When we moved last fall we knocked down a wall in the living room/family room to create one big great room. We were so happy to change the layout to better suit our needs, but since we took out the wall we were left with an off center fireplace. We pulled off the builder grade moulding because 1) we weren't really a fan and 2) I thought it would be better to take the focal point away from the fireplace to make it less obvious. We thought we might want to create a larger focal point in the room by turning the entire wall into built-ins. I still think that's probably where we will end up, but am still a little undecided about how to tackle balancing the fireplace situation. Here is where we began:
It wasn't pretty!
And here is where we are today....an improvement for sure, but still lacking a focal point, some color and general direction. There is a glaring emptiness that until now I've been ok with ignoring. But the time has come and I'm feel like we need to come up with a game plan.
At this point I know we need to do something....but still haven't decided on what that something is just yet. Here is some of my initial inspiration....
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We keep going back and forth between doing a single mantle or a double mantle to help balance the look on the wall as in the photos below....
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Problem is, I think the double mantle will make it difficult to do the built-ins. Thoughts anyone? I'm open to any and all suggestions!