Massive Brick Fireplace
I am now considering installing a wood panel starting at top of mantel and going up to about 8" from the molding at the ceiling. There is approximately 8" from edge of mantel to bookcases on each side, so this would keep it precise in distance. --That would be 8" of brick showing on left, right and top of this panel over my mantel. This is the "important" part of the question because I want to know if this will look over the top/unusual/different/unappealing to have 8" of brick showing on left, right and top of panel? I want to frame it with molding, including rope molding like the mantel, install fluted legs (pilasters) from the corbels down to the hearth. Perhaps, a narrow header under the mantel. The molding at the top of the bookcases hinders installing the panel all the way to the ceiling and the bookcases.
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Because the brick is dark and has varied colors, nothing I put on my mantel stands out unless it is black or white. I would really like more décor options. I suppose I also question if the expense merits what I want to accomplish.
I would like opinions and/or ideas on this plan.
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