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Suggestions for updating fireplace

DeborahEllen's picture

Our living room fireplace is 31/2 feet high by 5 feet long, and is constructed of brick (we think it's red brick), which is painted white. The mantle is a slab of stone, also painted white.The walls in the room are hunter green, and the white is too much of a contrast, and I'd like a change. Any suggestions? Should we try and strip the paint? Face with tiles or stone? Build a wood box around it? Repaint, and if so, what colour?The furniture is a mix of modern and antiques.Thanks for your ideas!

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MarshB's picture

You may want to check this stores site, for fireplaces.

DeborahEllen's picture

Thanks for all the ideas.My husband really likes the dark green walls, and I know I won't be able to get him to change his mind about repainting. As for painting the brass on the firescreen, good idea, I think that's something I can do.

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jmurray's picture

Hello DeborahEllen,If you'd like to lessen the impact of a white fireplace against hunter green walls, an easy way would be to add white bookshelves on either side of the fireplace if you have space, like the living room here: They can be full-height or even shorter shelves. It would create more storage, create an accent wall and save you the hassle of repainting.Hope we've all given you some ideas!JenniferWeb Promotions Editor

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