HELP with fireplace wall!
July 22, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We want to totally redo this wall. Fireplace stays. Need to put flat screen tv either above fireplace or possibly build in shelving/bookcases to left of fireplace. Ideas need for mantle etc
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I like the idea of a low cabinet to the left of the fireplace with a new, larger TV hung on the wall above it. I also think you need to clean up the lines of the fireplace where far too many things are happening. The cabinet door needs to go away and there should be one mantel, not two.

The photo below may be too contemporary for you, but I like its simplicity. I would build a wall straight up to the ceiling and then add a 5" stainless steel box mantel that wraps around the two sides of the FP.
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID

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I agree with putting a wall up above the fire place but maybe starting from the second mantel to cover the built-in box at the top. I would then keep the bottom mantel and place a flat screen above the mantel leaving enough space to place small but few decor. You do not want to overwhelm the area if you are placing book shelves. I would place a family photo or the sign that you have in the existing "built-in box". If you do go for the book shelve there are two ways. Floor to bottom shelves but do not fill the shelves to the max- will make area very cluttered and overwhelming. Or put in floating shelves different sizes. I would recommend white shelves.
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Thanks for your suggestions. It gives me another idea for some positive changes!
0 Likes   July 22, 2013 at 9:44AM
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I really like your idea. I need to send a full front picture as we have a vaulted two story wood ceiling on this wall. If I carried the sheetrock up to the ceiling, I would have a huge empty space that would need something, not sure what that would be. The cabinet door on the side (which I hated) was for the TV controls as originally my husband wanted the TV above the fireplace, but I have him talked out of that.

Sorry I don't have a full front view, but will send when I can get back and take a picture next weekend (it is a 2nd home on the lake)

The chrome around the fireplace is a little modern but perhaps I could do a different material. I'm really think it would look better to not have any mantle though. I think it might look funny if you don't wrap it around the corner, what do you think.
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
The mantel could certainly be of a different material than SS, such as you see in the photo below, in which case you could match the wood on your ceiling. Or you could choose to have no mantel at all.

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Thanks for the ideas. Appreciate the input!
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