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Laura Heynike: Make a hot statement with your fireplace
The humble villa fireplace can date a decor dramatically but here are a few hot tips to restyle it to a contemporary hub.
With keen snow bunnies celebrating the beginning of winter and hitting the slopes, you will find me nestled right next to my cozy fireplace amongst an army of backlogged laundry eagerly drying.
But how does an understated and old inbuilt fireplace become the heart of your space?
The humble villa fireplace can date an interiors’ decor dramatically, but there are a few hot tips to restyle it to a contemporary hub.
The hearth, which is the main surrounding material, is the biggest design feature that will make the most difference if updated.
An underwhelming fireplace may have a hearth that is too small and topped with a mantle to match which doesn’t command attention in the space; not to mention the TV that is mounted way too high above!
I would suggest building out the hearth to a substantial proportion to your space.
If you have white walls, this could be black to create a contrast, a heat resistant engineered stone like Laminam or a tile in colouring of your choice.
The hearth could stop at the mantle for a heritage look, finish it off with new mantle insert such as macrocarpa.
Or for a more contemporary feel, build out the hearth and extend right up to the ceiling.
I quite like the idea of a built out cladded feature with integrated storage either offset on one side or a symmetrical surround depending on the balance of your space. Perfect for stacked wood, family photos or sculptural decor items. The fireplace itself may need a little bit of love.
If just updating, you could consider re-coating the front panels.
If you are looking for a quick refresh and already have existing stonework, consider painting or staining the brick hearth to your desired colour. Otherwise visit your local fireplace expert to talk through the options if you need to replace your exisiting burner. Make sure you undertake adequate research with consent obligations and professional installation.
”The hearth, which is the main surrounding material, is the biggest design feature that will make the most difference if updated.”