Fireplace update --- need ideas (surround vs. mantle vs. built-ins)???
January 8, 2014
We just moved into our new house and its a blank slate in need of numerous personal touches. The fireplace has a custom stone front, but is bland. Trying to decide how to make it over and give it more of a focal presence in the room. The stone front is an odd not sure if building a surround would look good?
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Liza Jane Interiors
Kater...hello. I would remove the stone altogether and install something that is not as wide and that perhaps goes all the way up to the ceiling or if you want something more traditional, then remove stone and add mantel surround. I agree with you that the proportions are wrong.
    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 12:33PM
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Jason Streck
This really depends on if you want to keep your current fireplace or not. If you like the stone, then you might be stuck with it's height and colors (unless you paint the stone) and will have to work around it. If you don't mind removing/replacing/covering it, then the sky's the limit, literally.

Without knowing your desires about the current fireplace, I like the idea of covering it and using a different material like stacked stone or tile and I would build it out to go to the ceiling. If you want a focal point, take it to the ceiling (especially in a 2-story room like yours) would make a HUGE statement. You can do a simple mantle at normal height with a weathered 4x4 post or something like that to bring in some simple warmth but will look great with stacked stone and your current color palette.

With the fact the current fireplace is wider than the opening between your windows, you could either taper the additional height with a straight taper (second section would just be stood on top of the current section) or adding a sloped taper. The other option would be to cut the width of the current base down to be the width you want all the way up.

Just my initial thoughts.

Few different ideas and styles
    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 12:35PM
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    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 3:14PM
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I think I'd get a nice, beefy reclaimed wood mantel for it at the right height. Then, remove the extra stone that is too high above the mantel. A good sheetrock person can patch, repair, texture and paint and you'll never noticed it was patched.
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I would not take the fireplace to the ceiling. Area is too small for that massive look and the windows would not work with that either. A wood mantle at a lower height would look good and add a focal point to that area. You could take out the extra stone or put the mantle on the stone at the proper height.
    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 8:54PM
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Hi Kater. Would you consider something like this?

The picture is Three Palms Oasis by Carol Leigh, on It may not be to your taste, but I'm posting it separately because I think it's rather lovely and the colours are perfect with the stone.

If the fireplace were mine I'd find a way to keep the stone, but probably risk faux painting that single black stone, which attracts way too much attention to itself.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 12:24AM
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I think extending the stone on either side would help to give width to this narrow room. I would take some stone down from the top, and add a beefy wood mantle.
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Homescapes Europa Ltd
You can probably extend it towards the wall for a prominent effect. Something like the image below.
    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 1:58AM
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Sustainable Dwellings
I would get a heavy mantle. You have a cute space to work with there, you won't need to over-do it.
    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 2:33AM
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I think a mantle is the easiest solution -- it would break up the huge expanse of stone. Why not tape some paper or cardboard up there to give you an idea of how it might look?
    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 2:43AM
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