Before and After: A Pink Fireplace Isn’t Even the Boldest Part of This Living Room Redo

published Dec 26, 2023
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Most extreme maximalists don’t move into homes or apartments that already come color-fied to their liking; instead, they more often start with something neutral (or close to it). It can take a lot of DIY work to fill those blank spaces with all the hallmarks of maximalist design, like punchy patterns, bright colors, and lots and lots of accessories.

Marina Porter is one of those self-described maximalism-to-the-max homeowners (check out her multicolor bathroom redo here and her playful, colorful bungalow tour here) whose home was once “very neutral.” 

The previous homeowners had gone with gray walls, gray flooring, and a navy fireplace interior that wasn’t quite a style fit for Marina or her husband, Alexander Arseneau. But they’d also knocked down a wall separating the dining room and living room to create one large open space, which was very much something Marina and Alexander wanted. Knowing that they had a layout they liked and just needed to add some custom touches, Marina and Alexander’s goal was “to make the home [their] happy place with items and murals that bring [them] joy.” 

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A pink fireplace packs a punch. 

“We started this project by painting the fireplace, which is now pink and filled with disco balls,” Marina says. They used Behr’s Pink Wink for the once white-bricked focal point, and that’s the same color on the lower half of the walls.. 

“This was one of the easiest rooms to renovate,” Marina adds. “It just needed a deep clean, paint, and to be filled with items we love.”

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A hand-painted mural adds personality.

Although the pink painted fireplace is a beauty, Marina says the main DIY in the space is the hand-painted orange and pink checkered mural on the column. 

Each side of the column has a different pattern that helps to create little zones in the mostly open main level. 

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The furniture is a collection of whimsical secondhand finds. 

If she could change one thing about the living room‘s current look, Marina says it would probably be the gray floors — but for now, she’s been able to mostly cover it with a Moroccan-style rug, which is one of her favorite new additions. “The changes that made the biggest difference in the space would definitely be painting the walls, the fireplace, and the column, but I believe the rug and couch ties in the space,” she says. The rug is from Amazon, the couch is from HomeSense, and everything else is secondhand. 

“We source a lot of our items from estate sales, Facebook Marketplace and auctions,” Marina says. “We are most proud of how all of our vintage pieces work well in the space together and how we were able to mix patterns and objects to create a maximalist yet curated space.”