With the arrival of fall, many of us are looking forward to cool nights gathered around the fire with friends and family. But some are also wishing their tired brick fireplaces were a little more stylish before hosting get-togethers in the coming months. If that sounds like you, replacing old brick with new stone veneer could be the answer.
How Does Stone Veneer Compare to Other Interior Design Options?
Painting your brick fireplace is always an option, but it may not achieve the impact you hope for. Your freshly painted fireplace will still be void of any real depth and may even lose some of its richer qualities after it is painted with a monochrome color.
On the other hand, nothing elevates a room quite like the look of stone. It adds style, unmatched depth and a certain refinement with its rich hues and textures. If you are looking for a wow-factor without all the stress and uncertainty of a renovation, stone veneer will not disappoint. It offers one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to truly transform an old brick fireplace.
So, What is Stone Veneer?
Stone veneer is man-made, but many products still consist of natural materials. This is what helps them imitate the characteristics and rich variations of natural stone so effectively. Aside from aesthetic benefits, stone veneer is thin and relatively lightweight — yet, extremely durable — making for easy installation and lasting performance.
It can be helpful to think of stone veneer as a thick tile — it is not a structural element. Instead, stone veneer acts as a wall covering, laid on top of existing brick and other surfaces. Without any demolition, it is one of the easiest ways to update your home and add some value.
Especially considering today’s rising costs, stone veneer is becoming an increasingly attractive option for homeowners who are conscious of the bottom line. If you have been thinking about updates but wondering whether you can swing it, check out our other blog post, “How to Reduce Home Remodeling Costs Using Stone Veneer” for helpful tips and ideas.
Is Stone Veneer Just a Trend?
With a seemingly endless selection of sizes, shapes and hues, more interior designers and homeowners alike are using stone veneer to customize fireplaces and other interior spaces to exact specifications. Whatever your style — traditional, modern or anything in between — it is nearly impossible not to find a product you love from our selection of stone veneer.
That is not to say this is a passing trend. Stone veneer’s soaring popularity in recent years goes hand in hand with its increasingly realistic appearance. Not long ago, it was all too easy to spot manufactured materials. Today, however, stone veneers are nearly indecipherable from their natural counterparts.
Just like stone itself, stone veneer delivers the same warmth and character that people have admired for centuries. While many trends are fleeting, stone is one of the most proven and time-tested design choices to adorn fireplaces and other interior spaces.
Before any home improvement project, it is a good idea to consider how your choices will age and whether they are worth the investment. Stone veneer has rightfully earned a place on the list of timeless interior design choices and at a fraction of the cost of most genuine materials, it is almost always money well spent.
Let Complete Home Concepts Help You Create Your Dream Fireplace
We are all gearing up for cooler months, and there is no better time to get your fireplace in shape. As the meeting spot and focal point for so many of us this season, your fireplace should be somewhere you love spending time… and love showing off. Let Complete Home Concepts help. Our skilled craftsmen have been installing stone veneer for more than three decades, and our selection of materials is second to none in Kansas City.
Come into our showroom to discuss your fireplace with the experts and check out your options in person. Between our Model Stone, Coronado and Semco collections, you are sure to find the look to fit your fireplace, style and budget.
Contact us or visit our showroom to begin creating your dream fireplace today.
For even more design ideas, check out another recent blog “Interior Design: How to Incorporate Stone Veneer in Home Decorating.”