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Fireplace Update Ideas

Michelle Davidson
February 21, 2019
last modified: February 21, 2019

I am trying to update a 20yr old home and just completed this updated firework. My dilemma is as follows -

1. Should I put some base cabinets or leave the space on either side of fireplace as such. I like the open area (the black walls are 27" deep behind the stone accent wall, so lots of room opens up).

2. How do I accentuate the dark walls with some complimentary artwork without turning my living space into an art gallery!

I will appreciate your thoughts and suggestions!

Many thanks,


Comments (16)

  • PRO
    PRM Custom Builders

    Looks great.

    We have a few custom fireplaces with cabinets and ideas that may help. Feel free to check them out. https://www.houzz.com/projects/users/prmcustombuilders

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  • susan49417

    TV is WAY too high.

  • arcy_gw

    Wow in 20 years a permanent fixture like a fireplace can be outdated?!! I do not understand rooms with a TV buy no seating placed so one would watch the TV. LOL the "usual" is shelving and built-ins so this will be interesting to follow.

  • daneejela

    I think your fireplace looks beautiful!

    I would not rush with anything, take your time..I don't think it needs much.

    I would first try to add some simple additions, like bright artwork that pops or cool sconces, a plant, maybe an accent chairs if there is place for it.

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  • Michelle Davidson
    Thank you all for your thoughts! Agree that the TV is too high, esp with the mantle gone. I do have fiddle leaf fig for accent that I took out for the picture. Was thinking of putting two accent chairs on the near end of the carpet, not the end next to the fireplace.
  • Michelle Davidson
    We watch TV once every few months, so TV being high hasn't caused a pain in the neck.
  • PRO
    OTM Designs & Remodeling Inc.

    Looks great! Custom cabinets on the side of the fireplace will be great!

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  • tqtqtbw

    It looks beautiful. Colorful art with lots of white like the photo shopped example is very nice. Are the original cabinets still there. I can't tell in the pictures. I like base cabinets, either built-ins or in the form of matching free-standing cabinets/buffets.

    Can you reach the coffee table from the sofas?

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  • Michelle Davidson
    Thank you for your comments. The current two sofas will give to a leather sectional. That provides seating for watching TV and better reach to the coffee table. plus would open up the entire left wall which has huge windows overlooking rolling hills and tall trees.
  • jbtanyderi
    That looks like the usual TV-above-the-fireplace problem. Lower the screen to SEATED EYE LEVEL, and have it os a sing arm. Otherwise, get ready to pay the chiropractor/physiotherapist on a very regular basis.
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  • PRO
    Manhattan Home Design

    I'd go with the second choice, rather than the cabinets. I'd also do neither but that's up more to your tastes and needs. Other than that, you've done a fantastic job! It looks amazing! Let us know if there's anything we can do to help you!

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  • keith Dcil

    Beautiful renovation. I would not block the new black walls with built-ins. I would add matching open console tables on either side of fireplace (brass or nickel) and matching modern tabletop lamps. I would also place framed family pictures and nick-nacks on the new table tops to warm the space a little. For console tables look at Restoration Hardware's greydon shagreen, thaddeus forged or torano marble console tables. For table lamps look at Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams marco buffet, olivia table or mila table lamps. I would also lower the TV because there is too much blank space between the firebox and the tv - I would try to have an equal amount of blank space above and below TV.

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  • Michelle Davidson
    Thank you Keith, moving the TV to a halfway point is a great idea from a balance standpoint, even if I don't watch TV.
  • PRO
    Stecki Construction

    Beautiful update! I think two side tables on each side of the fireplace would look great! However, the cabinets would give you more storage!

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  • PRO
    Lion Windows and Doors

    A couple of color-blocked pieces of abstract art on either side would look beautiful!

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