What to put on Fireplace
pazzam
May 3, 2013 in Design Dilemma
This room is a grand kitchen/dining. We wanted the area Cathedral so it is about 25ft h. I'm thinking something grand on this fireplace but there's alot going on in here so not sure. The dining Table and chairs will be switched out eventually. Any ideas?
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Margo
A very large round clock with Roman numerals. Check Ballards on line.
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pazzam
Thx but I don't want time to be a focal point of the room.
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Margo
What do you want to be the focal point? Personally, I think leaving it the way it is makes a grand statement!
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groveraxle
My first choice is always art or an artifact. This room has both: a fabulous piece of art and and antique door on the wall:
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nasmijati
I actually like the fireplace the way it is decorated now. As you say, there is a lot going on (architecturally) in the space. I do not think additional decoration is needed.
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pazzam
Perhaps a large mirror
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Brenda
I would put a few carefully selected, transistional white "things" on the mantel to POP off the stone and to tie it into the kitchen, but I wouldn't hang anything ON the stone.

Love the architecture of your home.
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Margo
Funny- almost posted a long rectangular mirror to reflect the light from the chandy, it would take a lot of searching for the right one or it could look gaudy.
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pazzam
I did think about tying in some white. Thx
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leelee
Have you considered putting the stone over the whole wall including the top of the cabinets? The chandelier over your dining table should be no more than 30-36" over the table.

Your home is lovely, absolutely gorgeous! I think a beautiful painting over the mantel would add interest, color and personality to the space. You could add a table runner and a bowl of lemons to your table. Here are some ideas for a painting.
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carolins
Something like this on the fireplace mantle would look nice. And one day you could paint the back wall in a shade similar to your kitchen island. Also, if you could lower the chandelier... Can't say by how much, but I do think it will look even better when it's lower down in the room. Beautiful kitchen!
http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod2480186&categoryId=cat2360174
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carolins
@leelee, love those paintings!
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Ann
I like carolins idea of the Restoration Hardware pieces (either 3 or 5) and nothing else on the hearth or stone wall. Beautiful space!
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kimdee24
@leelee -- you need to stop posting that bird picture because every time I see it I want to run over to PB and buy it!
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Genevieve
Yes paint the wall just like in the picture this will make the fireplace blend in . hang small or oa large piece of art on the vertical , http://www.allposters.ca/gallery.asp?startat=/getPoster.asp&frameSku=4129400_9201947-350495
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decoenthusiaste
I'm not one to advise mirrors, but if you lower that great chandelier and put just the right mirror over the mantel it will double the beauty of it and that's what mirrors should do. Keep the mirror in scale with the kitchen cabinetry on the right and don't feel that the entire width of the chandy has to be reflected. You might consider tweaking the mantel itself. I would go with glossy black so it picks up on the counter tops, or if you like a more modern pop, try a stainless look. Not sure you can make use of products from the "Instant Granite" company over wood, but they have a stainless "wrap" that might do the trick. The brown of the current dining set and mantel just seem off from the rest and especially the silvery gray tones of the chandy. When lowering it and buying a new dining set, keep in mind that a general rule of thumb is to have the chandy be 1/2 the width of the table, so 1/4 of the sides of the dining surface are out from under the fixture. This way people dining don't feel like something is hanging over their heads. Since your chandy is already so large, you can break this "rule" by hanging it above the standard over the table height of 36" or less. Consider stationary panels hung floor to ceiling that coordinate with the fabric on the new dining chairs you purchase.
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nasmijati
I agree with the above suggestions to lower the chandelier to the correct height for your space/table.
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leelee
kimdee, girl, go get it.
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kimdee24
Too much cash!
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leelee
Hi pazzam, if you would consider adding two slipcovered chairs on the ends of your dining table that would give it more weight and break up the sameness of the chairs. You could go with arms or not.
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leelee
It's almost Mother's Day, treat yourself!
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Old World Stoneworks
I think the fireplace stone is too heavy for the room. Too dark. You could take the stone off - its not hard to do more than likely it is the thin stick on type, not thick masonry. A lighter colored mantel for your firebox would look great, even one with an overmantel. The overmantel does not have to go to the ceiling. Without overmantel and just the lower mantel would look wonderful. Look at options on www.oldworldstoneworks.
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I would try a long rectangular canvas to the right of the fireplace on the mantel, painted in colors that compliment the cream and grey of the room (a canvas with black, off white and silver tones would work easily). To the left of the fireplace I would put either cream ceramic accessories (grouped in 3), or otherwise a grouping of three silver accessories would work seamlessly too. Good luck!
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pazzam
I'm glad to hear from you as I am trying to stage this for sale. So I don't want to remove or replace the fireplace rather than make it more attractive. Will try grouping 3 accessories. Would you suggest leaning the Canvas or hanging?
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leelee
I would make the fireplace the focal point and not dilute it's importance or visual impact. I love the look of the stone and the mantel with it.
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sstarr
I find the chandelier, the fireplace and the kitchen to all be at odds with each other, style-wise. To bring the elements together, I would lower the chandelier by about two feet, paint the end wall a very dark color, and replace or repaint the mantel a similar dark color. In this way, the white cabinets will pop and have a kind of luxury-hip vibe that will harmonize with the chandelier. At that point, your fireplace will blend in, and you can put anything you want on the mantel. However, I think you should stay with either white or silver objects there.
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decoenthusiaste
Nice! Why didn't you say so? We'd look at it totally differently if we had known you were staging. We could have cut to the chase! I'm sure a lot of comments won't apply now. To sell it quick, make it say "home."
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modesigns
Your dining/kitchen is stunning with the tall stone column! I have a suggestion which should enhance the stone work & mantel. Try adding a square black pot with lime green grass - make it a threesome to further its architectural appeal. And the vase on the island - replace it with a rectangular chrome/silver container with moss balls or something to continue the lime green effect on the kitchen side. The lime green will stand out beautifully against the grey/black/brown backdrop.
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leelee
Looks perfect to put on the market...why would you spend any money when nothing's really broken? Your home will show well and you can't second guess what a prospective buyer will want to change or keep. Don't paint anything. Fresh flowers all over.
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pitbulls
Tall silver vases
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pazzam
Leelee, I love the art you've shown. Where to get somthing like that? Yes the chanelier isn't placed low enough. That's an easy and sure to be fix. I really love the ideas of contrasting that back wall to a darker paint/matching with Island color. Originally we were to incorporate the stone throughout the back wall and continue with a smaller (same family stone) for the back splash. I love the idea of painting it. That's an easy fix! Thx
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carolins
Okay... with decoenthusiaste's idea of 'make it say home' in mind, you could put this on the mantle. Done! http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Birds-on-a-Wire-Home-Posters_i8217863_.htm
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I think an aged mirror...something from Restoration hardware or art-something to fit that belgium like feel of your kitchen cabinetry but also marry well with the modern chandelier and clean lines of the fireplace.
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pazzam
That's where the conceptual design originally was to go. Modern with some old. My original idea of placing the mirror was to catch the light reflection (once I lower this darn chandy). I was also thinking Restoration. Can you input on that Carolins? Thx
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carolins
Haha... oh, okay... right... mirror over fireplace...
Picked one from RH, probably not to scale in this mock-up below, but it gives you an idea.
I like the idea of a mirror reflecting the chandelier.
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donnasd
Hi Pazam,

I think if you already own either a large mirror OR an equally large & beautiful painting, you could choose one of those to use above the fireplace. You wouldn't have to put more money in than is necessary for a successful staging. Just carefully prop the item on the mantel up against the stone.
Do you have something now that might work?
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modesigns
A tall object d'art against the stone wall takes away from the rugged beauty of the stone. Moreover the chandelier will lose itself once a mirror is placed at the back. Maybe a medium-sized starburst or similar mirror placed just above the mantel would work.
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Louisa Borowick
I agree with the idea of a mirror over the fp but select an oval or round one to break up all the linear elements.
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I think, a square art piece would keep the eye within the human scale of the room. B&W piece may work, as may a more colorful one. I don't think a mirror adds much interest to the space, sorry.... Raisa Into The Night I by Ben and Raisa Gertsberg - canvas art, art print, giclee Multicolored Fractured Reality by Ben and Raisa Gertsberg - canvas art, art prin
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But .... Your area is much mor contemporary . A large star burst mirror would be better :)
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soozmacrae
I think you should leave the wall as it is. its fab. I would most definately lower the lovely light though. As said before, a select group of white bowls of vases on mantle would look good.
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Art! That's what the mantel needs. Leelee had some good ideas.
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marissah. liadan
A very large piece of colorful abstract art
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Happy others agree that you should have an art piece! :) Check out our page for a variety of colorful art.

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laurae1967
We are selling our house and had it professionally staged. Buyers want a fabulous kitchen and master bed/bath. If you pick the right paint color it could look great and help unify the two spaces.

For me, the spaces don't not feel unified. The kitchen is black and white and looks traditional/transitional. The fireplace is gray and feels modern and the chandelier is glam! The dining table is warm wood and traditional in style. It just doesn't work together. I think a black wrought iron chandelier would look better but you are unlikely to change what you have so i would just hang it lower. I think a large art canvas would look nice on the mantel but not so high as to reach the height the cabinets. The cabinets and mantel are so high/vertical and whatever you put on the mantel should break it up. The artwork would need to complement the kitchen, new paint color and dining room furniture. I also don't like the vase of flowers on the table. Find a more attractive display (large wood bowl or wrought iron tiered baskets with fruit, etc.)
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pitbulls
I love that chandelier with your beautiflul fireplace.I wouldn' change anything except to lower the chandelier as stated several times.
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pazzam
I don't like the vase either. Was a temp plug in. I was looking for something on their. thx for the suggestions. The chandelier will be lowered 2ft, it's enough attention, especially when it's lit. I tried putting an existing simple canvas up on the fireplace and it was just way too much going on. I'm now swayed on a mirro, it will become too much. I think I like Carolins idea of grouping a few objects in white simple. Definitely paint the wall darker, or the gray/blue of the island?
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carolins
I think that painting the wall the colour of the island will be a good, safe choice. It will give a cohesive look, it is a beautiful colour and it is not too dark.
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pazzam
Thx!
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carolins
forgot to add: 'fingers crossed' ;-)
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Nancy Travisinteriors
Can you lower light about 3 feet? That would help. Put very tall candlesticks maybe tall thin vases in a color. Would like to see a more modern table. Maybe black. With fabric chairs in a white and gray/black print. Chandelier. Very glam, needs a better table. Love the kitchen and firepl.
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Nancy Travisinteriors
Also a area rug make sure all furn can fit on it, in shades of black. Would warm up the room.
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Nancy Travisinteriors
Also try a very tall 5 ft high mirror with silver framewould bring in depth.
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pazzam
Right....
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pazzam
re. carolins "fingers"crossed.
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pazzam
Can't lower Chandy more than 2ft... its big, 25bulb. Too much heat .
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pazzam
Perhaps a floor plant about 6ft on the left side of this fireplace.
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Chrissy McCleery
Make mantle higher. Remove light fixture, replace with more traditional iron piece. Hand much lower above table. Also, maybe 2 pendants hanging in kitchen above bar
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Pamela W. interiors
If a mirror would reflect something nice, I would suggest a contemporary one to mimic the chandelier. Centered.
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indianpatti
Really like this room! I would go with a tall, hammered brushed nickel mirror .. would reflect light, work with the wood floors, the chandelier and also tie in the appliances. I"ve attached one from Dania ... of course, hang it vertically.
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Karen Glassford
Maybe a grouping of frameless mirrors on each side of fireplace
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decoenthusiaste
You can rent furniture for staging in some metropolitan areas if you need to.
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pazzam
Just wondering, since when did a "Maria Theresa" chandelier become contemporary? All lighting stores called it a very "Traditional" fixture. The different spin is the color. Yes, an iron fixture would have blended right in, however the goal here was to create a sense of seperation between the kitchen and dining. ( which I didn't discuss anywhere prior), yet tying that feel together. I think going with suggestions of painting that back wall and changing table and chairs will work. (Renting is a great and available option) Thanks for all the great ideas! Will post the after pics.!
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