Good Question: What to do with this fireplace?

Good Question: What to do with this fireplace?

Gregory Han
Jul 31, 2007

I have a new client that has this rounded working fireplace. What do you think I should do with it (besides replacing the screen). The room is going to be painted so should I just paint the fireplace the same as the rest of the walls and leave it at that or should a do something else with it? --Anne

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Anne - What a great feature! It made me think of traditional adobe fireplaces so I've included some pictures with more subtle/traditional paint jobs. You might also think about extending the hearth (is there a hearth?) and mantle to give it more presence and a place to sit.

If you really want it to stand out, you could paint it with a bright lacquered finish that is different from the wall color. I also happen to have a soft spot for flat rock tiles and included a reference.

What do the rest of you think? Tiles? Texture? Paint it the same?

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