One more project on our To Do list this month and next at the fixer house is the fireplace. It’s an architectural feature and focal point so we want to get this right.
This one is in a corner position in the family room which is never my favorite location, I do prefer a fireplace that is flush against a wall but I’m not totally opposed to this one especially since just to the right there is a 48” space for a media console below and flat screen above which means I can avoid hanging the TV above the fireplace. Not that it would be bad or wrong, quite the opposite, hanging a TV above the fireplace is a common these days and one of several ways to decorate around a television. I still plan to put some art or a mirror there instead.
There are several issues here, the first is that random niche off to the right side. I apologize for swearing but What The Hell. I don’t understand the rationale of that niche so it’s the first thing to go with a framed sheetrock patch. Before it goes, I may stage some random vignettes on Instagram for fun, I have the perfect empty liquor bottle + fake flower combo in mind. Or perhaps a shrine of thrift store animal figurines.
The boring beige tile is next to be removed followed by a restructuring or rescaping (just made up that word) of the mantel surround. My first idea is involves very clean lines and an extension of the gas line to make it less visible by repositioning it. I like the idea of a box of framed smooth textured wall (inexpensive) for the surround, perhaps with a tile inset, or a stone mantel (way expensive). These ideas caught my eye.
Another look I’m considering is the smooth texture on the vertical sides and a rustic wood for the mantel to add contrast and warmth. We don’t have a raised hearth like these examples so ours would go straight down to the new plank wood tile flooring, but isn’t the contrast of wood and white wonderful?
I know the last thing anyone wants to think about in the middle of summer is a hot roaring fire but come Christmas (and our family reunion!) the mantel will be important so that’s why it’s high on the list of things to fix sooner than later. Thoughts? ..