For an easy fireplace upgrade you can do yourself, take a (web)page from Terri Klemm. The design pro and blogger transformed her dark and dated fireplace into something bright and beautiful by whitewashing the brick. Here’s how: White paint with an eggshell finish was brushed on in small sections, and then wiped down with rags to remove most of the paint. (She did two coats like this, to achieve the lightness she was looking for). For a finishing touch, she sanded over all the bricks with a medium grit sanding sponge. This brought touches of the original color through and gave her the rich texture she felt was missing after the whitewashing.
This light and bright living room features a pair of neutral sofas accented with colorful green and blue pillows. A neutral stone table sits at the center and atop a sisal rug, while a lantern chandelier hangs above. A whitewashed fireplace with a dark brown wood mantel adds an eye-catching touch.
The real show piece in the new living room is the newly designed but old-world inspired fireplace. The surround was built out using vintage bricks and covered in white mortar for a whitewashed and textured finish that makes it look as if it had been there for generations.
This living room features a whitewashed fireplace with a dark wood mantle. White ceramic vases sit on top of the mantle, while a mirror hangs above. A natural wood coffee table and sisal area rug are positioned in front of a tan sofa with colorful pillows. A wrought iron chandelier provides a finishing touch.
Debbie Talianko placed color and accents strategically around the room to highlight a coastal theme. The distressed mirror creates a focal point on the whitewashed fireplace, while two armchairs with striped pillows are part of a foursome that complete the conversation area.
A black ventless gas fireplace was made more dramatic with a whitewashed porcelain tile façade in a brick pattern that spans from the floor almost all the way to the ceiling for a clean and modern look. A flat-screen TV with art mode that allows viewing of beautiful works of art placed above the fireplace has a customizable walnut frame that adheres with magnets and helps the TV blend with the rest of the room's decor.
This rustic neutral kitchen is charming with whitewashed exposed beams, a pro-grade gas range and checkerboard floor. A long trestle table, placed in front of the fireplace, provides ample seating for entertaining.
The room's soft color palette allows the structural elements to stand out. A large brick pass-through fireplace and exposed wood ceiling beams add rustic charm to this elegant bedroom. A sparkling gold chandelier adds a touch of glam to the whitewashed wood bed with muted blue bedding.
Clean and modern sconces add a contemporary note to the whitewashed brick fireplace, while a palm frond adds a touch of greenery to the wood mantel. A pair of modern hot pink armchairs are accented by chrome and flank a glam side table.
Board and batten paneling gets a modern update with a coat of blue paint. Black rockers lined up on the front porch give off a classic Southern vibe. The whitewashed stone fireplace creates a cozy outdoor sitting area next to the grilling station.
A beamed and vaulted living room decorated by Georgia designer Sally Draughon features a stone fireplace, double gold chandeliers, a monochromatic palette, provincial furniture with a whitewash and accessories such as glass obelisks on the mantel. The home served as the 2017 Design House for the Historic Macon Foundation.
Exposed wood beams, an ornate chandelier and artwork give this space an open, airy feel. A stone and wood mantel and fireplace bring warmth, while bold, colorful throw pillows add visual interest to the room. Minimal window treatments paired with multiple windows bring in plenty of natural light, complementing the neutral color scheme of the painted tongue-and-groove ceiling. Ornate, traditional furniture provides a nice contrast to the mix of modern and formal seating throughout the area.