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I met with a new client today. She is lovely as are her gorgeous two young children and super nice down to earth husband. They have an underused front living room, which is in need of some warmth and light. Their first priority is to add a fireplace. They have the chimney so the construction won’t be nearly so traumatic.
Their style is relaxed, comfortable, leaning towards the warmth and feel of a farmhouse. Everything must be kid-friendly. They love their pale peach room and taupe sofas but are asking for an all white fireplace to match the existing trim. The room is small as is the fireplace wall, so the scale of the fireplace will need to be small as well.
Here are some of my initial inspiration fireplaces – not necessarily at the correct scale. Of course, I will be providing the clients with an original design. After I draw it and get the clients’ approval, I will post it for you.
This may be a bit too traditional for the client but she likes the idea of an arch in the brick pattern. I like how the mantel is not over cluttered.
I love this arch and the way the bricks go to the ceiling, but this raised hearth would be a tripping hazard for her young children. The candles would be fine, lit at night while the kiddos are sleeping. After a long day, it would be very romantic to be curled up on the sofa with a good book, warm glow of the candles and a glass of wine.
I am all about the stark contrast of the black brick/black flat hearth and the simple stained wood mantel with the super white fireplace surround. This design feels a bit farmhouse with a modern twist. My favorite piece here is the starburst mirror above.
The accessories and their asymmetrical placement make this traditional fireplace more ‘now’.The great mirror and the use of polished chrome add to the wow factor. And I am all about the family-friendly glass fire screen and nearly flush hearth.
Again this is a bit too traditional, elegant and fussy for the client’s taste. What’s drawing me here is the grey. I can see grey being used with the peach room. But how?
I think using gray stone in a brick pattern could work, though I would want to warm it up with accessories. Now to draw and present the grey concept and two white brick options to the clients…