The fireplace is a natural focal point for the room and as such it alone can make your room fabulous. In a Classical room with panels it determines the layout of the panels and the design of the overmantle. The use of an overmantle calls attention to the height by visually connecting the ceiling and floor, particularly if it includes a mirror. This works extremely well in today’s Great Rooms with two-story walls.
In this example, the client asked us to redesign their standard fireplace to compliment the mirror they purchased.
We painted a faux marble around the hearth opening and mantle duplicating the marble in front of the hearth. We painted the finish on the mirror on the fireplace and added composition Ornament from Decorators Supply in the same gold as the mirror. Our very special touch was a faceted quartz cabochon to the central feature of the ornament.
The client wanted a new design for the overmantle and to change the finish on the fireplace and attached built-in to compliment their furnishings.
We designed a beautiful overmantle using an antiqued mirror built into a classical panel design incorporating a combination of our French Renaissance corner ornaments with a handsome focal point ornament and narrow side panels with coordinated ornament. To antique the mirror we used Antique Mirror Patina Solution. We chose a neutral color for the finish to create an elegant palette with an aging glaze and subtle pale gold highlights.
The client wanted us to add ornamentation to the fireplace and built-in cabinet transforming it from ordinary to extraordinary without changing the color.
We chose appropriate ornament based on the function of the room and the architecture of the home. The ornament on the top of the cabinet is a plaster piece from Decorators Supply. The ornament used on the cabinet doors and fireplace was all composition ornament from Decorators Supply as well.
We also added ornamentation to embellish this fireplace. Notice we found the same ornament that is on the andirons.
We love using cabochons with ornamentation to compliment the stone used with the fireplace. In this case the granite was accented.