Summer is the time that most people like to do DIY on the outside of their home because the weather provides that opportunity. We also love to do a bit of gardening, as a country. This is why garden centres are upping their game, according to headlines, to keep customer interest. They have to, as the supermarkets do all they can to get us to spend money on garden DIY products from them instead. Whilst the rush for the best barbeques and blow up hot tubs goes on around you, and if the outside of your home is actually in good condition, you might want to turn your attention to DIY matters inside the home instead.
Sure, the weather beckons you outside to paint the shed again or trim the hedges, but soon enough the weather will be turning colder and a certain part of your home will be a central focus again. That central focus, is your fireplace. That dusty area that holds a nice vase of flowers, or a couple of floral scented candles for half the year, while it is much too hot to ‘get cosy’. But soon enough, you will want to curl up in front of the crackling fire with a glass or mug of hot something with something equally comforting and inviting on the TV or radio. Do you really want to spend weeks, or even months fixing up the fireplace and missing those warm, memorable nights in getting it all nice again, when you could easily get it ready in the warmer months?
Here are our top tips for fireplace renovation, so come autumn/winter, you are totally ready for a complete coze-fest:
Is Your Fireplace Safe?
The first thing you need to consider is whether or not your fireplace is safe. If it isn’t safe, you can’t use it or worse, you might use it and be at risk of fire hazards or carbon monoxide poisoning. There are 4000 chimney related incidents in the UK every year, and there is plenty you can do to avoid being part of that statistic this year and protect your family.
You will want to:
- Check the outside of the chimney is safe, in tact and free from damage or debris
- Check the inside of the chimney to check it all works as it should
- Check around the fireplace to make sure nothing is cracked or damage
You should consult a more detailed guide on checking your fireplace is safe, or you could consult a professional to check it over. If you are in any doubt about its condition or safety at all, an inspection is a good idea. Alternatively, if you can identify the problem, speak to a chimney sweep or Edinburgh Stonemasons so they can rectify the problem for you quickly and professionally.
Does Your Fireplace Need Updating?
Fireplaces look beautiful most of the time, but sometimes if they are looking a little tired, they can bring down the look of the whole room they are in. If this is the case, you might want to give it a little bit of an update with a simple change or two. Here are some suggestions for how you could update your fireplace:
- Add glass doors – Fully metal doors can look nice but they can detract from the charm of the flickering flames. Glass doors can be a really nice addition to a fireplace, and a very easy way to bring some more theatre to this centrepiece.
- Shape up your firebox – Fireboxes can become a little worse for wear after being used for years. This can make the fireplace a little unattractive, and maybe even a little unstable too. This article about firebox repairs is a great place to start if you are unsure what needs fixing, and how to fix it.
- Add a mantlepiece – Mantelpieces create an extra feature on top of an already great feature, and somewhere beautiful to place candles and other decorations. There are some really cool mantels available via reclamation yards that can be lovingly reused or restored to make your fireplace unique.
- Add tiles – Tiles can transform any fireplace. Art tiles, contrast grouting, vintage tiles, brick-look tiles – there are endless options for you to get creative with. This inspiration article about tile fireplaces is a really great place to start searching for your dream tile fireplace look.
Maybe You Just Need Some Small Changes…
It may be that your fire works great, it looks great, but it is just lacking a little aesthetic POP and you want to enhance it with some quick and easy changes. Here are some easy ideas to enhance your fireplace look without calling in the chimney sweep:
- Candles – Adding geometric candles will instantly bring your fireplace on trend, or perhaps some pastel candles for a splash of colour could be what you need. Candles are a cheap and effective way to make any fireplace look beautiful.
- A wood basket – The right wood basket or store next to the fire will add a practical aesthetic that creates a purpose and more visual interest. Wicker baskets are traditional but they never look out of place and they cost next to nothing from a carboot too.
- Fireplace accessories – Your accessory set could be the key to modernising your fireplace and making it look lovely again. Copper has been the metal of choice for years, but brass is in now, and a brass accessory set will be an instant update for your cosy centrepiece.
- A gorgeous rug – A rug isn’t strictly in or around the fireplace but somehow, it is always a part of the fireplace experience. Choose a luxurious rug you would love to cosy up on in front of the fire over autumn and winter. The best part about buying them in the warmer months; they are cheaper because nobody else is buying them!
Need more tips on decorating your fireplace? This YouTube video has some really easy and simple tips.
For me, there’s nothing better than curling up in my favorite blanket on a cloudy or rainy day and just knit. Especially in front of the fireplace. – Magdalena Neuner
Most of the summer, we hope you spend your time enjoying the (hopefully) great weather in your garden, and making some lovely memories in the fresh air with friends and family. However, just a little time investment into features you will use heavily in winter, like your fireplace, will mean you get instant cosiness the moment the temperature drops and the nights close in.