Mariette Josephe Fireplace January 15th, 2018 - 11:31:14
Fieldstone. This rustic family room includes a fireplace made from stones that look and feel as if they were found in an adjacent field. The wood mantel and a raised hearth beg for family gatherings. Faux fieldstone is now available for those who are looking for a more budget-friendly alternative to this look.
Sometimes the best way to deal with these two focal points is to separate them. This design makes great use of an angled wall while still making it easy to enjoy the fireplace and the TV at the same time. Connect your fireplace mantel visually to the main shelving. In a design like the one shown here you also could carry over all three shelves to create a triple mantel.
Separate. Separating the television and fireplace within the same space is difficult to get right but it’s done masterfully here. The wood paneling running up the wall and over the ceiling to surround the fireplace wall makes for a perfect integration — it almost feels as if they are on the same wall. Think carefully about your furniture plan when you have two focal points in a living room. What would you and your guests prefer to see — the fireplace or the television?
Side by side. This design works magic as both elements stand side by side in perfect harmony. The television and the firebox are similar in size which helps to balance out each other’s weight on the wall. The materials provide contrast while still tying into the rest of the home’s design. If concrete isn’t the right finish for your fireplace surround try a gray-colored tile to create the same effect.
Steel. Most areas require a specified width of a noncombustible material for a fireplace surround and hearth. (Check your local codes for details.) A steel facing certainly fits that requirement. A custom application that feels rustic and modern steel is a great look. From $5.000 to $8.000 for raw materials custom fabrication and installation.
When it comes to fireboxes homeowners seem to be gravitating to fire ribbons — gas flames that are wide but shallow appearing literally as ribbons of fire. The look is contemporary but minimalist with no faux logs. Instead flames rise from rock sand or glass. The idea isn’t to provide the illusion of a wood-burning fireplace just to add the warmth and beauty of a flickering flame.