We're building a Craftsman styled/inspired house and trying to figure out what to do for a mantel here in the library living room. For reference, the hearth is 72 inches wide and about 16 inches high. The ceiling is vaulted - at the walls it is 10 ft high and about 14 ft high at the center of the vault.
Upon entering the house, one walks a couple of steps, turns left through an arch opening from the foyer and this is what you see. I like to do something with the mantel and fireplace such that it makes an immediate impact to someone walking in. But in keeping with the rest of the house and the way we live, we want something that is a little understated (ie not over the top). I was thinking something "hefty" and substantial looking but very simple.
I've seen mantels where it is just the shelf and I've seen ones with the legs as well.
We looking to use Kotah Blue (more green than blue) limestone for the surround. Most likely going to use honed absolute black granite or leathered absolute black granite for the hearth seat.
But not quite sure how to think about this. I would appreciate your always helpful advice.