Fireplace renovations can help create ambiance, define a space, and provide a cozy atmosphere for any living room, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Even better, a fireplace renovation acts as a visually stunning centerpiece with little investment required. It’s extremely affordable and fast to upgrade your fireplace—and optimize the room where it’s located. These 5 tips will help you complete your fireplace makeover to create a stylish, cozy hearth.
Design a Media and Entertainment Wall above Your Fireplace
Many homeowners may want to change the entire look of the fireplace wall and make plans to create a new focal point. This allows you the opportunity to create an entire wall with built-in shelves, cabinets, and a media center. Bookshelves and mantels can frame a fireplace to draw the eye to this central area of the living room. Enjoy the warmth of the fireplace alongside casual entertainment.
This redefines the fireplace renovation into a larger project: to enhance and elevate your living room into an inviting space for entertaining, relaxing, and unwinding after a long day.
Choose Between Wood Burning and Gas Options
The ease and convenience of a gas fireplace can make it an attractive option for many homeowners. At the same time, some prefer the distinct charm and coziness that a wood-burning fireplace offers. Both choices have their advantages and downsides, and ultimately the choice is often a personal preference.
Consult with a local builder to explore the best option for your space and make the right fuel source choice for your fireplace renovations. An additional consideration when you opt for a wood-burning fireplace is that you need to keep a space for storing dry wood—either inside your home or in a covered area outside.
Balance Focal Points to Create an Inviting Atmosphere
If you choose to mount your television above or next to your fireplace, it’s essential to balance the focal point and maintain equilibrium. During the planning process, you are often standing when evaluating your space, but consider that the typical seated height of most couches is around eighteen inches if you are going to wall mount your TV above the fireplace.
Some homeowners prefer keeping the television and fireplace separate. Still, depending on your space, it might make the most sense to integrate them on the same wall to create a defined, centralized entertainment area.
Enhance Your Living Room with a Striking Aesthetic
A fireplace renovation is one of the most effective ways to distinguish your living room’s aesthetic. You can choose from rustic or contemporary options to craft a unique atmosphere and create the fireplace makeover of your dreams.
During the renovation process, you can also change the surrounding area and build a hearth that combines your existing design features with new elements, like wood paneling or new window frames.
Blend Materials to Elevate Your Space
When you decide to renovate your fireplace, you get the opportunity to choose what materials frame the hearth. Options include stone, stucco, plaster, and other trim options.
By blending natural materials, textures, and colors, you can elevate your living rooms’ aesthetic. Your fireplace’s fuel source can drive your decision-making process when choosing your finishes, as wood-burning fireplaces can stain certain materials. Consult with your builder on the best material for your project.
Styles and trends have evolved for fireplaces, and it’s essential to work with a professional team to design and construct the perfect fireplace to elevate your living room and create a stylish, cozy, and functional space.
Let Eakman Construction be your trusted partner when you decide to renovate your fireplace. Contact us now to explore your fireplace renovation options and transform your living room.