help me decide (with pictures)

vo2maxJuly 8, 2009

I am demoing a tile hearth on my fireplace and then am installing hearth / stacked stone. I cannot decide on how "wide" to install the stacked stone to the left and right of the fireplace opening (the hearth will remain the same size regardless). Currently, the fireplace sits out about four inches from the wall and the current left and right surround is only four inches wide (beyond the gas fireplace frame). So, I will build out the current surround (so that it also sits four inches from the wall) but I am unsure how wide to make it.

The wider pictures shows a mockup if I would extend the surround out to almost the width of the hearth and the "box" that is above the fireplace. The hearth and the "box" extend eight inches from the wall, so the left and right surround will not be the same depth.

The narrower picture shows a mockup if I were to extend the surround to just four inches from the edge. That is the same width as the black frame on the left and right side (frame) of the fireplace.

Any thoughts? I think the narrower choice would be a safer decision. But the wider choice could be a bigger/bolder statement.

Thanks! And please excuse the mess. ;)

Version 1 : Wide

Version 2 : Narrow

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Although this is probably not what you want to hear, I think either one looks fine (although if I had to choose I'd pick the wider one)- however, what bothers me is that you have no stone and mantel above the opening, or is that just the rendering? IMHO, it looks out of proportion not to have the stone above the opening too - looks like something is missing.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2009 at 5:40PM
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I agree that it looks odd without anything above the fireplace. I didn't expect to, but I kind of like the smaller surround better. It's hard to tell from the picture how big your room is, but if it's not that big a full-width surround might seem overpowering. But either way that stone is going to be beautiful.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2009 at 1:39AM
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i think either one is fine but I slightly prefer the narrower one.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 3:57PM
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