It’s always fun to find inexpensive ways to update your home. This can happen regularly regardless of your budget. Marie, our interior decorator for Main Line Haven, loves helping clients find inexpensive ways to freshen up, lighten up and brighten up their living space. One of our favorite easy updates is painting a brick fireplace.
Around the Main Line, fireplaces are a staple of most homes. Although I can appreciate the beauty of brick, many of these fireplaces tend to feel a little dated. I often talk with buyers and sellers who are nervous about painting the brick. I say to go for it! This can be one of the easiest ways to update the look and feel of a room. The added bonus is that it’s an inexpensive fix.
If you’re nervous about getting rid of the feel of the brick, consider a simple white wash. This will keep a little of the brick showing but will give your fireplace a more farmhouse modern feel. I did this at my house when we renovated our family room and I’m happy with the result. This is a relatively easy project and something that you DIY. Tip: Use 1/2 white paint and 1/2 water mixed together. Wipe on paint mixture to brick. Have a second dry rag ready and wipe off extra solution to make the whitewash lighter or darker depending on the look you want to attain.
Here is the before and after of a fireplace Marie helped update for a recent Mainline client.
The white on white trend is really popular right now. A white painted fireplace with white moldings and white walls is a classic look that never gets old. This look is having a huge moment and it’s easy to see why from this photo below.
By keeping the mantle wood, this look below has a more rustic feel.
If you want something a little more sleek, consider painting your brick fireplace black.
Don’t forget those outdoor spaces. I’m loving the look of this painted brick outdoor fireplace. I’ve been seeing more and more painted brick outdoor living areas on Instagram and Pinterest.
And for those looking to change up the exterior look of a home. There is nothing more classic than a white painted brick colonial home.
What do you think? Are you feeling more confident to paint the brick? Show us your painted brick in our Facebook Group or tag us on Instagram. Need help with a decorating project, contact us at email@example.com.