Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to Style Your Fireplace At Home

Here in upstate New York where Hodorowski Homes is located, old man winter has certainly made his appearance and with temperatures lately in the single digits, he doesn’t appear to be leaving anytime soon. With the weather being as cold as it is here, there’s little motivation to go outside. One of the ways we like to beat the cold temperatures is to cozy up inside with a hot cup in front of the fireplace. Since our fireplaces get the most use and attention during the winter, it’s the best time of year to update and re-style the surround and hearth. Here are our top three DIY suggestions for updating and styling your fireplace from the simplest to the most in depth. 

Paint the red brick white: A lot of older construction houses were built with that all too familiar red brick fireplace. If your home has a brick fireplace, the easiest way to modernize your family room is to paint over the brick in white paint. A great example of transforming a room with a simple coat of paint on a brick fireplace is what this homeowner and blogger did. She gives step by step instructions, and great tips on types of paint and tools to use. We love how the paint transforms her living room! 

Photo credit: Project Home: Fireplace Makeover
Update your mantel: If your home has a white mantel, and you’re looking to do a mini makeover, a great way to add length and depth to your fireplace is extending it with wood planks and finishing it all with a darker gray paint. This blogger and homeowner really nailed it with this DIY fireplace makeover. Head over to her blog to get the step by step guide on how to do it!
Photo credit: Wood Plank Mantel Makeover
Add built-ins: The last suggestion for updating and styling your fireplace comes from one of our Hodorowski Homes custom homeowners. We are so happy to share with you Laura Tarlo’s newly updated shiplap style fireplace with custom built-ins which she features on her website. Of course we are a bit biased because we built her house, but really how could you not love what she did?  You have to head over to her blog to see this beautiful transformation.  Laura takes you through the process, which includes hiring a master carpenter, giving practical tips as well as sharing her Pinterest inspirational board for her vision. The final outcome turned out beautiful. For more interior design tips, check out Laura’s blog
Photo Credit: The Unique Nest
Photo Credit: The Unique Nest
Photo Credit: The Unique Nest

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