Fireplaces — even non-working ones — have a way of instantly warming up a room (at least aesthetically) and adding instant architectural character. And the good news is that, even if your home doesn't have any fireplaces at all, or you're stuck with an ugly one, there are ways to get the look you want. Whether you're trying to add a little character to a boring house, or cover up a fireplace whose current look you don't really love, you'll find a project here to inspire you.
This fireplace update from The Home Depot Blog involved adding a paneled, ceiling-height surround to an existing fireplace.
It's hard to believe there use to be a blank wall where this beautiful mantel is now a focal point of the room. Blesser House has made some changes to it over the past couple of years, and it's never looked more real than it does today.
Kristi of Making It In the Mountains fashioned this arched fireplace facade for her master bedroom, as part of the One Room Challenge last fall. It adds tons of character to the space.
This DIY faux fireplace mantel from The Home Depot Blog (with a subway tile insert) gets a little extra architectural interest from the tongue and groove panels on the side.
The folks at The Pear Tree Cottage turned a seriously unsightly brick fireplace into this beauty.
This project from Maison de Pax involved simply adding a shelf above the existing fireplace — but this little change really transformed the look of the room.
Daniel from Manhattan Nest added a vintage mantel to a room in his home that lacked character. Thanks to his attention to detail, you'd never guess that this fireplace hadn't been there all along.
Whitney of The Rooster and the Hen refinished an old mantel, and then installed it in her living room. Then she filled the opening with stacked poplar logs.
This mantel from A Bowl Full of Lemons appears to just be leaning against the wall, but it's still a great spot for frames and vases and a beautiful focal point for the room.
Lisa from Shine Your Light transformed her unsightly fireplace with a DIY marble tile surround and hearth.
This fireplace (lead image above), from In the Fields, looks like the real thing but is actually an electric log warmer with a surround built around. This is a great way to get the warmth and the beauty of a fireplace with only a small investment — no chimney needed.