Decorating & Furniture/Blocked fireplace

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I bought a really old house where the fireplaces are bricked up and not useable. The one in the living room has sheetrock over it and I am not sure what is behind it.  I now have a beautiful hunter green mantle and a cast iron fireplace screen with a huge white boring and unattractive white square where the opening to the mantle should be.  Any ideas on how to make it more appealing???  Artificial brick? paint? Thanks

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Thanks for the question Trisha.  You can either paint it some other color other than white (too much contrast) and/or paint it using a faux treatment.  You could even paint it black lacquer!  Artificial brick scares me a little, and it's harder to change than paint.  

In front of the newly painted surface, add some candles or purchase a candle insert for fireplaces and fill that with light color candles.  Even though it isn't "in" there, it will (with a dark background) give the illusion you're looking for.

Regards,
Jenny

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