A mantel surround encases the fireplace along the sides and top to inject color and visual appeal.

A creamy white mantel can provide a stark contrast and modern update against red brick.

Next, clean the bricks with a solution of vinegar mixed with warm water.

Attach a mantel shelf or surround to your red brick fireplace to add a decorative update.

Position a mantel shelf a few feet above your fireplace's firebox and affix it to the brick with concrete screws.

Spritz with clear water to rinse and blot dry with a clean cloth.

Apply a fresh coat of paint to your red brick fireplace to provide a new look.

actually just painted a brick look, instead of actually painting bricks, but the look would still work painting actual bricks. Another option is to buy concrete stain and using your paintbrush, brush on a stain color over the bricks.

This can help bring the color back to life with old bricks.

Blackened soot, ashes and dust particles can accumulate on the exterior and interior spaces of a fireplace, making the bricks look old and dirty.

Use a medium 120-grit sandpaper to lightly sand any loose pieces of mortar or crumbling brick on your fireplace.

Here are different painting styles to upgrade brick easily.

You can just pick a color and paint it with a solid color with a brush.

Light-colored paint tends to make a fireplace stand out and look larger.