Monday, February 2, 2015

From Brick To Stone: A Fireplace Make Over By Fiorito Interior Design

One of the components of a recent remodel for some clients was a fireplace in a family room/kitchen area. As you can see in the image below, the fireplace had an ugly brick face--but what you don't see is the brick mantel and floating shelves made of the same brick, removed by the contractor in preparation for a gorgeous new gold and grey stacked stone face. We also removed an unsightly pellet-burning stove that sat outside of the fireplace.

Once we picked a stacked stone we liked that had a nice amount of warm and cool colors, a pleasing rustic profile, and a uniformly slim cut...

... my client and I were able to go to a stone yard and pick out some slabs of slate for the raised hearth. We tried some of the lighter tones to see if they would play well with the gold in the stacked stone, but none of them felt right. As you can see in the finished fireplace at the bottom of this post, we chose a light grey which seemed to ground the entire fa├žade quite well.

The end result looks so much more sophisticated yet retains a casual, organic warmth. You can see in the first photo at the top of the post that we installed some recessed ceiling fixtures to wash light down the front of the fireplace breast, to highlight the beautiful rough texture  and bring out the lovely, almost sparkly gold tones.

This fireplace is adjacent to a kitchen remodel I created for my clients which will be featured here soon. Stay tuned...

Happy designing!

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