Updated: Apr 20
Your brick fireplace is a dependable source of heat and, if it’s wood-burning, also helps keep your heating costs low. But the outdated design may have become an eyesore, and years of soot can make it look even worse. We found several ways to make your brick fireplace look better – much, much better.
Taco quartz tile
One way to update your fireplace is by covering it with tile. “Because tile requires a smooth surface, though, and brick is anything but, you will need to use a cement backer board,” advises Felix Ortiz owner and operator of Prestige Handyman, “This handy invention allows you to skip the torturous task of adding layers of mortar to create a level surface on which the tile can attach,”. “Instead, you attach the tile to the board and the board to the fireplace.”
Floor-to-ceiling, large, textured tile surrounding a fireplace wall is trending. The design brings the outdoors inside.
The light-colored slab stone in this fireplace contrasts the deep grey color on the adjacent walls and ties all of the other grey tones together. Stone slabs like this one are available in marble, granite, limestone, marble, quartz, quartzite and onyx.
Stacked stone/stacked stone veneer
Nothing beats the look of a stacked stone fireplace, but a stacked stone veneer is easy to install and less expensive. And it’s hard to tell the difference between the two.
A concrete fireplace surround fits well in this contemporary home. In addition to being a composite material, concrete can also add color. Concrete fireplaces are available in colors including limestone, taupe, pewter, graphite, dusk, charcoal and white linen.
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