What’s wrong w fireplace design

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 46
47203 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would have a finishing carpenter take a look at the mantle. I am sure that he could add on to each end, even if one end had to be hinged if that’s where your outlet is. There could be code issues with covering up an outlet, but I don’t think so. It would be no different than the outlets you can get in bathroom vanity drawers.

Corner fireplaces are the bane of decorators. They make it hard to plan furniture arrangements. My guess is that 5-10 years down the road, you will rip it out.

Post # 47
1299 posts
Bumble bee

Lavender28 :  This is exactly what I was going to type – that a piece needs to be added to the top to make it look finished.

OP, right now the mantel does not look like a mantel.  It reminds me more of a floating shelf that you would display pictures on.  If you want it more of a slab piece of wood (like a more rustic look), I think you need to add a couple of pieces to the bottom.  For some reason I am not able to insert a picture, but if you Google rustic beam fireplace mantel you’ll see what I’m referring to.

In addition to wraping the stone around the corners, I unfortunately think the paint completes with the fireplace.  They are opposite hues.  Your fireplace is warm beige and the paint (on my monitor) reads cool grey.  I think a warm greige would have worked a lot better but I guess it’s too late for that.

I also cannot tell perspective, but how high is the mantel?  I ask because honestly, I really dislike tv’s over the fireplace.  You usually have to tilt your head too high to see it properly.  When we were looking at homes, our agent told us that it’s kind of a passe look.  Something to consider since it seems like the outlet in the mantel is causing issues with extending it anyway.


Post # 52
5789 posts
Bee Keeper

I really think all you need to do is to have them add a wider piece of wood to the top of the existing one that extends farther out and past the ends, and that will make it look balanced. Unfortunately, what you have there now looks almost like a landscape timber and isn’t adding much to the overall look. More like the top of this.




Post # 53
11612 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

financegal87 :  Sorry, you were saying how expensive the beam was, so I assumed it was over 1k with the customization for the cords, whereas these beams are already done.

Not sure why you wouldn’t want to bring that around then, but clearly you have this sorted out. Best of luck! 

Post # 54
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

financegal87 :  Another vote for rip the whole thing out entirely. It looks half-baked and it adds nothing to the space.

Post # 55
2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

financegal87 :  I just moved into a house & the only logical place to put the TV is over the fireplace. I went back & forth with it. Just unsure (is the TV too high. Does it look bad, etc). I can wholeheartedly say we love it! We can turn the fireplace on while we watch TV at night. Great ambiance! In my previous houses, the fireplace either competed with the TV or was in a room without a TV. It made if difficult to really enjoy the fireplace on a regular basis.


Post # 56
2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

ItWasntMe :  this is somewhat what our fireplace looks like. We’ve got the wood wrapped around our brick.

Post # 57
44 posts
  • Wedding: July 2017

Jannigirl might be right. If you framed the whole thing with wood, maybe that would do the trick?

Post # 58
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

financegal87 :  

This might help…why don’t you add a couple of built in wedge shaped shelves on either side. One where the stone stops and another halfway between the first and the ceiling. It’s a dead space anyway and could display some photos or art pieces? The shelves should be thicker wood the same stain as your mantle. I would also wrap the stone around the sides as well.

Excuse the amateurish marking up of your photo but I’m doing this on my phone….

Post # 59
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Tiling all the way up the sides may be a bit much, since there is so much depth. Maybe something like wainscotting or a chair rail would be a nice touch instead? Or something like this as corner posts (a little cleaner to match the current style)? Or corbels under the mantle to add some visual interest?Barn beam

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