This neutral transitional living room takes a turn for the unexpected by placing decorations in and around the fireplace. Candles fill the fireplace while a mirror on the wall hangs in place of a television.
The white brick fireplace gets lots of rustic charm and textural interest from the unfinished wood mantel. In front of the window, a sheer curtain allows for privacy while still letting in natural light.
This renovated estate-size home features intriguing roof lines, tall windows and Gothic arch details. From the clean-lined kitchen to the chic and elegant carriage house, not a detail has been missed. White brick retaining walls step up to the grand front entry.
In the renovation of the apartment, designers uncovered exposed brick buried under 6 inches of stucco. Painted white, the brick lightens up the loft and is a bold contrast to the blackened steel elements.
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines updated this double-sided fireplace by painting the brick bright white and adding a modern wood mantel. The adjacent dining area features floating wood shelves and a chalkboard wall for a cafe-like atmosphere.
The brick fireplace and its chimney are large and, left in the original red, might feel imposing and out of date. But painted white, they look clean and contemporary and become an ideal backdrop for fun details like the lantern pendants.