You are anxiously awaiting the arrival of your extended family as holiday smells and music swirl around your kitchen. As you sip on a glass of wine, you are excited to show off your new living room addition, which you just bought new furniture for and decorated for the holidays. After the family begins to arrive and hugs are exchanged in the foyer, you steer them into your living room for the grand tour and bask in the 'oohs' and 'ahhhs' as you describe the ins and outs of your recent remodel. Then, in a quiet admission only you can make out, you hear your mother-in-law say, 'That fireplace is gorgeous.'
This small triumph is what remodeling is all about. Transforming your home to impress your mother-in-law.... OR it could just be that rewarding feeling you have when your project is completed, and able to be shared with friends and family. With the holidays approaching, what better time to start thinking about a remodel? For living rooms, there is no better place to start than the main focal point of your room-- the fireplace. When choosing the kind of fireplace you want in your living room, keep in mind the many different styles available to you. Below are a few examples to spark your inspiration.
Keep it Simple
Sometimes it's the little changes that go the farthest. Simply painting your battered brick hearth or accenting the mantel with textured wood can add a lot to the appearance of your fireplace. If you aren't in the market for something too flashy, these fireplaces are great inspiration.
Make it Modern
An easy way to grab attention is to do something a little different. Going for a more modern look will keep your hearth looking sleek and stylish, and make a lasting impression on your guests. And while not all things modern are created equal, there is a wide range of possibilities when it comes to keeping your fireplace current.
Surrender to the Stone
Stone and fireplaces go together like peanut butter and jelly. This classic look is great when you want to be a little indulgent in your design. What's more impressive than a ceiling to floor stone hearth? This is just the thing to get your guests jaws' to drop.
When all else fails, go with your gut. If you are interested in a unique style that isn't as trendy or common, why not give it a shot? Keeping your own taste and personality in your home decor is a great way to set your living room apart. These unique fireplaces worked on all levels and added some flair (pun intended) to the home.
If you are interested in a home remodel or would like to learn more information about Moss Building & Design, contact us today! All of our renovations come with an 'ooh' and 'awe' guarantee!
* Photos not labeled 'MOSS original' were featured in this Better Homes and Gardens before and after gallery.