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Design Dilemma

Does a fireplace have to be the centre of a room?.

stenieJanuary 9, 2013
I have a small family room off my kitchen,next to a dining area.There is a corner fire place with the tv over it.We have 3 recliner chairs,which doesn't give much seating. .I would like to put in a sectional sofa,add a recliner and put a gas fireplace( bumped outside) on a side wall with a small tv over it. The only trouble is there are french doors at the end of the side wall.The tv will not face the sofa,but hopefully we can put it on an arm for extension.Any ideas? My husband says,leave the fireplace the centre of the room..Should I listen:))
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
Hi Steni. Which wall do you want the fireplace to go on? Are you having the fireplace built in permanently? What are the dimensions of the room? If I look at the photos am I right assuming that the fireplace will go to the left of those french doors? If so can you attach a photo of that entire wall.
    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 2:12PM
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It doesn't have to be the focal point, but you don't want to block it off either.
    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 2:25PM
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I don't think you've posted a pic of the wall you want to put the new FP on. Would help to see it.
    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 2:45PM
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Hi Carolyn,yes it will be a permanent fire place on the wall with the two prints.The room is about 20feet long x10 feet wide,open to another 10 feet where the dining table is..thanks. Ps I feel that this space isn't being utilized as much as it could
    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 2:50PM
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The fireplace not centered is fine. The TV on an arm that you would need to pull out to view is a deal breaker for me.
    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 2:56PM
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
My first reaction is that this would not be the wall to put the fireplace on and I don't think you will gain anything by doing so. If you were to make major changes, like removing the window and putting the fireplace in the centre and then a window on either side, that would make sense. But as it is now you would be best, even though it's not perfect, leaving the fireplace where it is. Then I would paint all the same colour and not one colour on the left and a different colour on the right of the fireplace.

I'm assuming the sectional will back will be on the wall opposite the wall in the shot above, and then swing around towards the french doors, correct?

Not sure where you are, but you might be best advised, before you spend money on renovations, to have a professional from your area come in and do a proper plan for you.
    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 2:59PM
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Thank- you...wish you were in my area:)
    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 3:54PM
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HI - I love the colors you have used , very pretty . Can you post new photos of your room with a picture of each wall taken with your back to each wall looking out to the center of the room. Hope you know what I mean . Thanks
    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 4:09PM
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