30 Ways to Refresh Your Fireplace on Any Budget

A fireplace facelift can take your living space from "whatever" to "wow!" Whether you’re contemplating a full-on renovation or looking for an easy weekend upgrade, get inspired by these ideas that will transform your hearth to the heart of your decor.

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Budget-Friendly: Add a Striking Mantle

This fireplace, seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, has a wooden mantle that brings warm tones into this space and draws attention to the living room's main feature, the fireplace.

Budget-Friendly: Chic Screen

Something as small as a new fireplace screen can really dress-up the look of this important living room feature.

Budget-Friendly: Contrasting Colors

Painting the fireplace surround a complementary shade of slate gray makes it a subtle focal point in this cozy family room.

Budget-Friendly: Eye-Catching Artwork

The abstract artwork over the fireplace draws the eye to the middle of the room and cohesively marries with the other colors seen throughout the space. This is a budget-friendly remodel idea, depending on the price of the artwork, of course.

Budget-Friendly: Reclaimed Rustic

This stunning fireplace was constructed from reclaimed wood, adding a big dose of warmth and drama, while staying true to the rustic, shabby chic style of the room.

Budget- Friendly: Black + White

Keeping things modern and sparse doesn't mean it has to be boring. Here, this chic living room features bright white walls, neutral furnishings, and a sleek fireplace of ebony veneer and matte black granite.

From: Dresner Design

Budget-Friendly: Glossy & Gorgeous

High-gloss red paint finishes off this paneled fireplace, a perfect complement to the floral wallpaper in the room. The shiny finish gives a more luxe, eye-catching look.

From: John Lyle

Mid-Range: Shiplap Surround

This fireplace, seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, has a white shiplap surround that brings pattern and texture into the space.

Mid-Range: Natural Touches

This fireplace's stone surround lends cottage charm to this cozy and inviting living space.

Mid-Range: Salvage Shop Score

Ornately carved wood makes this mantel (found at a salvage store in Dallas) the focal point of a colorful room. Simple travertine tile and hearth keep the focus on the fireplace, and candles in one dramatic shade of red echo accents around the room.

Mid-Range: Statement-Making Tile

This tiny room by Astleford Interiors is big on style, thanks to the fireplace’s tile surround. Note that with a fireplace this fabulous, it’s best to keep the mantel simple and knick-knack free.

Mid-Range: Hola, Hacienda Style

The brightly colored ceramic tiles add flair to this outdoor fireplace by Astleford Interiors.

Mid-Range: Soft & Subtle Patterns

In keeping with the style of this lakefront home, custom mosaic tiles are selected in water-colored tones to develop a look that's subtle, yet clean and modern.

Mid-Range: Shimmering Surround

Iridescent glass tiles in cool modern shades add punch to a neutral space. This was part of a full-blown historical remodel, but for a smaller-scale re-do, a good tile pro can mount tiles on an existing wall.

Mid-Range: Hearth of the Home

Sometimes, a traditional mantel doesn't fit the bill. Here, a raised platform just above floor level provides an adequate display area while keeping the space above the fireplace clean and spare.

Mid-Range: Concrete Results

The concrete fireplace surround brings a contemporary vibe into this loft and brings the focal point to the center of the room.

Mid-Range: Tons of Texture

Stacked porcelain tiles give the look of Lagos Azul while adding terrific texture in a natural, neutral hue. This leaves the pops of color to the accent pillows and other accessories for a very versatile space.

Mid-Range: Cozy With Brick

This large brick pass-through fireplace and exposed wood ceiling beams, add rustic charm to this elegant bedroom.

Mid-Range: Herringbone Happy

Designer Corine Maggio selected this herringbone stone to brighten and visually lift the fireplace area. Without a mantel, the look is clean and inviting, putting the emphasis on the elegant stonework.

Mid-Range: Stylish Stripes

In this master bedroom, a dose of decorative flair is achieved with alternating stripes of silvery gray tiles surrounding the fireplace and beyond. As an added bonus, the vertical stripes accentuate the room's high ceiling.

Mid-Range: Warm Woods

A hardwood fireplace surround in this modern space keeps the look sleek with a natural air. The branch-like fireplace screen captures the aesthetic of the space, pairing up beautifully with the floating mantel, slab coffee table and wooden chair.

Mid-Range: Memorably Mirrored

Tiles of beveled mirror stack up to create a dramatic display above the fireplace, adding texture, interest, and height to this seating area. A mirrored coffee table and metal details on the chairs coordinate beautifully.

Splurge: Marble Magic

It doesn't take much more than a gorgeous, milky marble surround topped off with a gleaming, gilded mirror to create a luxe fireplace moment.

Splurge: Dimensional Panels

No mantel necessary, no artwork required - just pure, three-dimensional style in a wall treatment manufactured by Modular Arts, selected to reference the dogwood tree right outside the windows.

Splurge: Drama for Days

A two-story great room calls for a dramatic floor-to-ceiling fireplace in an alternating stack of black and natural wood. The result is crisp, modern and ever-so inviting.

Splurge: Take It To the Ceiling

The standout fireplace in this living room draws the eye up through this vast and airy space. The stacked wood slots bring a Scandinavian vibe to the space.

Splurge: Contemporary Fireballs

This concrete fireplace has an industrial edge. Differing from the usual fireplace logs, this living room has fireballs. These stone spheres add a contemporary look to the fireplace.

Splurge: Dramatic Patterns

The masterpiece of this living room is its incredible fireplace. Ragged edge yellow stripes stretch across the rust red background. And it pairs nicely with the room's exposed wooden ceiling beams.

Splurge: In the Round

A porthole-like fireplace within a brick surround is a wonderfully unique addition to this cozy screened porch, adding a unique visual element and an inviting warmth to the space.

Splurge: Awesomely Architectural

This large fireplace was created to bring architectural elegance to the space while balancing the scale of the room. Incorporating industrial and rustic materials, including corten steel, rebar rods and angle iron, the result is impressive and surprisingly airy.