The fireplace is often the focal point of a room, and you can see by the before photo of my fireplace at the bottom of the page that the original fireplace was anything but a focal point. It was super dated and was screaming at me for a makeover! So naturally, I obliged.
Our living area has an open concept, something that many families really enjoy, however for me, open floor plans have one big problem. They lack coziness and tend to look very busy, which is a pet peeve of mine. This issue was something I was able to address in my D.I.Y. fireplace project, and I’m so happy I did. It made a world of difference!
I started by painting the wall a striking color, (I chose Naval by Sherwin Williams). By doing this, I was able to frame out the white mantle, header and legs. This made it pop in the room and draw the eye right where I wanted it to go. For the tile I chose Lapis Cosmo tile by Winchester Tile Company from Missouri Tile. It was a very high-end tile, but because I was tiling such a small area, the overall cost was pretty affordable! You do want to make sure you get a tile that can withstand heat. Most tile is heat resistant, but you want to check with your retailer to confirm the tile you want can go around a fireplace.