Post # 1
Ladies, your suggestions on my previous post about improving the exterior of our new house were amazingly helpful so I come to you again for suggestions about the interior.
This is the family room/living room of the house, (there isn’t a formal living room so this will be our entertaining and living space).
That wall of rock on the fireplace will come down as soon as we get the keys. But after that I have no idea what to do with the fireplace, how to remodel it and how to deal with the fact that the firebox is actually elevated off the ground, (there’s a ledge there).
I’m open to any ideas you ladies have about how to remodel the fireplace area. My style is sort of transitional, (updated classic). I like classic, and airy looks with some more contemporary and glam pieces mixed in. I want the space to be comfortable for everyday hanging out but also nice enough for entertaining.
Also, that picture is taken with the current occupant’s furniture/accessories. All of that will be going and the room will be getting painted. Floor is wood.
Any other suggestions on what to do with this living/family room are very much welcome!
Thanks in advance ladies!
Post # 3
you know, I kinda like the rock fireplace but I am a rustic look kinda girl though. If it were me, I would just add a huge piece of driftwood (or similar) for a mantle.
But if you want something a bit more modern, stacked stone looks really nice. What is the general feel of your couches? That makes a huge difference.
Post # 4
In wall fireplaces are very contemporary. I would knock off the ledge and cover the wall with slate tiles, sheet metal or brushed aluminum
Post # 5
I always gravitate towards shapes like this for fireplaces:
Post # 6
@panterapeach: yeah part of me sort of likes the retro 60s look for the kitch of it. But I just don’t think I can live with it everyday. I’m definitely not a rustic girl.
We have this couch right now. There is a chair and ottoman that goes with it as well. But we’re hoping to get new couches in the near future so I wouldn’t necessarily base everything off of this.
Post # 7
Depending on how much work/money you are putting into it there are lots of options. The easiest and cheapest would be to mount a mantle. Depending on the style it could really change the look of the fireplace.
Post # 8
My fireplace pinterest board for our new home. 🙂
I would love to recreate this look at our new home but I don’t think it will be possible.
Post # 9
@linguo42: I love this!!! But if you’re on a budget, I would just paint the rock part something that contrasts your wall color, and position your furniture around that corner, and make it your focal point and put the TV on the other wall in that same corner so neither is ever blocked and they can both be enjoyed…plus painting it will be a quick fix until you figure out what it is that you want…if money is of no concern, I would turn it into a corner fireplace, like one of the first two on this page;http://arhdecoration.com/corner-fireplace-design-ideas/
Post # 10
@Meowkers: I have a very similar fireplace, even the raised base (just no ledge) and unfortunately for our its not that simple to just rip out and start fresh….. but one thing my grandmother did with hers that I want to do with ours is she painted it a whiteish gray and it looks so much better! She has something mounted on it (like carved driftwood or somthing) and it looks great. I will probably paint our then put a mantle we purchased up. But consider yourself lucky because in three spots on our the rocks just out further like they are supposed to be little spots to put things on (like pictures or something), it looks ridiculous.
Good luck with your house.
Post # 11
I am going the same thing… to be honest I am bringing in some fireplace reno companies to give me some ideas and quotes 🙂
Post # 12
I am with @julies1949: , I love the slate! Brushed stainless steal would also be beautiful, but I really love the slate. If you do a slate, make sure that they add (before installation) a “hanging” hole. It is a metal hole insert that they can add to it to make hanging art or wreaths easy.
Post # 13
Candace Olsen does a lot of very clean, modern looking fireplaces:
Post # 14
Changing the stone to something more updated, would still leave a little rustic feel, but would allow for more contemporary decor. Obviously this is larger than your wall, but this is the feel I am talking about.
Post # 15
I would get a traditional fireplace and maybe have a slate hearth laid down in front of it. Nothing too big, just interesting.
Post # 16
I would suggest giving it a classic surround (like @linguo42 suggested), and adding some “built-in” bookshelves/displays around it on both sides to soften the fact that the fireplace is so off-center in the room. Built-ins will also help give it a bigger presence in the room after you get rid of all that bulky stone.
You could have the shelves stretch all across that far wall (the one without windows or doors), put your TV/media center in there, and that way the couches could face both the fireplace and the TV, while leaving a clear path to those outside doors. I think the previous owners got the setup all backwards!