Our remodeling plan always included putting built in cabinets and hutches as well as a mantle. Recently we found a corner desk with these side pieces that fit the function of how we use spaces. The left side isn't as wide as I wanted and neither are tall enough. How bad is the size next to the huge fireplace? Does the black/stained color work best vs. stained wood or white (as in kitchen)? I like contrast.
I think the mantle would look good as a distressed beam with iron brace supports. Any suggestions? Should it be full width of brick since the firebox is off center (another fireplace in opposite room) or 6" in from corner or so? What do i do with the blank brick?