Good Questions: Updating This Fireplace?

Good Questions: Updating This Fireplace?

Grace Shu
Jan 8, 2008

AT:LA reader Nancy asks us,

Hi! I would love any suggestions for what I could do to update this fireplace. I would like a clean modern look. I was thinking of perhaps tiling over the bricks and removing the wood mantelpiece...but any ideas would be welcome.

Thanks!

Nancy's fireplace in her living room.

Dear Nancy,

We're in the same boat with you! As a matter of fact, we're thinking about updating our own brick fireplace as part of the January Jumpstart project. We like the idea of removing the mantel and tiling! If you like the look of smaller tiles, check out the Color Blox Neutral Colors from Crossville. An alternative to tiling could be creating a very simple surround in a light color--check out this fireplace featured in Gaile's Flickr . Anyone else have any suggestions?

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