Step back and look at your fireplace objectively. Is it dated? In rooms that have fireplaces, the fireplace is normally the focal point of the room so ask yourself "Is my fireplace a good focal point?"

If your fireplace has dated brick paint it….please! I know it is scary.

I know you may like it the way it is and if you aren't selling then great….keep the dated brick. But if you are selling, or if you want to update the look of your home, PAINT IT!

It makes such a difference to the overall look of your fireplace and your room.

Some who have dated brick think they need to rip it out or cover it with tile or stone. You don't have to go to all that work to update it.

It is relatively easy to paint brick and once it is painted it is easier to repaint to change the color. White or soft white is always a classic look for a fireplaces and here is an example of a room that I suggested the brick be painted.

The room was so dark (we painted the paneling too) and the mantel and beams looked like they needed to be ripped out as they looked dated too.






But the mantle and beams weren't the problem!

Rustic chic is very in style right now and that is exactly what the mantle and beams were but you couldn't tell that due to the brick. By painting the brick white it gave it a clean and modern look which people love. The buyers thought so too as it sold very quickly.


Look at that mantel and those ceiling beams now! Stunning!







So please….I know it is scary but please paint your dated brick. Especially that red/orange brick. I think you will be happy you did!

A professional Home Stager or Designer will be able to help you make those tough decisions including color selection.




Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer








About Shar Sitter

Shar is an award winning Designer and Home Stager and the owner of 'Rooms With Style' and the 'Certified Staging and Redesign Acadamy.' She has been in the design industry for over 25 years and her background includes studies in Interior Design as well as Horticulture to assist with your home’s curb appeal. Shar has a talent for taking simple things; placing them in their best light and making them shine. Another Sharlene from North Dakota, Shar and Sharlene knew they were destined to work together when they first met! She has been blogging here and helping bring out the best in the homes of Sharlene's sellers since 2011.

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