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What can I do with this fireplace? Love that I can sit in it but want to improve it?
tunnarr
February 16, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Do I just open it up completely and take brick out? Need help with surround!
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Lizabeth
what does the rest of the room look like? You could get two wood benchs and place them facing each other flanking the fireplace and creating an inglenook effect.
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The Creative Man
Hi, No, leave the bricks. Is your house themed as colonial? I would update the brick area with timeless new pieces so it wouldn't look like a museum prop.
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yvonnecmartin
I agree to make it an inglenook. Look at photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright's early houses to see examples.
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njmomma
I would remove the shelf at the top of the fireplace. Remove most of your decorative items and just leave a large basket filled with kindle. Re-tile the base of the fireplace or paint the brick at the base (floor) and possibly change the wall color. Can you please show us more pictures of your room?
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cwalbrun19
Depending on your style I would suggest it might be fun to paint the brick...white or even a bold color like teal. Again, totally up to your style but it would be unique and eye catching. You may have trouble finding benches to fit as the size looks a bit tight on either side. You could have some build to the right size, however, and put cushions on them in an accent fabric or something. Cute space :-)
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rowekamp
Beautiful. I would get rid of everything that's in there now and replace with two very simple symmetrical benches (either built-in or very close to the existing dimensions) flanking the fireplace.
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tunnarr
Thanks so much everyone for your great advise! I am chuffed to bits with your comments and help! I have just moved into the house and hav a lot of work to do! I have posted some more photos of the room was thinking of putting panelling in around the room and floor to cealing bookshelves?!
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