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This living room gets added drama with a white back-painted glass mantel and fireplace surround that replaced a traditional paneled fireplace. The glass-and-metal mantel is kept sleek thanks to minimal accessories. The key here is to vary the height of the accessories to keep the eye moving along the space.
Sofa: "Belle," Jayson Home & Garden; coffee table: Worlds Away
Work with what you have. This space was designed by the incredible Antonio Martins as a part of a remodel. Rather than deal with an expensive, time-consuming demolition, Martins commissioned Scott Adkins of Redwood City, California's Profab Metal Design. Adkins situated a new steel fireplace surround over the brick hearth, which helped save time and money.
Don't be afraid to take risks and revamp existing design elements to get a look you love.
A gray and purple color scheme and bold but sleek design elements, such as the large concrete fireplace, make this room elegant and comfortable. The fireplace also serves as a room divider.
Fireplace: Spark Fires; fireplace surround: Concreteworks Studio
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This statement-making fireplace was custom designed and fabricated by Concretework's Mark Rogero. The steel-and-concrete fireplace reflects light from the 36 hanging Bocci pendants in the neighboring dining room, and the flickering glow from the fire provides warm illumination.
Let the fireplace create ambiance. Install inexpensive dimmers to overhead lights. When the fire is lit, dim the lights to let the room glow.
We adore this home, designed by Berkeley, California, architect David Wilson. This custom fireplace, like so many of our favorites, was made by Concreteworks, a fabrication and design firm in Oakland, California. The rustic sensibility of the hearth balances the more streamlined elements throughout the rest of the open living space.
Sometimes all you need to transform a space is a fresh coat of white paint. Designer Melissa Palazzo of the Newport Beach design firm PAL + SMITH is known for her stellar use of color. By painting the fireplace surround a bright white, she kept the space feeling bright and cheerful but not overwhelming.
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