Take a cue from your plates to come up with a shape for your grouping. Here, four oblong platters form a larger oblong shape that nicely spans the width of a fireplace.
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Plaster. Common in the American Southwest, plaster (very similar to a textured drywall) fireplace surrounds are traditional in design but oh so cozy. I love dining room fireplaces!Design idea: Eliminating a protruding hearth on a fireplace in the dining room can free up much-needed floor space.More: See more fireplaces | 10 Ideas for a Fireplace Facelift