Before We Began
This drab fireplace had lost its luster. Dated brick and a worn wood mantel were flanked by crammed bookshelves. Instead of a focal point and cozy gathering spot, the fireplace had become tired and unwelcoming.
Porcelain tile (#486466) laid in a stacked pattern adds sleek lines to the surround. Extending the tile to the ceiling creates height and draws the eye. Much as you’d update hardware, a new fireplace door (#358248) delivers an on-trend finish and cleaner lines to the masonry fireplace. A sturdy, streamlined mantel face extends from wall to wall.
Trim It Out
Top the room with detailed moulding (#31256—moulding availability varies by store) at the ceiling to give the entire space, as well as the updated fireplace and shelves, an integrated look.
Reduce the number of shelves to increase the display area. Space above the top shelves accommodates wall art.
Dull to Dazzling Paint
The wall peeking through shelving creates a wonderful opportunity to surprise with color. Behind the shelves, soft blue (Niagara Blue, #CI 21) plays off the bolder shade on the adjacent walls (La Fonda Villa Fountain, #5002-4B) for subtle contrast.
Finish with Flair
Choose your big visuals first, such as a large print over the firebox, then fill in the rest. Divide book groupings using vases, medallions, and accents. Lay books on their sides to break things up.