I was thinking about fireplace surrounds today. So I decided to browse around a little and see what I could find. Take a look… some of these are pretty awesome!
This one totally wins the award for bringing nature into the design. I love, love, love the use of a naturally smoothed piece of wood for the mantle. I wish I could reach out and touch it!
But it’s the stonework that really ROCKS! (heh) And the way it ties in with the built-in to the right which so skillfully curves back to allow for the window. Perfection! LewFrenchStone.com
This one wins the award for integrating real art into the design, like artsy art. I’ve always been amazed by great mosaics and this one really looks cool to me.
Finish it off with some beautiful woodwork and you’ve got a winner. What’s really neat is that I think this is in a bedroom. hhmosaics
The award for great use of colors goes to this one! I really love the way the art ties-in with the wall color and the window treatments! I’m not sure which came first, the painting, or the room, but they go together perfectly!
I always find a warm place in my heart for the way bright white woodwork contrasts against colored walls. Houzz.com
This one… this one just gets the award. Period. Grand Prize for best room overall. Can you tell I like it? Light filled, beautiful woodwork, great wall color, built-in seating, cool floors. Great room.
An interesting piece of architecture to take note of is the tapered upper portion of the column. This one is done right. You see these with too much taper or not enough taper all the time. I don’t know the formula, I just know right when I see it, and this one is right. Houzz.com
Cozy and Simple goes to this one. Old brick painted white always looks good. It can be a chore to get the mortar joints painted well, but it’s worth the effort. You would definitely want to use a semi-gloss paint if you plan to build real fires. (smoke) DIYNetwork.com
The best Comfy Cottage award goes to this one! I can’t see it, but I can imagine snow on the ground outside and some hills with trees bare of any leaves (something I almost never see). I love the contrast of the green against that old brick.
Something about this one… just seems so inviting and comfortable. CountryLiving.com
So, which one is your favorite?