn townhouse remodeled by Alison Jennison Interiors, an old firebox provides a unique focal point. The dark bricks in varying shapes contrast dramatically against the stone mantel and the more orderly brick feature wall.Continue to 24 of 32 below.
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Turn Logs Into a Focal Point
Stacked logs for a wood-burning fireplace become an attractive focal point in this home remodeled by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. The painted brickwork echoes the white walls and pale furnishings that surround it.Continue to 25 of 32 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 demonstrated in this newly constructed fireplace by Erin and Kirsten at House of Jade Interiors.Continue to 27 of 32 below.
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Art Deco Refresh
This 1927 home was given new life with fresh wall colors and modern finishes, thanks to Lisa Britt Designs. The fireplace features gorgeous art deco grillwork. Painting the brick around it a soft shade of gray allowed this unique feature to pop. Adding to the fireplace's charm is the lovely mantel with its dentil detail.Continue to 28 of 32 below.
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Blending in a Fireplace
In most homes, the fireplace is a central element, and all the furniture and decorative accessories in the same room usually revolve around it. This can pose a challenge 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 was left unpainted.Continue to 29 of 32 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 30 of 32 below.
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Traditional Decor With a Boho Twist
Create an earthy aura by combining a wood mantel with a brick fireplace painted white. In this New York City living room by Alison Jennison Interiors, a leather lounge chair and copper end table add to the room's visual warmth.Continue to 31 of 32 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 bricks were treated with the light shade, and others with the darker color. Before applying the paint, she turned it into a color wash by mixing two parts paint with one part water. This allowed the paint to soak into the brick, which helped Jennifer achieve a natural brick look.Continue to 32 of 32 below.
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Decorative Paint Techniques
Exposing the masonry in this colorful bungalow remodeled by Werk Building Modern gave the home an open, loft-like feeling. Below the mantel, the brickwork was given a solid coat of white paint. For some visual interest, the painted brick above the fireplace received a distressed finish.