In some cases, opening up a fireplace could involve little more than prising off a sheet of old hardboard to reveal a hidden gem. But even if you don’t find a long-forgotten marble masterpiece behind, there’s still plenty you can do to create a captivating focal point. Opening up a fireplace has to be one of the best ways to add character, charm and value to a period property — after all, an open fire is high on many people’s wish lists.

‘Flowers and foliage, a huge mirror and your favourite ceramics always work,’ says Sally. Groupings of three always work well, as do different heights and textures. Saying that, work in plenty of candles and even a string of fairy lights for cosy nights.’ Ambient light is essential for a cosy living room idea.

We offer a supply and fit service, this can be used to supply the surrounds or only fit these. We can supply surrounds that accomodate freestanding stoves, cassette fires or open fires. These come in a range of materials including limestone, slate, granite and conglomerates and can also be produced in various designs.

Ideas for exposed brick fireplaces that might inspire you during this process. If you’re feeling a little stuck creatively, we’ve put together some inspiring fireplace makeover ideas together to help you come up with the design of your dreams. Wood fire surrounds are also incredibly popular as they are so versatile, and most importantly, can be very budget-friendly. From chunky oak surrounds, to rustic beams and sleek pine, there are so many different ways to update your fireplace with a new wood fire surround.

Of course, nothing beats the warm glow of a sizable flame, which is why we suggest exploring alternatives to old woodburning flames as your first point of call when renovating your old fireplace. As well as producing a safe flame, this new generation of fireplaces comes in a variety of astoundingly slick styles that blend in seamlessly with contemporary, minimalist interiors. Fortunately, there are still ways you can enjoy the cosy atmosphere of a traditional fireplace without having to put yourself or your family at risk. A laundry corner has three pull-out bins for darks, whites and delicates with hanging space above it for clothes to dry or be aired out to wear again. Black accented furnishings are teamed with pops of Kelly green, as well as red and hot pink, which set the stage for the rest of this level.

You can paint the brick, change up the mantel design, extend the mantel to the ceiling, add some fresh home decor elements, or all of the above. An exposed brick chimney breast is a popular decorative fireplace style right now. It demands attention, adds texture and lends itself well to not only rustic but modern schemes as it gives a nod to the industrial trend. Turn a simple hole in the wall into a stunning feature that reflects the style of your property.

Allison Hepworth of House of Hepworths couldn’t stand another day of looking at her peach-colored “wall of bricks,” as she puts it. Evolution of StyleThis stylish fireplace has manufactured veneer stone running from the hearth up the chimney, culminating at the ceiling. It gives the home a more natural look that befits the home’s friendly, organic style. Kaleidoscope LivingEven though it was just your standard-issue, innocent red brick fireplace, to home and design blogger Tasha from Kaleidoscope Living it felt like a sad relic of the 1980s.

With many of these fireplace makeovers, the homeowners aim to correct the mistakes of previous owners. In the end, this moderately easy, creative project is one that you will love to do. Both children got updated teen bedrooms with full size beds and desks. ‘They needed to each keep the orange Tibetan rugs in their rooms but could otherwise build new color schemes around them.

More commonly it will have been completely removed and the opening either boarded or bricked up. We recommend using a number of differently sized objects to create a sense of balance. Start by selecting a large object to act as the focal point such as beautiful artwork, a mirror, or a wall-mounted television. You can then place two slightly smaller objects on either side of the centrepiece such as vases or sculptures.

A blocked flue can divert smoke and fumes into adjoining rooms or adjacent flues. Smoke leakage and fumes may cause drowsiness, and there are potentially very serious dangers from breathing inpoisonous fumesand from the risk of fire. Gas or oil-fired appliances are particularly prone to producing deadly, odourlesscarbon monoxide, too.