3 Fireplace ideas to Update your Living Room

Published on
September 6, 2021

A fireplace can be the centerpiece of your living room. Therefore, you want to put a bit of thought into its design and overall fit. Here are 3 fireplace ideas to update your living room.

1. Accessorise the Fireplace

There are infinite ways to style a fireplace to make it stand out while being coherent with the rest of the interior décor. The specific styling elements you bring in will depend on the size and design of the existing fireplace.

For instance, if the mantel has an outstanding design, consider minimal accessories and let it be the star of the show. You may add one or two glass vases to complement the mantel without taking away from it.

On the other hand, you could go all out with accessories, e.g., mirrors, maps, framed prints, houseplants, colorful vases, vintage collectibles, etc. When picking out the accessories, pay attention to their size, shape, and how they fill the space relative to each other.

For instance, a long painting will give the fireplace and entire living room an illusion of height. However, you do not want to use other long accessories with the painting as they will compete for attention. So, you can complement the long paint with two medium-sized ones.

2. Repaint the Fireplace

A fresh coat of paint is always an effective way to spruce up a space. You may repaint the entire fireplace or sections of the fireplace.

There are various strategies for repainting the fireplace to make it stand out. For instance, you can paint it in a color that ties in with the rest of the colors used in the living room. Or, you could create contrast.

If you have a brick fireplace that you feel dulls down the rest of the room, consider whitewashing it for a rustic yet contemporary feel. The white color brightens the room and provides a versatile backdrop when accessorizing the fireplace. You can easily do it yourself by properly mixing equal parts white latex paint with water then applying the 1-2 coats of the paint on the fireplace.

3. Install a New Fireplace

If your fireplace is old and worn out, it is time to replace it with a new one. Or, if you do not have one already, consider installing one.

There is a wide range of fireplace designs, sizes, and colors to choose from. Some designs are exquisite, while others are simple. You could even install a faux fireplace, especially if the house structure does not accommodate fireplace venting.

When choosing a fireplace, consider the space available, structural design of your living room, fireplace fuel type, counting options, materials, and your budget.


A fireplace comes in handy during the cold seasons to keep you warm. It is also an integral part of your living room interior décor. Therefore, it must be functional yet fit well with the rest of the room. You can update it by accessorizing, repainting, or replacing it if it is worn out.

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