I got all of my window casings installed yesterday (I added a picture to the end of yesterday’s post), and now my attention has turned to my fireplace. Before I can install the crown moulding in the dining room, I need to figure out exactly what I want to do with my fireplace. I’ve been thinking about different fireplace overmantel design options that would look good with my fireplace, and I’ve found several that I really like, but I’m still not sure which one would be best in my dining room.
For reference, here’s how my fireplace looks. This is an old picture, but the fireplace is still the same except that I removed the hearth.
For a while now, I’ve been planning on doing something like this…
That fireplace is very similar to mine in design and style, and I like that the overmantel would tie in with my music room ceiling. My vision was to carry that design element through the house by using it on the overmantel in the dining room, the ceiling in the music room, and the walls in the hallway.
But several people (including my mom 😀 ) have said that it doesn’t really go with my fireplace and dining room (I’m still not sure that I agree), but I want to have an open mind. So I started looking for other inspiration for my fireplace overmantel. I started by going back to the fireplace that inspired the design of my own fireplace. I still really like this fireplace, but mine has gotten a facelift since I originally built it, and so mine has quite a bit more trim on it, and has a much more traditional look to it.
So I’m not sure how that overmantel would work on my fireplace, and I think the evenly spaced sections on the overmantel remind me a little too much of board and batten. But I did find this variation that I really like. The smaller sections on the outside are perfect for sconces, and the bigger inside section kind of frames a piece of artwork.
But I’m not sure if my fireplace is wide enough for that design. By the time I section off the three sections, I think I’d only have room left for some incredibly skinny sconces and very small artwork.
And that dilemma led me to this design, with the one framed section in the middle. I like that it’s a very clean and simple design.
I also really like this design. I could use trim on the overmantel to mimic the design and proportions of the actual fireplace. My only concern is that this one might make it difficult to hang artwork on the overmantel. But I really do like the design.
I think that one might be better with a fireplace that is much simpler in design, like the one in the photo. Since my fireplace has much more design detail than that one, I almost think that the overmantel needs to be simpler in design.
Now right at this very moment, this one is my absolutely favorite. I love the idea of incorporating a mirror into the overmantel to reflect light and make the room look bigger. And I think that I could still hang artwork or some decorative item on top if I want to.
So those are the options (and small variations of these options) that I’m considering at this point. Like I said, I’m still not convinced that my original idea won’t work. I mean, the fireplace with the slatted overmantel is so similar to mine, and I think it looks awesome. And I’m still kind of stuck on the idea of repeating that design element in the dining room, music room, and hallway. BUT, I’m flexible. Kind of. 🙂 But I really need to make a decision pronto, because I just have a little bit of wall trim to finish up now that my windows are trimmed out, and then I’ll be ready to start building the overmantel. And I can’t very well get started until I know what direction I’m heading.