Fioralba Emma Fireplace January 20th, 2018 - 10:48:08
Wood. Floor-to-ceiling millwork in a coffered design surrounds this fireplace in true classic style updated with a trendy hue of gray. Placing a decorative layer of stone around the firebox opening as well as on the hearth breaks up all the vertical and horizontal lines of the wood moldings.
The fireplace is often the most commanding element in any room it’s in. Size and abundance of material are often factors but as renovation specialist Ron Parko points out our eyes are naturally drawn to the darkest object in a room anyway. Oftentimes that’s the firebox when it’s unlit. Naturally you want this element and everything that surrounds it to complement the rest of your home. In many older homes where large brick fireplaces prevail this can pose a challenge.
Slab material. A fully segmented wall pattern in wood creates this transitional center fireplace. A single piece of stone with a hole cut out for the firebox serves as the surround. Smooth lines deliver casual elegance in this family room. Select slabs from a stone yard’s remnants (material left over from other projects) to complete your project at a much lower cost.
Prefabricated travertine or limestone. For a very traditional look consider a prefabricated fireplace of travertine or limestone. This look requires a mason experienced with framing as well as installation. Heavier pieces may need to be reinforced. $7.000 to $10.000 for prefabricated pieces shipping (which can be high due to weight and crating) and installation.
Texture twist. You can use texture when combining a fireplace and television on the same wall. The extra texture actually makes the components subtler; the eye skims over the TV and fireplace instead focusing on the wood stone and cubbies. Even if your fireplace is front and center you can camouflage it by using the same neutral colors for the firebox as the surrounding stone.
Concrete. A favorite of eclectic and industrial styles raw concrete is durable and different. Aim for this sturdy solution when you want an edgy outside-the-box look. Using exposed hardware to adhere the concrete panels to the fireplace adds a small detail that makes a big difference.