What Should I Do About This Fireplace?

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Didn't capture the entire area above fireplace. The ceiling above that is vaulted so needs ideas, please. the sides around the FP are uneven. Thought of putting stone contact paper (I know it's called something else) with pieces of grey and blue stones on it on the sides and up to the ceiling, although it's vaulted- not quite sure how that would look. Anyway, thank you for your ideas.
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  • Deb16705471 Deb16705471 on Jan 03, 2017
    I have the same corner fireplace! with vaulted ceilings. I'm considering painting the angled wall behind my fireplace a color making it a feature wall. I'm into the gray color scheme that is so popular now so I would suggest Chelsea Gray (Sherman Williams) on the wood surround. The black fire box stands out against your white surround. The dark gray would make the box fade away. Light Pewter on the wall would be nice. I would not put contact paper on the wall as it is hard to get off for future changes. Also heat from the fireplace might make the edges curl up. I would also put a large piece of canvas art, a large mirror or metal art piece over the mantel. Hope this gives you and idea.
  • Elsa Elsa on Jan 03, 2017
    Thank you, do you live in CA? My intention is to make this a featured wall also. What I want to put around it isn't actually contact paper, it's something else. I can't remember what it's called but it would be the equivalent of putting stones around it and having them go up the wall on top on the FP. Now you don't have to do it with real stones, they have come up with something that gives the same look. Also, one more question, what do you think about putting faux wood beams on that vaulted ceiling to bring more drama into the living room?
    • Leah Lynn Jones Leah Lynn Jones on Jan 04, 2017
      I would pick another soft color to paint that wall and then do a big mirror, or as someone else said lots of photos in different kinds of frames to create a large artistic collage above the fireplace. Or, http://www.walmart.com/ip/WallPops-Baroque-Wall-Art-Decals/17155540

      walmart has different types of decals that are very easy to put on the wall, stays on the wall, and doesnt damage the wall. These have little mirrors that go with them. You could always add a little photo here and there in between these if you use these to fill in the space up the wall. Hope this was helpful. :)
  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Jan 03, 2017
    That area was meant for a painting.If you do not want to do that,just put up nick knack shelves!
  • Kim Salmi Kim Salmi on Jan 03, 2017
    A collage of photos and perhaps mementos like postcards or sheet music in various interesting frames would give the area a warm personal cosy touch ...or be really daring and use a hanging lamp over the fireplace ( which I'm jealous of lol ) .for an unexpected look ...love the space you're working with ..: )
  • Elsa Elsa on Jan 03, 2017
    Thank you
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 03, 2017
    My opinion I would not use any contact paper ,just paint the area and possibly put a shelf above the fireplace. Sometimes adding draws to much attention to the eye sores.
  • Definitely paint that brass to make it look more modern. It's super easy. Here's a post I created explaining how to paint it.
  • Jacklynmarieee Jacklynmarieee on Jan 03, 2017
    I would build corner shelves on each side making each bigger to even the space out n to fill the whole wall making the fireplace take up the entire wall. Decorate the mantel with huge items to balance the ceiling. That way ur eye would stop at the decorated mantel instead of going all the way up to the ceiling.
  • Elsa Elsa on Jan 03, 2017
    So building shelves on either side of an uneven FP surround and build them all the way up to the mantle? It's only a little wider on one side of the FP. If you look that side would be on the right. It's only a little wider on that side. Would that make the FP look wider?I thought the idea was to draw attention to the high ceiling? I was thinking that faux wooden beams would draw the eyes up and it would be nice. I'm new at this.
    Thanks
  • Steve Steve on Jan 04, 2017
    build another home around it

    • Elsa Elsa on Jan 04, 2017
      I 'm sure someone, somewhere would appreciate your thoughtful help on their project.
  • Lori Lori on Jan 04, 2017
    Depending on how much you want to spend you could try one of these: http://www.fauxpanels.com/style-stone.php ; Gives you that old-timey fireplace look for added warmth in the room. Your mantle and fireplace surround can stay the same.
  • Elsa Elsa on Jan 04, 2017
    Thank you
  • Shaley Shaley on Jan 05, 2017
    I would tile using subway tile pattern, we watch flip or flop and they have done a few where they tile all the way to the ceiling. One I really like was a herringbone pattern that was done in grays and silver and they painted the fireplace a solid color that matched the walls or they took and painted it with the medium gray from the tiles they used. You can do this with other colors, just stay away from to large of tile.
  • Mia8749530 Mia8749530 on Jan 05, 2017
    No little shelves or knickknack above fireplace. Would paint that entire wall a dramatic color. since it is vaulted ceiling would find an old door, preferably screen door...clean it, paint and distress if needed, hang it vertically above fireplace. If solid door need heavy anchoring. Could even use two or three old windows with glass knocked out. Just hang a twig wreathe on one of windows. Keep it simple.
  • Caroline Caroline on Jan 05, 2017
    Hi! I have a faux fireplace that looks similar to yours but no mantle. I got a roll of wallpaper that looks like small tiles and mounted it to the wall area around the fireplace from ceiling to floor. It looks great and you can't tell it's wallpaper unless you get close enough to touch.
  • Shaley Shaley on Jan 05, 2017
    I would go the ceiling, and also do the base. But you can cap the height of the wall at a certain point with a tile edge, just do the fireplace and the wall with it. Make it the statement piece of the room. You could also do a center tile frame with tile in the center of the herringbone in a solid color or do paint in the center that tile frame instead of tile inside the frame and add a favorite object. If you choose to do paint in the frame use the base coat in primed color of the medium color from the tile, make the framing tile next to the darkest from the herringbone tile colors.

    If you are more eclectic, go to the metal junk yard and find some wrought iron that has been rusted, wire brush it off and seal it with clear coat spray. Make sure it is large enough to fill the framed space or find smaller pieces and cluster them. clock.
    OR a family painting project on a 3/8 board where everyone does one part of the picture can be abstract or something you all like traced on it using a projector. . If you don't want to do a family art piece, then find a 3D piece sculpture that would fill the framed space and add that. the options are limitless. I would check with your rehome store closest to you for the materials you will be needing or several of those rehome stores. flea markets also work for objects to recycle and use in different ways. What is your style? Accent our room with the colors from the tile choosing at least two colors, you can buy covers for furniture, spray paint things you might already had like fixtures to match.
  • CAROL CAROL on Jan 05, 2017
    Hang a HUGE Indian rug over it.
  • Patty Patty on Jan 05, 2017
    I think what I would do is extend the mantel all the way out and add more framing underneath the mantel matching what is already there. That wouldn't cost a lot of money and would make your fireplace appear larger and would be the focal point in the room.
    • Elsa Elsa on Jan 05, 2017
      Really like this response. It would just be a couple of inches on either side because it's a corner FP. Could I just also then move the existing columns over the same couple of inches? Maybe I could make it a hanging mantle from distressed wood at that point and paint the whole thing in something like a grey. Maybe I could add a few sheets of those stone sheets. (Gosh, would that be expensive?)
      Thank you sooo much.
  • Rita Rita on Jan 05, 2017
    There are stacked stone sheets at most home improvement stores. They are thin and easy to handle. I'D pull off the existing mantle and wood surround and use the stacked stone on the entire wall. Also, look for thermaheat paint(paint that withstands high heat) and paint out the brass trim on your cover. If you still want a mantle, add a simple reclaimed wood mantle.
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    • Elsa Elsa on Jan 05, 2017
      Thank you so much..
  • Loretta Loretta on Jan 05, 2017
    I agree with either doing the stacked stone sheets or smaller herringbone tiles. I would remove existing mantel and wood frame, tile the full width and height of the wall, or with the stacked stones. Same with hearth. Paint out fire box to work with colors of tiles or stones, and be sure the rest of the walls work with those colors as well as the flooring. You could also just go about 2/3 of the way with the stones or tile and do what someone else did, add a large clock or cool metal piece or even any painting or framed print that works with your style or color. Definitely paint firebox, don't forget that! And yes, you could do the faux vaulted beams, just be sure everything blends color Wise. Good luck!
  • Loretta Loretta on Jan 05, 2017
    No worries about it being vaulted, you just whatever you use to fit all the way to the top. BE SURE TO DO A DRY RUN FIRST!!!
  • Shaley Shaley on Jan 05, 2017

     ShaleyHumboldt, TN An hour agoI would go the ceiling, and also do the base. But you can cap the height of the wall at a certain point with a tile edge, just do the fireplace and the wall with it. Make it the statement piece of the room. You could also do a center tile frame with tile in the center of the herringbone in a solid color or do paint in the center that tile frame instead of tile inside the frame and add a favorite object. If you choose to do paint in the frame use the base coat in primed color of the medium color from the tile, make the framing tile next to the darkest from the herringbone tile colors.If you are more eclectic, go to the metal junk yard and find some wrought iron that has been rusted, wire brush it off and seal it with clear coat spray. Make sure it is large enough to fill the framed space or find smaller pieces and cluster them. clock. OR a family painting project on a 3/8 board where everyone does one part of the picture can be abstract or something you all like traced on it using a projector. . If you don't want to do a family art piece, then find a 3D piece sculpture that would fill the framed space and add that. the options are limitless. I would check with your rehome store closest to you for the materials you will be needing or several of those rehome stores. flea markets also work for objects to recycle and use in different ways. What is your style? Accent our room with the colors from the tile choosing at least two colors, you can buy covers for furniture, spray paint things you might already had like fixtures to match.
  • Elsa Elsa on Jan 05, 2017
    Thank you, thank you.
  • Car15080722 Car15080722 on Jan 06, 2017
    Hello,
    I would start at the ceiling and follow that angle with weathered boards and place them all the way down to the floor. The boards would look diagonal and
    highlight the fireplace and the vaulted ceiling. Maybe paint the fireplace frame beige, taupe, gray, or a light shade of satin finish black. If the rest of the room has white wood trim, you may want to leave it white. Then put a beautiful patterned rug in front of the fireplace. Try taking a picture of the fireplace, put it in your computer, send to your own mailbox, enlarge it, trace it onto paper from the mailbox, then you can experiment with different ideas. Also go to yahoo.com and type in fireplace wall ideas. Then click on images, wow , there is even one with a vaulted ceiling. Have fun with it and make it one of a kind. That's what I do. Happy New Year. Diana in WV.
  • Car15080722 Car15080722 on Jan 06, 2017

     Car58
    Hello, I would start at the ceiling and follow that angle with weathered boards and place them all the way down to the floor. The boards would look diagonal and highlight the fireplace and the vaulted ceiling. Maybe paint the fireplace frame beige, taupe, gray, or a light shade of satin finish black. If the rest of the room has white wood trim, you may want to leave it white. Then put a beautiful patterned rug in front of the fireplace. Try taking a picture of the fireplace, put it in your computer, send to your own mailbox, enlarge it, trace it onto paper from the mailbox, then you can experiment with different ideas. Also go to yahoo.com and type in fireplace wall ideas. Then click on images, wow , there is even one with a vaulted ceiling. Have fun with it and make it one of a kind. That's what I do. Happy New Year. Diana in WV.
  • Patty Patty on Jan 06, 2017
    A lot of the expense depends on how much you can do yourself and cost of material. If I were going to do this I would get a pro in and get an estimate and pick his brain, but make sure you get at least three estimates and that they are good established people with references, and if you can afford to have it done great if not you have talked to three different pro's and have picked their brains and should have a good idea of what to do. I think if you move the post you are going to then have to tile or paint also you could end up damaging or even breaking the wood. I just think you would be better off adding more framing to match what is already there and to extend your mantel you will have to either replace or get one that is the size you want and install on top of existing mantel, sometimes that looks good other times not so much. I would love to know what you do and see pictures.
  • John Mooney John Mooney on Jan 06, 2017
    I have almost the same fireplace& wall. I went to Lowes & got a clock that is around 34" in diameter for about $30 (on-sale for Christmas). They had several different designs and I found a really nice one that fit my décor real well. And if you are really eager, you can get the parts at Hobby Lobby and make your own big clock to fill the hole.
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    • Shaley Shaley on Jan 07, 2017
      I was thinking about those too. So many to choose from.
  • Nita Judhit DePaor Nita Judhit DePaor on Jan 07, 2017
    large picture ,or mirror would cover empty space...give color boost to the room so all place don't look pale and boring....nice colorfull curtains or panels for windows....the fireplace is point where you start to design your room interior...i would stain the insert panels on surround in black ebony...so its accents the point and goes with black fireplace itself...good luck with your design

  • Bren Bren on Jan 07, 2017
    I have the same type of situation. I painted the fireplace wall three shades darker but the same color as the rest of the room. I then hung a large picture containing the same hughes as the wall. Makes the room look lots bigger.
  • Banjojane66 Banjojane66 on Jan 08, 2017
    What a beautiful room! I love the fireplace. Great ideas!!
    I personally would leave the black and gold and white colors as they are, but, put printed border of wallpaper, or painted design (same colors) around the top to bring the ceiling down and provide yourself the illusion of a closer ceiling.
    Your window could have a warm colored print on your drapes that would be mounted a little higher than the top of the windows! The floor could use a dark colored rug, just in front of the fireplace.
    I would suggest a large picture above the fireplace. Hope this helps you.
  • Elsa Elsa on Jan 08, 2017
    Thank you so much.
  • Linda Keser Linda Keser on Jan 09, 2017
    May I suggest you wallpaper the narrow fireplace wall, including each side of the fireplace, with an elegant design of your choice. Then nail or glue nonwood half round molding from floor to ceiling on each edge of of the wallpaper painted black to match the fireplace. Paint the molding before applying to the wall. (I suggest nonwood molding because wood molding will expand and shrink with the respective heating/ac.)
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jan 09, 2017
    I would not worry about ceiling cut it off mentally where the lowest part of walls are 8-9' usually. So if you can picture it stopping there then you decorate the area like you would if ceiling not vaulted. As for the uneven part do you mean that there is more space on one side, that it is not centered? Just place the fireplace items on that one wall. Is it gas or wood, regardless you could place a few logs there as well in a basket. The rest is up to you. Just take your art work out and hang it up at eye level. You don't need to make a pyramid of this just because it's vaulted. On the fire place candles and tall plant a real one it looks like you got enough light for an orchid.
  • Elsa Elsa on Jan 09, 2017
    Thanks, I can envision the height much better now and The space I have to work in.
  • Sportnsamski Sportnsamski on Jan 10, 2017
    I think some faux stack stone would look great-look for a returned or sale pile as long as it fits your taste. I have done very well finishing off homes with discontinues colors, returned boxes etc. Just make sure its what you want & there isn't anything wrong with it-sometimes its a simple 1cracked tile or the person just changed their mind. Stacked stone looks great over fireplaces=Some HomeStores have a Scratch & Dent room where there are odd items also,check this out.

  • Elsa Elsa on Jan 10, 2017
    Thank you, exactly what I wanted to know.