Need fireplace help!
jemslie0115
July 10, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I am trying to figure out what to do with the spaces on either side of my fireplace. There will be a TV going above (there's no place else to put it!) but, I was thinking about built-ins and possibly windows on both sides because the room needs some natural light. For built-ins, I was thinking white cabinets on the bottom and then some shelving going up a few feet over the mantle. Any ideas re: size/shape of windows and/or built-ins would be appreciated! I'm having trouble visualizing! Thank you!
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charleee
I think the built-ins are a great idea but I wonder about the glare from the windows - will it make the TV harder to watch?
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Brenda
What's the view like out that side? -- I think full length trapezoid windows would be amazing in the space.

For a more traditional approach, something like this maybe ...
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Brenda
not trapezoid shaped, but an example of full glass panels flanking a fireplace

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jemslie0115
Brenda - I love the idea of full length!! It would be looking at the neighbor's house with some trees in between so, I wouldn't be opposed to the view. Thanks so much for your input!!
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KShoa
If you can do windows, definitely better than built ins.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/katshoa
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decoenthusiaste
How about installing a pair of these trapezoids on either side up by the ceiling for light? Then add your built-ins below for the best of both worlds?

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jangable
I am grappling with same project, but the problem is that I do not want to place the TV above the fireplace. Need ideas on maintaining symmetry in built-ins if the TV is to one side.
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Brown Bros. Masonry
I think you're on the right track with white storage on both sides. I wouldn't touch the fireplace. Love the red brick with the white mantle. Very traditional and very easy to blend in with all sorts of styles/décor.
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chemayne
Agree to white bookcases But I am not sure windows above bookcases will lighten up the room. And you don't have to put the tv over the fireplace. Have bookshelves on the bottom half and adjustable shelving above it for the tv and other knick knacks.
Rethink wall colour, changing your ceiling light, adding side tables and lamps and a beautiful mirror over the sofa.
The chimney wall is arresting! It needs some eye catching art work.
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