Fireplace needs design help

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Brick fireplace with wood mantel was painted white by previous owner. What can I do to make it a great focal point? ( Just painted walls gray. TV will not go over fireplace. Bed was just there temporarily while painting bedroom.)
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  • How about something like this: wood shingles on top, stone on the bottom? Chunkier mantel, too. Would love to see where you take it -- good luck!
  • Headcoverings Veils Headcoverings Veils on Sep 18, 2016
    If removing the paint is an option, I would suggest that. Then something above the mantel as a focal point of the room...something that pulls all the decorating scheme together...
    • Ruth Ruth on Sep 18, 2016
      I think removing the paint is a good idea, but probably too much work and messy. Thanks.
  • Leisa Yeager Leisa Yeager on Sep 18, 2016
    How about a scrolled wrought iron piece in black to fill the space above fire place, or a mosaic picture to bring it to a focal point, you can also stencil something unique...due to its size...good luck
  • Ruth Ruth on Sep 18, 2016
    Do you think painting the wood mantel and or surround a darker color would help?
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Sep 20, 2016
    Paint. The bricks go back to usual red..use flat finish. Mantel usual brown or black as if wood. Painting above mantel. The fireplace looks unbalanced not centered in it's corner and the sloping wall above adds to that feeling. I'm just not sure how to fix that. Relocate TV to another wall with a couple of shelves under it for the cable box, DVD or other entertainment equipment.
  • Maybe some crown molding would help make ceiling look taller.. and I agree with Leisa.. definitely some art or iron, maybe try a Texture (Valspar Venetian Plaster) it easy and fast not much prep at all... on the sheet rock above the mantel with another color, As to the fireplace it self... maybe try a faux finish on the Bricks to bring some color in..... and definitely darker mantle.
  • One8414992 One8414992 on Sep 25, 2016
    Attach shiplap boards on wall and trim sides with wood strips...Sand or replace the mantle with a vintage shelf of rustic wood.......Hang a beautiful semi large mirror, silver or gold, and ornate....Decorate using vintage glass candlesticks or silver pieces..Use the new battery operated candles for glow...Place in groups of three......Paint the remaining fireplace the same color as you walls and place a nice big basket on hearth filled with wood or pine cones.....Have fun!
  • Sue Sue on Sep 25, 2016
    I like the idea of painting with Earth-Tone colors, contrasting shades will give depth to the corner. Before painting, add decorative wood strips to mantel & hearth. Home Depot or Lowe's has much to choose from
  • Michelle Harbee Michelle Harbee on Sep 27, 2016
    I would love a fireplace like that in my bedroom! I would replace or refinish the mantel with a wood stain. Would add a focal point and break up the white.
  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Sep 30, 2016
    Hi Ruth! First of all, what style/feeling are you looking to create? Rustic, contemporary, modern, traditional? Each of those looks require different treatments- planking and paint for rustic, sleek and shiny tile for modern, etc. Once you have an idea for the room design, then focus on the fireplace, since it will be your focal point of the room. One thing I will say, don't try to repaint the brick red- it will just look fake. If you want some contrast from the white, then you could wire brush it to expose some of the color underneath. Same thing with the mantel- if you don't want it to be white, then sand it down to expose the wood- don't paint over it with a dark color. Or, you could dry brush it or wash it down with a contrast color.