by LuAnne Silvia, ASID

We recently were presented with a fun design challenge to remodel a fireplace.

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We approached the challenge to give the fireplace a makeover in the same way we approach any design project. The design process for the fireplace is outlined below

The Design Challenge:

  • Lacked focal point
  • Looked like an appliance
  • Budget solution was a concern

Our Design Concept:

  • Add visual weight to fireplace and create focal point within room
  • Add interest through mix of materials yet tie into existing finishes
  • Style to be in keeping with contemporary architecture
  • Design a moderate budget solution with high impact 

LiLu’s Solution:

  • Designed contemporary stainless steel mantle
  • Applied real stone veneer wall covering to add color and textural interest
  • Removed base and shoe so fireplace with new stone surround would appear monolithic

Tune in tomorrow as we take a closer look at the design challenges