With winter on its way and shorter days and longer nights on the horizon, nothing warms the soul from the wintery weather more than snuggling up in front of an open fire.

Fireplaces are a central household feature and offer focus for interior decoration. If the fireplace is a little dull there are easy ways to update it to get it ready for the cold season.

Traditional fireplaces can be revamped entirely by removing or replacing the wood mantel – but one of the easiest ways to restore and restyle a fireplace is with a coat of paint.

Painting with Dulux Design Stone and Suede paints offers an easy and inexpensive way to give a fireplace a beautiful point of difference and add character to a room. Dulux Design Stone paint brings extra depth and dimension, while Dulux Design Suede paint creates a stylish matte finish which echoes the look of suede.

Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour Planning and Communication Manager, said “the best colours for fireplaces include Dulux Design Stone ‘Weathered Rock’ and ‘Rocky Dam’ and Dulux Design Suede ‘Eco Chic’ and ‘Brazilian Bean’. However there is also a great range of colours in the Dulux Design range to suit all personal tastes.

Dulux Design Stone and Suede paint finishes not only look fantastic, they are also great for hiding surface imperfections.

Painting tips are available on the Dulux website.