So besides me, who is LOVING the white brick fireplace trend??!! It is just so clean and fresh, and can be incorporated into almost any home decor style. I love how the subtle texture of the brick blends with the smooth linear lines of the mantel to create a little piece of quiet drama. And since I just happen to be crushing on this white fireplace style, and we just happen to be remodeling our fireplace ANYWAY…….I thought I would share these 30 stunning white brick fireplace ideas and inspirational pictures with you (in case you are on the fence about having it done or doing it diy style). Since I’m loving ALL brick fireplaces right now, I thought I would break these up into 2 posts: white brick fireplaces (Part 1), and unpainted brick fireplaces (Part 2) coming soon.
As you scroll through the pictures, you can tell how different all the styles are: modern farmhouse, coastal, boho chic, modern, cottage, traditional, and more. Each fireplace is also one-of-a-kind……don’t we alll want to say we have something “custom” in our house? LOL!! You can do a ton of different looks with the brick: change the direction of the brick pattern, layer it high or keep it low, use as a fireplace surround or as the entire fireplace, keep straight lines or use arches, etc. Plus if you already have it in your house (& it’s an ugly color because it’s from the 80’s) you change the color by painting it – like…. today!!! WOO-HOO!!
And I just have to give a shout out to the QUEEN of white brick fireplace inspiration…..Joanna Gaines!! Everything she does is magical, and the white brick fireplace is no exception!! Her shiplap and white brick creation is simple perfection, and I love it so much that I am adding it to my house….. even as we speak. I can’t wait to add mine to the mix – making it thirty-ONE white brick fireplaces!!! 😉
***If you are looking for more help on this as a diy project, scroll down to the end of the post for some tutorials. These tutorials are not mine or performed by me, but ones that I recommend for you to try. Hopefully, theses tutorials will help you decide if this is a diy project you can take on, or something that you should hire out.*** So, let’s get rolling….
30 STUNNING WHITE BRICK FIREPLACE IDEAS (PART 1)
Isn’t it great how the color and style of the mantel completely sets the tone and style of the room? It can be painted white for a crisp, clean (modern look), left natural (boho look), stained dark (traditional look), cedar (rustic or modern farmhouse look), hung with corbels (cottage), etc. The mantels can be prominent or subtle, and sometimes there is no mantel at all. The possibilities are endless!! As you scroll through these, you’ll be able to see the differences. And you’ll also begin to lean towards one or 2 distinct styles- right??
White fireplaces are not limited only to the indoors. Continue the fireplace theme onto an attached outdoor patio, a closed-in sunroom, or a detached outdoor kitchen/seating area. It will add texture to smooth surfaces like concrete and tiled floors, and will create a beautiful ambiance for nighttime entertaining. Can’t you just see the kiddos toasting marshmallows for s’mores while the adults sip wine? Oh yeah- I’m there!!!
You can tell how the different shades of white paint colors (on the fireplace) change the mood and feel of the room. The brighter whites create a “cleaner” formal style (below), whereas the softer whites create a more “relaxed’ style (above). The height of the fireplace also changes the feel of the room. Lower ceilings and fireplaces lean toward a more casual style (above) and provide a cozier environment whereas as a taller fireplace adds more drama and sophistication (below) creating a more formal environment. BOTH of these rooms are extremely gorgeous…..it just depends on the look you are going for, and the mood you want to create for your home.
The hearth also plays a huge part in the “feel” of the room. In the picture above, the fireplace does not have a hearth and is set up to provide warmth to the dining room. It doesn’t need to invite guests to sit down and relax, because they are close enough to the fire while they are sitting in the dining chairs. In the picture below, the fireplace does have a hearth and is set up for a place to come and “cozy up” in the larger family room. The hearth is needed here to provide additional seating for larger groups of guests, and to provide an area to come “warm up”, due to the larger sized room. Once again…just depends on the function and style of your room.
Notice the arch in the picture above? I love the softness it creates when compared to all of the linear lines. It also adds an “old world” or authentic look to the fireplace-right? But don’t be fooled….arches can be incorporated into more modern fireplaces too (go back to picture 5). It just depends on what you do to the rest of the fireplace design that changes the style.
Note the position of the fireplace position in all of the rooms pictured also. Some fireplaces are designed to go in the middle of the room, whereas some are off-centered (picture below) or positioned in the corner of a room. Some have bookshelves adjoining them, some have windows, some have walls, and some have open spaces (outdoors or two-sided fireplaces). Each fireplace has it’s own unique look- love this!!
Don’t forget about the inside of the fire box either. The herringbone pattern (above) with the soft or dark yellows hues adds interest and character to a simple fireplace design. Want it to look more subtle, go with the lighter shades of yellow. Want more drama, go with the darker or brighter shades of yellow (like the last picture by Studio-McGee). It also creates a natural focal point, drawing the eye down away from the not-so-attractive TV!!! What will they think of next?
All of these white brick fireplaces (and rooms) are just sooooo stunning!! So, which ones are your favorites? Difficult to choose…I hear ya!! If you would like to learn more about painting your existing fireplace white, read the tutorials below. It’s amazing what some paint can do to transform an out-dated fireplace.
If you have existing brick on your fireplace that you have been wanting to paint white, read the 3 tutorials listed below (just click on the link below the picture). Each of these tutorials gives great advice and tips to help you through the process, and take your worries away. No reason to keep that ugly old fireplace anymore…..especially when painted brick fireplaces are on trend. Painting it will lighten your entire room, giving it a much more modern and fresh look, and will change the entire style of your room. Plus, it will be clean!! Ok- so who’s in?? Try it and let me know how it goes.
Have a Great Weekend!! Love & Hugs – Jael 🙂
Want to learn more about shiplap, and how to add it to your home or fireplace try 41 Shiplap Ideas (Not just for Walls)
Here is my fireplace that they are working on. I’ll post “after” pictures when it is all done and painted!!