But not all fireplaces, hearths, and surrounds are so pretty to look at. In many homes, the fireplace goes from a defining architectural detail to a major element holding a home back style-wise. So many fireplaces are outdated, in disrepair, or just plain blah.
If your fireplace is guilty as charged, check out Better Homes and Gardens Magazine’s before and after fireplaces feature for some great inspiration. Faux stacked stone is a great, inexpensive DIY project and it’s easier than you may think! So before you try once again to temporarily disguise your fireplace behind Christmas stockings and garland again, find your fireplace design style and consider these tips for a mantel makeover.