Renovated Fireplace Adds Value?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775

This is a tale of two fireplaces and what color the wall should be! Original Fireplace Contemporary

These are before and after pictures from my recent fireplace renovation.  We love rustic and warm styles and the fireplace we had was fairly contemporary and modern.  It was white tiles with some gray and black touches.   We decided to try some of the cultured stone products that are fairly popular right now.  We got our inspiration from a Panera store, believe or not...a realtor that finds their inspiration from a restaurant rather than any one of the 300 houses she sees every year!





Renovated Fireplace


This is the new renovated fireplace which I think does add earthy rustic tones to the family room.  We eventually changed out the gray carpet to a golden short shag and next we need to get darker furniture.  We have the light leather now.



What do you think of the fireplace renovation and what color should the walls be?



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Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX


I like your new fireplace and the color of the wall.  I love Cindy from Indy (so clever).

Jan 09, 2009 07:56 AM #1
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

I love it!  (BTW, my oldest sons living room is Panera colored :-)   I would use a lighter shade of the brown for the walls - make the stone pop out!

Jan 09, 2009 07:57 AM #2
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Cindy ~ Love the way the fireplace turned out!  What other colors do you have going on in the room (i.e. artwork, are all the walls currently the same color, furniture, carpet, etc.)? Right now the stone looks like it blends in with the wall color in the picture.  Do you want that subtlety or more color impact?  Also, you need to take into consideration the colors you actually like (and the other members of your family as well).  Or, what colors do you all dislike, and eliminate from there.

Jan 09, 2009 09:31 AM #3
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Thanks Brenda and Kris! 

Hi Kathy, there are some burgundy and yellows in the home and pillows, not any artwork to speak of though.  I would like more impact and I like warm colors.  Let me know if you have ideas for me.

Jan 09, 2009 10:07 AM #4
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Looks amazing, I like red but I know it is not for everyone.

Jan 09, 2009 12:11 PM #5
Robert Schwabe
EXP Realty - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Cindy -What a difference the stone makes. I really like the way it looks.

Jan 09, 2009 12:43 PM #6
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Lot of buyers like fireplaces -- especially if they work well and don't have problems.

Jan 09, 2009 03:18 PM #7
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Cindy, the new one has such style. Looks great.

Jan 09, 2009 05:13 PM #8
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Cindy ~ I went into the Benjamin Moore website (to the area where you can pick a room and play with color).  They had a living room with some stone that looked similar to yours.  I was originally thinking a warm golden yellow (from what you said above), but based on the way the colors were showing on my monitor, I didn't like the way it looked with the stone (the colors that had too much yellow).  They did have gold colors that seemed to work, but they come across as looking beige on my monitor.   A "safe" way to choose would be to pick a color that is in the stone work.

Jan 10, 2009 01:39 AM #9
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Missy, I love red too; I forgot I have that in my kitchen and dining room!

Kathy, I'll wander over there and see what works.

Jan 10, 2009 07:21 AM #10
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174

Cindy - The fireplace is fabulous, regardless of the wall color. I'm more a nuetral warm person and love the color it is now.

Jan 10, 2009 08:32 AM #11
Charles Wood
Brite Ideas Home Staging & Redesign - Sacramento, CA

Cindy... great reno on the fireplace.. i love the transformation.  I would recommend a lighter color on the walls as it seems dark with the woodwork and new stone.  Also think about a beautiful artful mirror above the fireplace, and fireplace candlesticks...  Make it a focal point.. and lose the photgraphs and small decor on the shelf that distract  it from being a nice focal point.

Jan 10, 2009 01:23 PM #12
Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA
I think it looks great!  Give yourself a big pat on the back for a job well done...I rather like the look on the walls now...

Lori Cofer Pullman WA

Lori Cofer, Beasley Realty

Jan 10, 2009 03:57 PM #13
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Cindy, it looks wonderful. I agree with Kathy P, the walls should be a lighter color but one that is in the stone.  Even if you went a couple shades lighter with the color that's there now it would really pop.

Jan 11, 2009 01:24 AM #14
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

Beautifully done with the fireplace!  What a difference, you're right, it really warms up the room.  I would go with a warmer brown on the walls, with some gold tones in it. 

Jan 25, 2009 12:42 PM #15
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