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We have taken a step back and removed all previous decor from our large fireplace chimney. The surface is stucco. The color, as are the walls, is Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige. The trim is SW Bright White. The hardwood floor is dark cherry. The fireplace has real oak logs but is not used.
There is one recessed light above the fireplace but it causes terrible shadowing. The lighting issue is under review by a consultant. We do no anticipate a quick nor easy solution.
Please suggest how to best decorate our large chimney. NOTE: We do not want a mantel and surround. We envision a large painting or metal tree sculpture. Also, possibly a flat thin (as in depth) horizontal board or metal bar to break up the vertical space.
Please feel free to suggest anything you think will enhance this area. Additional photos and answers to your questions are available.
Thank you.
 

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There used to be murals made for wall applications.

They went on like wall paper, from a rolled up sheet, and usually came in sections.

They were many different scenes available, from wildlife, to city scapes, pastoral, oceans, darned near anything that you could imagine, could be printed and pasted up.


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I see in one pic that you had a mantel at one time.
Would you consider putting it back up only higher up
than the pic shows?
A mantle give you so much more decorating leeway.
For instance the piece that I linked to, would go in the middle
over the mantel, then a couple of pieces of pottery
and perhaps a southwestern candle or small statue.

For years we didn't have a mantle, all I had was a clock in
the middle, then we made a mantle and it changed our lives! :smile:
I'm always re-arranging it. The only thing that stays all the time
is a walnut mantle clock that our son made for us.
Think about it.
 
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Oh, so you are going to put up a mantle?
That will looks nice. Have you given thought to
how thick and how high and how wide you want
the mantle?
My suggestion is to cut it out of oaktag and mock it up
to see how high and how wide you want it to be.
Is your ceiling eight foot high?
 

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Oh, so you are going to put up a mantle?
That will looks nice. Have you given thought to
how thick and how high and how wide you want
the mantle?
My suggestion is to cut it out of oaktag and mock it up
to see how high and how wide you want it to be.
Is your ceiling eight foot high?
Yes, the ceiling is 8'. What is oaktag?
 

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Heavy paper...You could use anything, newspaper, wrapping paper,
etc...Hmmm...even aluminum foil would work.Tape it up and move it up and
down and live with it awhile until you find the height you like.

How thick do you want it? Ours is about 3 1/4" thick.
One you settle on a thickness, then the depth of your mantle
is next...I think ours is about
9 1/2" deep. Then the length needs to be figured out...
have fun with it. :smile:
 
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Heavy paper...You could use anything, newspaper, wrapping paper,
etc...Hmmm...even aluminum foil would work.Tape it up and move it up and
down and live with it awhile until you find the height you like.

How thick do you want it? Ours is about 3 1/4" thick.
One you settle on a thickness, then the depth of your mantle
is next...I think ours is about
9 1/2" deep. Then the length needs to be figured out...
have fun with it. :smile:
Could you please post a photo of your mantel?
 

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Yes, sore thumb, I'll post a mantle pic later today. However, our mantle is plain.
We made it out of walnut. No brackets (yet :smile:) but I'm always
thinking about.
I see that you have mantles over your windows.We have mantles over our
Windows, doors, between rooms, over our big tv...heck even our mantles
have mantles.:smile:

Your room is masculine. Like your room, our family room is masculine as well,
it's a blend of masculine and feminine spirits.
We have a leather couch recliner and two leather chairs, also two fabric
chairs and a stone fireplace.. I see that you have a fabric couch and two
leather recliners. I like that mix of fabrics. I also like that you have
lots of Windows and that the room gets a lot of natural light. And the cherry
floor is gorgeous.:thumbup:

Did you remove that mantle? It was too low, I think a higher mantle for
your fireplace is better. Your hearth and fireplace opening is low, so the
mantle can't be too high up.
This is why I suggested a paper mock up. You
can move it up and down, until it looks good. I think that was the hardest
part of our mantle decision -- how high to make it. I had to
know that in advance as our fireplace is stone, so the mantle was scribed
to the stone, ( both the top and bottom of the mantle had to be scribed)
Luckly, for you, you can still change your mind on the placement
after the mantle is made, You'll have the option of moving it up or down.

What do you mean about a mirror...You want a mirror on the Fireplace?
How wide is your Fireplace? Can you post more pics of the rest of your room?
 

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Found a couple of old pix ... here is one.
The fun part of a mantle is being able to
change the decor on top. The mantle
clock always stays, however, the rest of
the stuff changes off quite a bit. :smile:
 

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Close up of the walnut. It's darker than the rest of the furniture in
the room which is a lighter QS and rift sawn oak. I wanted it to
be darker.
Actually, we made the mantle from QS oak, and I didn't
like it, it lacked pizzaz, so we made it over again in walnut!
:plain: crazy, I know...that's why I learned to mock up everything
and do sample stain pieces before finishing the final piece.

Here is a closeup of the mantle. This is natural walnut, no stain.
Just a hand rubbed finish of a mix that I made from linseed oil, poly,
and terpentine. It has several hand rubbed coats.
 

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