To soon? Yes, summer is just ending, but we're already thinking about cozying up to a roaring fire in the coming months. Here are a few inspiring ideas for the hearth, including one for an apartment, believe it or not....
  1. Bold blue tiles pop against matte gray walls in this interior from photographer Paul Raeside.
  2. Alison's fireplace got a paint job (actually, two) in this Before & After (& After Again).
  3. Crisp, clean white gussies up this fireplace from AB Chao's Project: Fireplace Paint Job.
  4. Don't let a little thing like a "lease" or "legal ramification" stop you from your fireplace dreams. If you find the perfect one, stick it in and add some candles, like this one from Flickr Finds: Degerka's Orange Fireplace.
  5. The painting averse could try a facade made out of boards, like this one found by the Young House Love crew at a local Anthropologie.