Nov 5, 2013

Do's and Don'ts of Fireplaces

Hi friends,

It's getting to be that time of the year. When it's dark at night, the air is chilly, and all I want to do is hibernate. That's right. Curl up in a ball, close my eyes, and sleep until spring. And if that doesn't work, I'll eat my way there. Mmmm...comfort food.

A more constructive way to warm and comfort myself in these dark November days is to snuggle up in front of a crackling wood fire. Oh it would be so nice! I have a very active 'Fabulous Places for Fire' board on Pinterest and today I thought I'd share some deep thoughts on Do's and Don'ts for fireplaces.

First up, DON'T paint brick fireplaces to look like they belong in children's nurseries like this:

DO paint out ugly brick in a neutral color like white or taupe to create a fresh, clean look without spending a lot of cash

DON'T Tile your entire fireplace like this:

DO use simple, stylish tiles (marble is always nice) to accentuate your fireplace like this:

Janice on Life Begins at 30 just shared an amazing fireplace transformation where she removed the ugly tile and added lovely new herringbone marble tile. Check it out here

DON'T use ugly stone (if that's what this even is) to create a 'natural' look like this:

DO use stone to create a crisp modern look like this:
source: Pinterest (I think the site link is incorrect and possibly spam otherwise I'd link directly. If you know the true source please advise - this is lovely and someone should get credit).

Okay - that wraps up today's do's and don'ts. What do you think? Any that I've missed? Or gotten wrong? Please do tell :)

I leave you today with this thought:

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