Asked on Dec 27, 2016

How can I decorate my large fireplace and chimney?

by Lou
We have taken a step back and removed all previous decor from our large fireplace chimney. The surface is stucco. The color, as are the walls, is Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige. The trim is SW Bright White. The hardwood floor is dark cherry. The fireplace has real oak logs but is not used.
There is one recessed light above the fireplace but it causes terrible shadowing. The lighting issue is under review by a consultant. We do no anticipate a quick nor easy solution.
Please suggest how to best decorate our large chimney. NOTE: We do not want a mantel and surround. We envision a large painting or metal tree sculpture. Also, possibly a flat thin (as in depth) horizontal board or metal bar to break up the vertical space.
Please feel free to suggest anything you think will enhance this area. Additional photos and answers to your questions are available.
Thank you.
q designing fireplace chimney, fireplaces mantels, roofing
q designing fireplace chimney, fireplaces mantels, roofing
q designing fireplace chimney, fireplaces mantels, roofing
q designing fireplace chimney, fireplaces mantels, roofing
q designing fireplace chimney, fireplaces mantels, roofing
  43 answers
  • 1984roro 1984roro on Dec 27, 2016
    Oh - I forgot to tell you that your home is very lovely now...

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Dec 27, 2016
    I would first paint the inside of fireplace a hot burnt orange. Hang the tv over it. Recapture the floor space and put your attention to the center of the room.

  • Julie M. Julie M. on Dec 27, 2016
    I would be inclined to make the fireplace the focal point by tiling it all the way to the ceiling.

  • Sharon Marie Doughty Sharon Marie Doughty on Dec 28, 2016
    Being old school i love the mantal on the fireplace , a large piece of iron wall art would look lovely !

  • Sharon Marie Doughty Sharon Marie Doughty on Dec 28, 2016
    Being old school i love the mantal on the fireplace , a large piece of iron wall art would look lovely !

  • first it needs a mantle

  • DORLIS DORLIS on Dec 28, 2016
    Cover it with rock and add a mantle, have to have one to decorate for Christmas

  • Lou Lou on Dec 28, 2016
    Thank you all for your suggestion.

  • Susie Susie on Dec 28, 2016
    Add a mantel that complements you style of decor for this room, as in rustic, country or formal. Keep it simple..

  • Maggie   Gallagher Maggie Gallagher on Dec 28, 2016
    Adding a mantle , painting hung above it and one of those large rod iron clocks up high, would look fantastic.

  • Autumn Fern Woods Autumn Fern Woods on Dec 28, 2016
    Stencil plaster trees on it--- I did a room wall background green and trees white plaster.. painted leaves individual

  • Kathy Murray Kathy Murray on Dec 29, 2016
    I love your floors & you have the same type of colors in your furniture, rug, & floors that I have. For me I went with a Mediterranean theme & color scheme.
    I don't know about you but I live on a very tight budget & if you don't have a man or helper in your life you learn & teach yourself how to do things like building whatever you need.
    So here's what I did in my livingroom. I bought plain white pine boards from Lowes that measured 1 x 8 x 80 to fit my fireplace. Used a stud finder & marked my screw spots for my L-brackets. 1st picture is L-Bracket over kill, Guilty!!! It was my 1st mantle build. I didn't miter my boards to make them fit I just butted them against each other. I L-bracketed the 1st top board to my fireplace. Then screwed the front board into the edge of the top board. I covered the unsightly screws with some large upholstery tacks. Then stained it. I painted the walls in a darker mustard color for some warmth & sponged the fireplace in that same color with a 2nd color 2 shades lighter.
    I think you have a wonderful place & wish I had your beautiful floors.
    The only thing I think you're missing is a comforting color on the walls but we all have different taste. Good luck with whatever you do.

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    • Kathy Murray Kathy Murray on Dec 29, 2016
      Everything I did when I built this home was on a budget. The screen I purchased at Ross along with other pieces for my home that were all extremely reasonably price . I also buy from on-line Auction sites and have seen some beautiful fireplace screens.

  • Shannon Shannon on Dec 29, 2016
    I'm a fan of finding something you like on Pinterest, then making it your own. That's what we did when we had a fireplace put in last year. Here is ours. Photo taken at an angle because it's a see through fireplace to outside and the sun is coming in. Check Pinterest for inspiration.

  • Pat Pat on Dec 29, 2016
    The first thing I noticed was the rounded corner hearth...To me it should have square for a suggestion that you wanted...I think I would either use ship lap wood.."think Fixer Upper"....or rock look tile on your fireplace...a mantle is not needed .... and then hang art work, tapestry, metal sculpture or even a pretty quilt if it suits your decor.

  • Jeannie.mcquaid Jeannie.mcquaid on Dec 29, 2016
    If you don't want a mantle and you're not going to burn in the fireplace, get a really nice tapestry or a small persian rug and hang it above the fireplace. Fabric always looks wonderfully rustic against stucco and won't produce glare from your problem light fixture.

    • Lou Lou on Dec 29, 2016
      We had not thought of that idea. Great, a new avenue to explore.

  • Leisa Yeager Leisa Yeager on Dec 29, 2016
    You don't need a mantel, just add a fire place screen, you might consider two floating shelves stagger them then decorate accordingly...

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    • Leisa Yeager Leisa Yeager on Jan 03, 2017
      one shelf longer than the other...You can center them or place coming off one side with the longer below shorter..I like coming off one side of the fireplace I would start on left side...good luck wish I had pic...

  • Penny Phillips Penny Phillips on Dec 29, 2016
    Stagger means to put them at different levels

  • Renata Renata on Dec 30, 2016
    You say you don't want a mantle but what about matching your window crown molding. Putting it down rather than up snugging ceiling.

  • Kim Salmi Kim Salmi on Dec 30, 2016
    I'm thinking a great but simple copper fire screen ,a simple wood mantel with a tree stenciled on the wall look lovely ....perhaps with some copies of family photos tucked in the branches : )

    • Lou Lou on Dec 30, 2016
      Do you know of a web shop that has copper firescreens? Good idea.

  • Linda Keser Linda Keser on Dec 30, 2016
    I suggest surrounding the fireplace opening with something like tile or embossed tin squares. Measure from the bottom of the opening to the top of the hearth. This would be the width to use around the entire opening.

    Also hang a large painting or wall decoration. Whatever would fit in with the decor of the room that suits your fancy.

    • Lou Lou on Dec 30, 2016
      That is 3". We are looking at large paintings and tapestries. Thanks

  • Doris Wright Doris Wright on Dec 30, 2016
     Large wrought iron decorative panel would loo great!

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  • Lou Lou on Dec 30, 2016
    Thanks Doris, getting wiring to anything on our huge fireplace is an issue since under the plaster is the solid brick chimney. Thanks though.

  • Mbm7480474 Mbm7480474 on Dec 30, 2016
    A fireplace screen is a must. Try Hobby Lobby or some other accessory store for 2 tall wrought iron sconces and put flameless candles in them and a colorful picture in between. Think scale on this large wall.

  • Ter4482294 Ter4482294 on Dec 30, 2016
    We found this 12 x 24 tile at Lowes and did it ourselves!

  • Doris Wright Doris Wright on Dec 30, 2016
    Did you guys plaster it? Maybe a plasterer can come in and add some floating shelves at different heights and then plaster it to match/ paint it. That would look great with oversized candles or photos. It would be a mess to remove the plaster, however I am partial to the distressed plaster loo with brick peeing through at certain points....see this example.

    • Lou Lou on Dec 31, 2016
      I plastered it with synthetic stucco. Yep, very hard to remove. Thanks though.

  • Judy Vargo Judy Vargo on Dec 31, 2016
    I would get 2 half-round columns floor to top, place them on the wall if room, or on the ends of the fireplace. I would frame the inset with a beautiful metal banding. Fireplace could be painted (fireplace) pumpkin or hunter. You could use half round cornices in solid pumpkin with brass accents to match banding. A decorative rut in a cream and taupe swirl in front of fireplace.

    • Lou Lou on Jan 01, 2017
      Wow! A bit difficult to envision. Could you make a drawing? Thanks

  • Ter4482294 Ter4482294 on Jan 02, 2017
    Thank my husband and I did it Over a weekend. It is heavy tile, but required minimal cutting and no grout! Just mastic. Also we used satin finish rounded edging on the corners which finished the rough edges nicely.

    • Lou Lou on Jan 03, 2017
      Do you think it could go over a ruff surface such as our stucco?

  • Lou Lou on Jan 04, 2017
    An additional problem has arisen. Some of the carefully selected oak logs in the fireplace were infested with termites so they all were discarded. Now we are faced with what to do with the empty firebox. Whatever the result for the entire project I'll be posting picturges.

  • Lou Lou on Jan 06, 2017
    My wife wants to tile the fireplace wall. We will be shopping for the tile sound.

  • Elaine Wilson Elaine Wilson on Jan 07, 2017
    Tile is a great idea and easy to do. Attach the first row along a level chalk line and let it dry, then build up from there. When picking your tile remember the style of your room. Large marble tiles are beautiful but not in a country setting. Remember once they are on there's no changing your mind. We put 1foot by 2 foot black shinny tile on the bumped out wall behind our TV wow what great affect. But the stone version we put on the wall in our condo gave a real warm affect in an all window corner room. Another problem we had was colour. Something might look great at the store but when you get it home the light changes. I suggest you get one or two and bring them home, check the look in your room before you drag creates home only to have to drag them back. Happy tilling!

    • Lou Lou on Jan 09, 2017
      Great advice. Could recommend a basic color that would fit in?

  • Elaine Wilson Elaine Wilson on Jan 10, 2017
    It looks like it is dread colder room. Think about making your fireplace a focal point. That doesn't mean a bright color, remember you have to look at it everyday. If there is a lot of natural light I would sugest a warm brown. Maybe the colour of the floor. If not I would consider a glass tile soft green. I may sound off the wall but the juxtaposition of color will make a very beatiful statement. I can only imagine that your sofa is a beige color. If not you may want to draw the sofa color onto the fireplace.

  • Lou Lou on Jan 13, 2017
    What you see is a bare fireplace wall. When all is finished we hope to have a attractive fireplac. Please view the following then tell me if you still consider it a 'dread colder room'.

  • Ltt834476 Ltt834476 on Jan 14, 2017
    Fireplace framing and mantel would make a very big difference. You can even find antique frames/mantels. Then either put a beautiful large picture or mirror above the mantel. Paint that wall a pretty Pumpkin Burn Orange color like your tiffany lamp.

  • Maggie   Gallagher Maggie Gallagher on Jan 15, 2017
    antique , very large,clock on top and you are done,(they are easy to source and inexpensive) with a mantle in black metal to match the clock. Maybe a few candles. It looks crowded in that area, with windows, do you need the blinds?Can the TV be placed on the wall and give you more room in that end of the room? just a few ideas, Good luck.

  • Donna Cox Donna Cox on Jan 15, 2017
    There are some very attractive mantles for fireplaces now which is what I would do to break up that large blank space.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jan 16, 2017
    If you know what you want and what you don't want then you have answered your question. Since you live in the south I would go with a sculptural piece insipid by nature. Like trees foing in the wind to give it movement and interest. I don't think your place is dreadful I think it's all one color in different shades of brown which is a warm color. I think that the problem is the sofa and it's pattern which is outdated maybe think of upolstering in a light pattern for some interest. I love your carpet and leather chairs.,but with dark floor and tables it just looks like a cave. In he sense that it is dark. As for the fire place I would bring some greenery that's real not some plastic thing or candles but I think a plant would look very nice there. And yes there are plants that thrive with little light. It looks like your room gets plenty of light which probably makes room super hot so I understand why your blinds aren't open to allow lighti into room. I don't like accent colors on one wall I think fireplace looks very rustic and the stucco is great for south. I wouldn't put a picture of a horse up but I would look for something abstract with movement. I just think that the leather on chairs reminds me of freedom and running wild and whrilwind. That's why I keep saying movement. Your house is interesting because it has rustic features like stucco yet the trim is all super traditional. It just hasn't made up its mind as to what it is so if you end up picking tile I would go traditional to match other finishes in architectural features.

  • Lou Lou on Jan 17, 2017
    Thank you for your comment.

  • Lou Lou on Jan 17, 2017
    A major design change is coming to the entire fireplace. This change will better fit in with the downstairs. The many suggestions received helped us discover this new path.

  • Lou Lou on Jan 17, 2017
    In progress photos will be posted. Thank you all. 🙏

    You could buy a beautiful mantle suitable size to the fireplace, then stencil the wall with a large stencil that looks like brick. Then put the mantle up.