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Jan 02, 2019

How to Update & Upgrade an Existing Fireplace

Photographed by Shannon McGrath[/caption]If you’ve just purchased a brand new house with an existing fireplace, congratulations—you’ve got your hands on a nice little asset! Everyone loves a fireplace; it’s the place to cuddle up with your loved ones on a cold winter’s night.

Luckily, even a tired old brick fireplace can quickly be transformed into a design piece that will increase your family’s enjoyment and your property’s sale price (if you’re feeling that way inclined).

If you're dealing with an outdated 1970s brick fireplace or—even worse—a gaudy 1980s plug-in gas fireplace, it’s easily to update and upgrade. In fact, all you need to do is change the fireplace surrounds, and you'll enjoy an entirely new look without having to deal with the fireplace itself.

What Is a Fireplace Surround?

A fireplace surround is a design element that frames your fireplace. They come in various styles, from heritage to the ultra-modern, making them the perfect way to instantly update an existing appointment.

Heritage Options

When it comes to heritage fireplace surrounds, two materials come to mind – polished marble and carved wood. The thing about a heritage surround using these two materials is that it isn’t only suited to a period room.

White marble and carved wood look perfect in a modern or minimalist styled room. A Georgian-styled surround in white timber is ideal for anyone going for a Scandinavian-décor.

The Ultra-Modern

Black marble is perfect for the ultra modern room. It’s sleek, dynamic and the clean lines of the material offer endless visual interest. Limestone also provides an ultra-contemporary fireplace design and is a more cost-effective option than marble.

Creating Warmth

Does your current fireplace design invite you in? If it doesn't, it should. Fireplaces are designed to be sat around, they should conjure up warmth, and they need to pick up the glow of the fire.

That’s why materials like marble, limestone, timber and even sandstone are so popular. They all absorb the heat and glow of the fire and create that cosy feeling we all want from our leisure areas.

 

Laying the Foundation

Every fireplace needs the perfect foundation, and that means choosing the right grate. Your grate can be just as stylish as your surrounds, so your fireplace looks beautiful whether it's ablaze or not.

Grates also make your fireplace more efficient. They cradle the logs and allow them to fall and move forward as each one burns and smoulders. This means you can sit back and enjoy the warmest possible fire without doing the work yourself!

With a beautiful fireplace surround you take your dated fireplace and transform it into what it should be – the absolute centrepiece of the room. Don’t let your fireplace be a wasted asset.

Just browse through Richard Ellis Design’s enormous selection of fireplace surrounds and begin your fireplace renovation journey.

The addition of a white timber surround on an old brick fireplace instantly transforms it into a minimalist design piece. The addition of black or white marble makes it instantly opulent. They really are the quickest and easiest way to redesign your home.

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