Fireplace Makeover With a Casual, California Vibe
See how designer and blogger, Kristin Guy, turned her dated fireplace into a modern, coastal-inspired masterpiece.
When we were searching the market for our first home, a fireplace was definitely on our list. After looking at hundreds of homes, however, we started to realize that the “perfect” fireplace really doesn't exist — it can be on your list of wants, but definitely not a top priority. So when we found our ideal mid-century bungalow, it was okay that it didn’t have the ideal mid-century fireplace to match. With a few simple upgrades, we turned our dream home's drab hearth into a stunning, coastal-inspired focal piece.
Gorgeous, right? And the best part is, giving a ho-hum fireplace a facelift is easier than it looks. Here are my top five tips for a quick fireplace fix you can pull off in a weekend!
Paint color can really make or break a room. Where a fireplace is a lovely focus feature, in a smaller space it can feel a little overpowering — especially when painted a dark tone. We refreshed the surround with a light seafoam green for a weightless look that complemented the warmer tones of our mid-century furniture.
Texture With Timber
Kristin Guy, Dine X Design
When we bought the house, the mantlepiece was a space-saving cubby with different-sized compartments. Although we can definitely use all the storage we can get, the white plastic bar felt sterile and a little too modern for our taste. By swapping out the shelf with a piece of reclaimed wood, we added much-needed texture and warmth to an otherwise minimalist-looking fireplace. We included handmade brass brackets to echo the other finishes in our lighting and living room hardware.
There were no doors on the fireplace opening, which is a hazard for little ones and pets. By adding matte black modern screen doors with sleek bar handles, the fireplace immediately felt more finished and secure. There are a lot of different door and color options when it comes to fireplace doors, but we decided on matte black so that the fire would be the star of the show.
Mounted televisions are a wonder when it comes to space saving, but an eyesore for those looking for a neatly-designed space. After contemplating a large painting to cover the screen, we decided on a graphic rug hung over a wooden dowel suspended from two mid-century brass hooks. Not only does the tapestry soften the straight lines of the fireplace, but it’s so much easier (not to mention lighter) to take on and off when the TV is in use.
Plant Some Personality
Even with a fresh coat of paint and some custom details the fireplace was lacking unique personality. After finding this vintage brass peacock screen online, we knew it was perfect for adding some whimsical character to the fireplace doors.
Kristin Guy, Dine X Design
We softened the natural look of the reclaimed wood mantel further by installing a collection of different sizes and types of plants potted in handmade ceramics and woven baskets. These curated pieces work together to pull off a dreamy, modern-coastal look. We're smitten!