This Columbia Mantel fireplace transformation project was a complete success! Our clients wanted to soften the obnoxious presence of their protruding fireplace. We recommended a somewhat paradoxical solution: let's make it bigger.
By adding the overmantel above the firebox, the illusion is created that the fireplace doesn't come out so far after all. And beyond the perception of depth comes the vertical sightline from floor to ceiling which calls attention to the height of the ceiling and the spaciousness of the room.
At the time of this fireplace upgrade our Seattle Mantel was just a concept. This project allowed us to apply some more modern finishes like cove crown and angled panel mould to one of our more traditionally styled Los Angeles Mantel.
This Bachelor Pad was full of edgy decor and modern furniture, so we thought it only fitting to compliment the aesthetic with a striking mantelpiece that would act as a statement of it's own, but wouldn't distract attention away from the other prominent features in the space. When all was said and done, we were happy to contribute both an architectural feature as well as an unanticipated catwalk.
We have to hand it to these special clients; they had a vision! Unhappy with their behemoth of a fireplace jutting out aggressively into their living space, they began a conversation with us to solve both the look and usefulness (or lack thereof) of this prominent wall in their home. After a few conversations it became clear that they were on a noble quest for both form and function, beauty and utility, and that we would have to reach deep into our bag of tricks to oblige!
We designed this fireplace unit aspiring towards visual layering as to avoid making the assembly too stark and featureless, especially considering it's size and the impact it would have on the room. The fireplace mantel and overmantel were decidedly the most pronounced features, and from there, the bookshelves diminish in both depth and in vertical stature. This proved an effective approach to adding architectural features as well as softening the visual weight across the breadth of the design!
We hadn't a clue while installing this Seattle Mantel that our clients were such superior decorators! Prior to the mantel installation, the fireplace failed to capture the charm, form, and function of this fireplace/built-in cabinet combination wall. With no wood mantel surround centering the built-in cabinets, these details seemed distant and disconnected from each other.
Yet adding this modern fireplace surround did wonders in solving this visual disconnect. The mantel reaches from side to side and essentially connects the shelving units in space. Also, the paint finish adds just the right pop of bright white to liven up the room; which is especially impactful in contrast to the dark stained floors!
We see this type of fireplace all the time - bumped out into the room with recessed spaces on either side, and a 'builder's grade' fireplace mantel in the middle - just passing as a complete fireplace setup. While some people are content with the bare minimum, we say, "Nay!"
Our client wanted to keep things modern and forward thinking so we same up with a custom design which is now known as our Clybourn Mantel. In this case, we also put together some matching side cabinets to house cable boxes and other multimedia devices. Another Accolade project that serves in both form and function!!
The basic design of our Brighton Fireplace Mantel played and important role in this eclectic interior. In this Living Room our client used lots of deep colors and bold textures in the fabrics as well as the walls. The colors and patterns have an organic feel and have a relaxed vibe.
The angular design of our mantel provided a playful contrast. In a room filled with color and texture, the Brighton Mantel was a balanced counterpart that leaves one contemplating the evolutionary spirit of interior design, fabric, and fashion.