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Design Dilemma
Design Dilemma


champagnesavasanaDecember 20, 2012
Putting in a fireplace. Floor will be a dark wood and walls will be SW Repose Gray (very light). I leftin the bricks at hearth. I didn't want three different kinds of floor all next to each other, (tile from kitchen and flooring in living room) especially in such a small space. Another option would be to have the engineered wood go all the way up to fireplace.
Need help on ideas for mantels or what to build it up with, inexpensively.
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Interiors International, Inc.
It would help to have a bit more information. What is the style of the house? What is the size of the room? How does your lifestyle impact the space? Looking forward to helping you with some advise.
    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 12:20PM
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the condo is empty now, being remodeled. dark wood floors and light grey walls with white trim. i'm thinking of painting the brick hearth stark white and maybe put in a white mantel. room is 16x13ft wich vaulted ceilings. and is the living room.
    Bookmark   December 22, 2012 at 7:04PM
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I would face it with slate:
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This is an attractive plaster finish on the fireplace:
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Ceramic tile would be interesting:

This is gorgeous:
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. "The material is vein cut travertine called Vintage Vein, in 3 sizes (2x9, 3x16, and 4x24) from Materials Marketing."
    Bookmark   December 22, 2012 at 10:50PM
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I like this look for your fireplace: [houzz=
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1 Like    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 2:58AM
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I think that you should do a stone mantel with a floating shelf it looks great with any room any coler. My dad is a stone worker so I could get you set up his Facebook page is Stonescapes
    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 11:31AM
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Cancork Floor Inc.
You will need to keep some sort of distance from your hardwood to the fireplace - building codes don't allow flammable objects within "X" distance. Keep the brick OR lay tile in front and run the hardwood up to the hearth.

A very simple/beautiful solution would be cork tiles as the surround. They can be mounted on walls with some contact cement and the cost of the tiles. White cork tiles can "look" like white marble without the expense of materials - they can be installed by you - no need for a mason! Cork wall tiles can act IN PLACE OF stone or brick work. Again - glued in place with only a small amount of effort. Can be cut with an Exact-O knife!!! No need for all the dust of masonry.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 11:49AM
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Cancork Floor Inc.
Sorry, the Cork "flooring tiles" (white or black) are $2.29/sf and the Wall tiles (the brick pattern or the stone pattern in the photos) are $4.99/sf. The adhesive comes in 1 gallon tubs and is $55/gallon = 180sf of laid surface!
    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 11:51AM
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Seal Tex Metals
Copper, bronze or stainless are an option that is often over looked.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 5:39AM
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Interiors International, Inc.
The cork is a great idea and affordable. You could use any color I like the darker one shown. The white will of course the brighter. Home Depot had some 24"x24" Travertine on sale at a great price. This will be more labor intensive though.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 6:00AM
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PS: With any of the finishes I would build it out a bit to add dimension. You can accomplish this with a few layers of drywall or firing it out with 2x4's laying them flat and then add 1 layer of 3/4' drywall.
    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 6:12AM
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PS: again sorry I keep thinking of new things. If you do frame it out I would consider building a niche. It would only have to go back to your original drywall. It can be as large as you want it. Use it to mount a TV or an art piece. I see the is an outlet on that wall. You could use this to light that niche either on the top or all the way around it. These lights could be LED tape so it has a very small profile. This would make them easy to conceal. You would just need a small over hang of the drywall. Trim this with whatever material you face the fireplace.
    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 6:22AM
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