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Modern Fireplace Makeover

modern-fireplace-makeoverParties this time of year are often filled with holiday cheer, impressive seasonal decorations, and families huddled around the fireplace. Make your fireplace the center of attention this year with an exquisite modern fireplace that will leave your guests in awe.

So, how can you impress your family and friends with a fireplace? We’re glad you asked. Here, we’re sharing how to modernize your fireplace in four easy steps, including:
  1. Selecting the right stone for your home
  2. Thinking outside of the box
  3. Incorporating unique trim
  4. Dressing up your mantel
A modern fireplace makeover has never been easier.

1. Select the right stone for your home

The first step in impressing your guests with a unique fireplace is to pick out the perfect stone to match your home.
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Picking the right stone for you will be no problem with help from Imperial Wholesale. Our Elite service offers some of the best custom stone from around the world guaranteed to make any space look beautiful. A few of the materials we offer include:
  • Travertine
  • Marble
  • Porcelain tile
  • Rustica stone
So, which stone is calling your name? Travertine from beautiful Tuscany? Italian porcelain from the Teatro Comunale Theatre in Italy? Perhaps reclaimed stone from 500-year-old homes in Jerusalem? Or how about marble from the Basilica de Santa Maria in Guadalupe? With our Elite service, we’ll go as far as the Sahara Desert to bring you Rustica stone.

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Each stone carries a different personality and can change the feel of any room. So, when picking out material for your new fireplace, think about what tone you want to set for your home.


If you’re looking to incorporate a sleek, yet modern, look try out travertine or marble. Italian porcelain can add a funky feel while stone will add a rustic touch to your home.


In the past, most people associated marble with kitchen or bathroom countertops. But now, we’re seeing marble everywhere in the home. Bring a modern, yet dramatic, effect to your living space with a marble fireplace.

Porcelain tile

There are many uses for porcelain tile. For example, it’s durable, easy to maintain, and can look like other materials such as wood or metals. Fool your guests with porcelain tile.

Rustica stone

Rustica stone is a material that’s typically used for exterior decor. But, while Rustica stone looks beautiful outside of the home, we also recommend using it inside for your fireplace. This will help bring elements of nature inside, giving your home a natural, organic feel.

2. Think outside of the box

A new fireplace will act as the centerpiece for your room. Creating a new centerpiece for your space should be a fun experience, so why not think outside of the box? To do so, we recommend using materials and textures you have never thought about using before.

Some of our favorite out-of-the-box materials include:
  • Steel
  • Concrete
  • Copper
  • Wood
  • Textured tile
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Why stick to just one material throughout your entire fireplace? Rather, switch it up and make it unique. Mix and match stones and materials to create a modern, yet eclectic, feel for your home. For example, a few materials and stones that work well together include copper and Rustica stone or wood and steel.

Metals and wood

An incentive of incorporating metals and wood into your new fireplace, is that metals and wood are a top trend for the home. Staying on top of the current trends will not only keep your home looking up to date, but will also increase the value of your home.

Textured tile

If you’re wanting your fireplace to be a work of art, consider using textured tile. Textured tile can make any fireplace stand out and will wow your guests.

A Royal View

When it comes to materials and textures, the possibilities are endless, so don’t feel confined to using just one material or one style. Instead, take the time to think outside of the box.

3. Incorporate unique trim

Do you love your mantel the way it already is and don’t feel like renovating your entire fireplace? There’s no need to. Create a whole new feel to your already existing fireplace just by incorporating new trim.

Boston Town House

For a subtle change, class up any room with gold or silver trim. For more of a dramatic change, try porcelain-tile trim for a pop of color. There are countless color variations and styles you can incorporate with porcelain tile.

Imperial Wholesale offers a wide variety of porcelain tile and varies in shapes, sizes, and colors.

4. Dress it up

Once you’re satisfied with your new, modern fireplace, don’t forget to dress up your mantel for the holidays.

Christmas Decorating
Keep it simple with traditional stockings hung on the mantel, or add some sparkle and greenery to create a winter wonderland. No matter what direction you go with for your holiday decorations, your guests will certainly be impressed.

What’s next?

When first beginning any home improvement task, it can seem very overwhelming and daunting. But thankfully, at Imperial Wholesale, we’re here to help you from the beginning and all the way to end.

Still unsure of what you’re looking for? For more inspiration, take a peek at our design gallery to see what projects we’ve done in the past.