What to do with an off centered fireplace.

My fireplace is not centered on the wall, and I want to add book shelves on either side of it. My husband says no as it would look stupid. What do you think? Do I stand a chance at getting my way. Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of this to show.

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  • Alyssa Alyssa on Sep 18, 2017
    Whether you stand a chance at getting your way depends a lot on your husband and which of you is more determined (or maybe stubborn?). What about adding book shelves on only one side of the fireplace? Since your fireplace is off center, a single set of built-ins would make it look more like the asymmetry was intentional.

  • Cin21825342 Cin21825342 on Sep 18, 2017
    I'm with your husband on this one. Off-centered shelves would drive me nuts. Just add shelves to the one larger side equalling out the offset.

  • Amanda Amanda on Sep 18, 2017
    I think bookshelves would look nice. I would make them so they go to the ceiling and look more like a built in.

  • Rita Rita on Sep 18, 2017
    I have seen fireplace look more centered by adding an inset to hold logs, on one side. Trim the fireplace and inset to look as one unit. Now that it is centered, you can add your bookcases.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Sep 18, 2017
    Start with several options, which would solve your problem. Try different ideas, and see if something you like will balance it out. Good Luck!

  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Sep 18, 2017
    I think that you can have quite an effective 'built in' look even with uneven side pieces...put the shelves in to size and use trim pieces to give it the built in look. When styling coordinate the two 'sides' with colour/style choices...

  • Fix It Jen Fix It Jen on Sep 18, 2017
    Could you put different size shelves on either side, one longer than the other to balance it out more?

  • Liz Liz on Sep 18, 2017
    Create a vertical cabinet on the off side to store his fishing rods. or trophies.

  • Ellis Ellis on Sep 18, 2017
    As long as you don't make the shelving on each side identical, you could do it. Perhaps bookshelves on one side, and cabinet plus bookshelves on the other? Look through magazines like This Old House, BH&G, etc., or go online to decorating sites for ideas.