What to do on the wall behind gas fireplace?

Penny Hughes
by Penny Hughes
I have this gas free standing fireplace, I want the wall behind it to have more style, any suggestions would be apprietated. Thank you
The wall behind the stove is BORING! What can I do?
  31 answers
  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim Tanya Peterson Felsheim on May 10, 2014
    So not the part with the TV also? what is the black on the wall is it only a shadow? looks like you are into a vintage look? rustic or cottage? I know that the fabric on the chair I see is very popular right now have you considered stenciling one of the similar shapes lightly over the blue? or same with another color? a Baroque style possibly? or painting it white will cause everything to appear as all one piece built in like I just found this http://www.hometalk.com/diy/home-tours/complete-home-remodel-with-custom-entertainment-center-3666944
  • Michele Eures Michele Eures on May 10, 2014
    I don't think the wall is boring. I actually think there's too much going on there. I would put whatever product or treatment that looks like beadboard that you have behind the shelves on the wall with the stove and tv. You have enough color and variety with the objects that are on the shelves. I think that will make those objects and that pretty floor stand out even more. Btw, is there a firefighter in your life? I see helmets.
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    • Michele Eures Michele Eures on May 10, 2014
      @Penny Hughes I'm married to a volunteer firefighter! I love how you displayed the helmet! Actually I think your shelves are just fine. Love the pops of green and blue. I just meant the wall behind could blend in with the white behind the shelves like Tanya said. Everything else looks great!
  • Lori J Lori J on May 10, 2014
    I would be drawn towards pressed tin (or a pressed tin knock off) in copper or silver.
  • Donna Byram Donna Byram on May 10, 2014
    I have a gas fireplace like yours, don't you just love it!! I think a gray stack stone would look good behind your stove. That's what I have and it adds texture to the room. Since it looks as though you have something running down the wall behind your fireplace, I would frame out a piece of ply board to build it out some to accommodate that piece. Here is what I have behind mine and I think anything similar would look great.
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  • Moxie Moxie on May 10, 2014
    I would paint it black or in keeping with the light colors of the room pearly grey or blue and then put those decorative metal mesh panels over it (silver over black, blue or grey) they have them at big box stores reasonable.. since you have a cord keeper coming down from the TV you may want to decorate a piece of plywood (perhaps fire treated) and attach to a few pieces of furring at top and bottom so you can pull the panel if you need to but then the decoration will be continuous across the space. Just my thoughts -- I love the shelving!
  • Mary Mary on May 11, 2014
    Cute room! Could the scale of the tv vs the fireplace be what is troubling you? Maybe if you gave the fireplace more visual weight to balance out the tv? Love the fireman helmets! I would move them to a larger shelf and group them putting one higher on a stack of books or something. Good job!
    • Kelly S Kelly S on May 11, 2014
      @Mary that could be it. Definitely make the fireplace look bigger by putting something dark behind it and something light behind the TV.
  • Carol Carol on May 11, 2014
    I haunted Craig's List for 2 months before a fireplace surround in the dimensions I wanted came available. It is in a vintage Victorian style that fit in with my décor. And I was able to purchase it for $75.
  • Deb56 Deb56 on May 11, 2014
    Personally, I would actually paper that entire wall behind the shelves (well, what ever parts of the wall you can see anyway). And I would do it with something that isn't "busy" in terms of the pattern. There isn't going to be a lot of area that is covered, so it doesn't look like it would be too difficult to do. I would personally go with something that has maybe like a charcoal gray in the pattern. I (myself) don't think "there is TOO much going on there" (on that wall) really. I have a feeling that if you took the sheet off of that chair by the shelves, that it would look absolutely fine. ) Maybe just take everything off of the very top of the shelves EXCEPT for "the helmets." Me personally? I would also add an area rug in the room (nothing "busy"). I just think they make it look cozier that's all. I really think your living area is very nice! I just think at times we tend to tire of things looking the same way, and sometimes it seems, just the littlest "change" can make a remarkable difference! Good luck to you!!! You'll have to post a pic when you're all done. Now I'm curious to see what you're going to do!! lol Happy Decorating!!!! :)
  • Kendra Loftus Kendra Loftus on May 11, 2014
    Because of how big the tv is, it takes away from the fireplace. I would paint a dark color behind the fireplace to balance the scale. Maybe even do a fireplace surround to draw your eye down to the fireplace.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 11, 2014
    I think some decorative tin ceiling squares would be pretty in all the enclosure around the fireplace...back, sides of shelves and at the bottom of the shelf on top...then dressed out with some molding!
  • Jean Ouellette Jean Ouellette on May 12, 2014
    I would paint or wallpaper just the back part of the shelving. Something to create a "pop" of color. Maybe a bright or darker blue?
  • Terri Johnson Terri Johnson on May 12, 2014
    I would tile or beadboard wall behide tv and fireplace but to make everything balance I would build in the bottom with doors to match the others. This way you can open doors when in use and close when not.
  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on May 12, 2014
    I don't think you have to much going on, and the things you have out are pretty. What I think is making it look more busy then it really is, is the blue behind the television and the gas fireplace. I think if you just paint them both white to match the built-ins, it'll make everything more cohesive. Also, Leave the very top empty, because it drawers the eyes up, and it's a small space. I'd put the helmets (very important) on the shelves with anything else that makes you happy and it'll look perfect! I think you should start with that old K.I.S.S. method, and work from there. :) Oh, and btw, I absolutely Love your floors!!
  • Hi @Penny Hughes A nice option could also be a nice stone. Nothing too bulky but a nice grey with blues through it to play off your furniture in the room. It would really draw the attention to the fire place/tv area.
  • Sandy Lueker Sandy Lueker on May 12, 2014
    I would either paint faux brick or get a sheet of fake brick and put behind it...or faux stone...
  • Paula Perry Paula Perry on May 12, 2014
    A stone or even wood Fireplace Surround that fills the entire space under the mantle, so your tv is so over powering. Painting the walls white behind the shelving, so it looks like one unit. I love everything else.
  • Kay Green Kay Green on May 12, 2014
    That's a beautiful, cozy room and I can see that you have put a lot of love into it. I see why the TV/stove area is bothering you. I think I would put white beadboard behind the TV and edge it with a narrow corner moulding to blend it with the shelving units, mount the TV and sound bar on the wall and get rid of the stand, paint the TV cords white so they won't stand out, and leave the shelf empty for a clean look, unless you have a few beautiful seashells to put there. Maybe a big conch and a starfish? Put blue-gray faux stacked stone over plywood (a la Donna Byram's comment and photo) behind the gas stove. I also like the idea of putting bi-fold cabinet doors on the stove area to hide it during warmer weather. Frame it out just enough that you can use the kind of hinges that will let you fold the doors back 180 degrees when the heater is running. Just have to say, I love the floor!
  • White Oak Studio Designs White Oak Studio Designs on May 12, 2014
    I like it just the way it is. Personally/in my opinion any more "stuff" texture back there will just cause it to look "busy."
  • Marci N Marci N on May 12, 2014
    I would also think that painting wall to match fireplace would make it look better. Or if you want build a surround for it to hide it. Perhaps a rock stone wall surround?
  • Penny Hughes Penny Hughes on May 12, 2014
    Thank you so much for your good ideas!
  • Penny Hughes Penny Hughes on May 12, 2014
    Thank you so much for all of those great ideas!
  • Meburke Meburke on May 12, 2014
    Be very carefull if that is a gas functioning fireplace! Heat is given off & your "? Background" your thinking of MUST be heat tolerant or fireproof...I had a huge house fire last Summer & am more informed now...research carefully..it's your home..
    • Meburke Meburke on May 13, 2014
      That's a house fire..last Summer ..heat resistant or fireproof paint .they sell a black hight temp paint @ Home Depot it would look good w the tv..
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on May 13, 2014
    The TV dwarfs the fireplace. Paint black around the fireplace to add weight. Remove the baskets on either side as they just draw the eye down and emphasize its small size. To me, this large neutral/pastel space needs colour. Instead of covering the orange chair with more neutral/pastel, reveal it. The orange chair would add warmth and liveliness as your chartreuse accents, except the pillow, are small and tend to get lost in the area. Orange goes with chartreuse.
  • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Jan 07, 2015
    Hi @Penny Hughes - I think I would be tempted to find some nice 'antiquey' style tiles - perhaps in blues and greens and beiges (as this seems to be the colours that you like and are in your cushions etc) and tile the back of the fire stove and also make a 'hearth' for the fire to stand on in the same tiles. I would also paint the wood shelf that your TV sits on in white to match the rest of the shelving units. Or, another idea if you go with the tiles - perhaps tile the shelf in the same tiles that would be used for the back of the fire and the hearth? I would make a 'frame'/'beading' around the tiles for the ones that you would put on the floor for the stove to sit - so it is slightly raised. I think this would make the fire look more of an actual 'fire-place' - rather than the fire just sitting on the floor! Have a look at these websites to give you ideas on using the tiles for the back wall and hearth. http://www.fireplace-tiles.com/ http://www.ebay.com/bhp/victorian-fireplace-tile Hope this helps.
  • B.macdowell B.macdowell on Mar 26, 2015
    We brick the wall it is beautiful.
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Apr 05, 2015
      @B.macdowell - Have you got any photos - it would be nice to see some of what you've done :)
  • Bartlett2220 Bartlett2220 on Jul 21, 2015
    I would go with some beautiful glass tiles. There are a lot of different styles. It would be the jewel of the room.
  • Barbara Butters Barbara Butters on Aug 06, 2015
    The lower area needs to be " anchored " dark colour or dark tiles , any chance the TV could be elsewhere? Or doors attached to hide it when not in use?
  • Penny Hughes Penny Hughes on Oct 16, 2015
    We have moved!
  • Atl6141510 Atl6141510 on May 14, 2016
    Making it look like the inside of a fireplace would be great... check out Fauxpanels.com or just google plastic brick panels. Home Depot sells some panels too if you're not into doing actual brick masonry... Add some tile underneath for a "hearth" effect would add to the "fireplace" look.....
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 05, 2023

    Cut a piece of Board or timber. Cover it with Marble Contact or Brick Wallpaper or any other thing you like. Put the board against the wall at the back. /add a Paving /slab or two or tiles to give the idea of a Hearth.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 05, 2023

    Amazon sells kits that are clocks numbers and hands that you attach to your wall. One with white numbers would stand on against the brick but at the same time be practical.