This is Angela's soon-to-be living room. she wants a new take on the fireplace.
First, the gold tone of the actual fireplace? Must go. The brick can go either way.
Here are a couple of non-brick options.
All wood mantle. Make sure it makes a statement with lots of levels and textures.
All wood with a metal center.
Stone-not one of my personal favorites but a classic none the less. I think that this option demands a floor to ceiling approach.
All stone. Likely very expensive, but gorgeous.
Wood with tile.
The fireplace has a lot of brick. Personally, I don't think it is necessary to get rid of all of it.
You could get rid of the raised ledge and cover a good portion of the brick with a wood mantle.
Painting the brick white is a current trend.
You can't see this one well but it has almost the same color brick as what Angela will be inheriting.
Paint the brick white and add a full wood mantle.
A more colonial option.
A good example of exposed natural brick with a wood mantle.
And one last fireplace!
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