Fireplace transformations

4 ways to turn your fireplace into a showstopper

Tile
Photo by Lisa Romerian

Tile

Portland designers Pamela Hill and Lois MacKenzie (modernbeachhouse.com) lifted this once-dark river-rock fireplace into the modern day with textured white tile.

Get the look: Custom-made Heath Oval tile in chalk white with matte finish, $77/square foot; heathceramics.com.

DIY level: Not recommended; DIY tile laying can look sloppy. Hire a pro.

Cost: High. For the fireplace shown, the tile was $4,800 plus $2,000 for labor/installation; but, in small doses, it's a great place to splurge.

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