Home is Where the Hearth is

Nothing says “home” quite like a cozy fire in a fireplace. This functional feature can easily double as a statement piece in a house if done right, but if left neglected, well, you and (potential buyers) might not like what it’s saying.

Fortunately, sprucing up the hearth doesn’t take that much time or money. It’s essentially as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Reface the fireplace.
Give your fireplace a facelift by refinishing the front. This can be an easy process—simply repaint the existing brick or give the current stone a thorough cleaning—or a little more dramatic—cover the front with glass or marble tile. Add a bold new mantle and a pretty screen, and your fireplace is transformed into a beautiful work of art.

2. Decorate the mantel.
Speaking of art, the mantel is a natural space for showcasing your personal art, from beautiful paintings to professional family photos to an elegant antique clock.  By making the fireplace the focal point of the room, the elements with which you adorn it will really set the tone.

3. Light My Fire.
Of course, you’ll want to illuminate your new fireplace and the art/photos around it, so why not install track lighting that overlooks the mantle or modern recessed light fixtures.

For more inspiration, check out these homes that make a statement with their dramatic fireplaces:

1025 Westview St., Philadelphia
1025 Westview St PhiladelphiaThis Anglo/Norman manor house on the border of Fairmount Park has eight unique fireplaces.
Price: $2,275,000
Bedrooms: 8
Bathrooms: 8 full, 2 half
MLS: 6027073


401 Pine St., Philadelphia
401 Pine Street Philadelphia PAThis historical landmark property is in Society Hill and includes three working fireplaces.
Price: $1,295,000
Bedrooms: 3
BBathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
MLS: 6111277