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Refacing Your Fireplace for a Fresh New Look

great looking wood fireplace in galena A hearth area is one of a home’s central hubs.  People gather around a fireplace to socialize, watch TV, eat and relax.  If your hearth area has lost its appeal or never really looked the way you wish it did, you have a variety of refacing and amenity options to enhance the beauty of your hearth and give your fireplace a fresh, new look.  Here are a few:

The warmth of paneling

If wood is your thing, consider putting up some handsome paneling around your fireplace for a lovely ambience.  Paneling looks good in the hearth area of most homes, particularly those with hardwood floors and other paneling throughout.

Adding tile

It’s easy to use tile for a refacing job.  You’ll find many interesting tile shapes, sizes and colors to bring any kind of mood you choose to your room.

A stone surround

Placing prefab stone panels over existing brick is easy, and you won’t believe the warmth that results.  Select stone colors, shapes and textures to blend in with your current décor.  Go out and up as far as you like from your fireplace for a truly personalized appearance.

Go with granite

Granite tiles are a great way to add sophistication to your hearth area.  They’re fire-resistant and come in many shades and sizes.  Granite is a great choice if you have other areas in your home with this material.

Look to the ceiling

A very dramatic décor can be achieved by building your facing material all the way to the ceiling.  Whether it’s stones, paneling, granite or tile, a floor-to-ceiling design adds a distinctive look to any room.

Don’t forget the mantel

Remember that mantels are replaceable.  If you have one now that’s out-of-date or out-of-shape, a new one will add perfect taste to your room.  If you have no mantel, check out the wide range of sizes, styles and finishes to complete your new hearth area.


With any facing material you choose, you can build in areas for a television or a complete entertainment center to produce a cohesive appearance.  You also can add recessed shelving in which can go portraits, flowers, antiques or anything else you like.

If you add it, they will sit

chimney specialists inc stone and hearth fireplaceMoving away from the hearth, consider your seating arrangements.  A fireplace refacing project is the ideal time to add some additional seating or a brand new style of seating.  Find sofas, recliners, chairs and the like that blend with your new fireplace-area design.

The most important thing to remember is, you’re never stuck with your current hearth design.  And best of all, it’s not that hard to totally transform your room in the ways we’ve described here.  So make some plans, decide exactly what you want and get to work!

If you need help with your decisions or finding the right items, Chimney Specialists of Highland WI is ready to answer your questions and get you what you need.  We carry many fireplace accessories, and if we don’t have it, we can order it for you.  Stop in and see us at 869 Main St., or reach us by phone at (608) 929-4887.

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