I'm redoing the brick fireplace into a modern contemporary design on a budget. Pictures are the work in progress, so far I have removed top half of brick, drywalled and wired for big screen TV, increased shelf thickness from 1 1/4 inch to 2, and primed. The entire room including wainscot will be white (I think). I still have to do the lower fireplace face, in 12x24 tile, soft white with some grey accents, mantel and hearth in a dark grey matt tile, and enlarging mantel (would prefer one piece stained concrete for both but not to be). Ok, some questions:
I still don't like the upper right and left corners with the gentle curve and faux beam above it, not edgy enough (the room has 3 beams that so the upper left and right short ones are there to continue that theme), any idea on how to modify the upper left and right for a better look than curve and beam?
If went with a white room should the beams also be white or some other color? (They are white now) I could also clad them in real wood and stain so that's also an option but my wife would hate the idea if they are dark.