How do you modernize an old fireplace?

We don’t lie to each other, having your fireplace at home in times of the energy crisis and skyrocketing heating costs is a big argument. Abandoned or in use, the fireplace is a decorative argument and of great comfort that deserves special attention when trying to recover its meaning within the decor. How do you transform an old stone fireplace? How to restore an old marble fireplace? Or just how to upgrade an old fireplace? The answers are as numerous as the different styles of decoration. Since the fireplace does not escape the rules of interior decoration, its presence can support decorative touches, request contrasts or be an opportunity to give a touch of originality to the heart of the room!

A coat of paint for the mantel, zelliges for the heart of the counter, small decoration for the shelf or modern mirrors for the top of the fireplace… Find out how to modernize an old fireplace with our most beautiful inspirations!

Modernize a fireplace with a large library

How do you turn an old fireplace into a modern one? Answer in one picture: This large bright living room where the old fireplace dominates, completely reworked by a large elegant white mantle, but above all surrounded by a large library, an ingenious mix of open white wooden cabinets and closed white cabinets. A decor that is as harmonious as it is contemporary!

Create a contrast to a library with an old built-in fireplace

Modernity is guaranteed for this marble fireplace that disappears with delicacy in the pile of blue shelves of this majestic bookcase made by the 10surdix agency. A texture that pervades an entire section of the wall with its muted and elegant colour (“Midnight” by Sarah Lavoine for Resource), responding brilliantly to Osborne & Little’s leopard wallpaper “Pantanal”. An effective combination that gives the fireplace corner a discreet wood holder. Absolutely modern!

Place a modern mirror over an old fireplace

The valorization of the old white marble fireplace consisted here in the choice of decorative pieces with black accents, to emphasize a play of black and white contrasts, very trendy in Parisian homes, within this extremely elegant decor. Antique vases from the 1940s sit on the mantel and an imposing black mirror breaks the codes of the classic mantel mirror.


Tags: decorations, fireplace, fireplace decor, home decor, interior design, living room, living room decor

Author: Renata Kralevska


A passionate female writer, I specialize in articles about architecture and home interiors. I love sharing insights and inspiration to help readers create beautiful and functional living spaces.


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