bookshelves around a fireplace with a vaulted ceiling

montanaboDecember 29, 2009

I am looking for help regarding design ideas for adding bookshelves around my fireplace. The fireplace is in the center of the wall of our diningroom/living room. The room is approximately 40feet long with a 18ft vaulted ceiling.

My problem is that the wall also has two large picture windows - one on either side of the fireplace.

I had thought to take the bookshelves all the way to the ceiling, but that is a very steep angle coming back down to the windows. My second option is taking the bookshelves straight across to match up to the top of the windows, but then the mantel is significantly lower. My third option is to build the bookshelves to the same height as the mantle, but that literally chops the wall in half.

Has anyone else run into a similar problem or does anyone have an idea?

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annzgw

How tall are the walls, and do you have any pics of the area?

My initial thought is to take them to the ceiling and frame out with molding but it all depends on height of the windows and walls.

Try posting over at the Home Decor forum for more input.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 11:13AM
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jkom51

They'll look best at window-top height. It will 'frame in' the fireplace and give it emphasis as a design element. I'd use something non-rectangular over the fireplace, to offset all the rigid lines.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 3:20PM
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reyesuela

I agree with jkom51.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2010 at 8:10AM
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pamghatten

Here's what I have .. and it works for me, but my windows are small ..

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 12:29PM
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    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 5:05PM
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likewhatyoudo

Current Great room

Inspiration picture for remodel

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 9:25AM
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likewhatyoudo

Just wanted to post a picture since we are almost done with our remodel

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 11:29AM
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suz1023

it's beautiful! classy, elegant and calm. i really like it.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 12:06AM
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