Good Questions: Ideas to Save this Fireplace?

Good Questions: Ideas to Save this Fireplace?

Aaron Able
Feb 18, 2009

Hi! I'm remodeling this apartment, the trickiest room being the living room. This decorative fireplace looks pretty sad I think and so I'm looking for ideas to make it a more pleasant sight. The living room walls are being painted in a subtle yellow. The apt is located in South Beach, Miami Beach and was built in the 30's. The fireplace's floor tiles were painted in white making it even more dull. The window needs help too, the window is being replaced by white marble. How can I make it look good!? Thanks in advance for any suggestions, Sylvie

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Even though the fireplace is non-functional and decorative only, it's the kind of character that people really like in a home — we're pleased you're trying to work with it! If the window sill is being replaced with a white marble, perhaps it would be nice to accent the fireplace in the same material? Replacing the painted-over tile with marble would help anchor the piece in the room and you could take it steps farther by tiling the fireplace interior in marble or adding a marble ledge to the mantle.

To take it even farther, perhaps semi-circular shelves (similar to the shape of the mantle) cold be installed in the corner, ascending while getting smaller? Anyone else with ideas?

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