Fireplace..eyesore or asset? counter/color scheme/ design help pl
Remodeling our kitchen and 1st floor. Kitchen was open to family room which had dated brick fireplace at one end. New layout will have kitchen pushing into this space with dining table in front of fireplace, and a wall knocked down for family room to be adjacent to new dining room, see attached sketch of new 1st floor layout.
Elements in place:
Floors, golden oak stain throughout first floor…already in, can’t change.
Cabinets "Perimeter - Beaded inset shaker painted a white (BM White Dove probably, but still time to change) Small island ��" cherry stained in a coffee finish.
I had planned to completely redesign fireplace, and install cabinetry built-ins on either side, but budget tightening led me to eliminate the built ins, and to try whitewashing the dated brick to see if I liked it, it was a free solution, as opposed to the big job of covering up all the brick with stone, tile, or drywall as I had originally planned on.
So, I did it, and I think I actually do like it (honest opinions on it?), and will like it way more once there’s a new screen, new stone on hearth (soapstone?), new mantle shelf (soapstone? Painted white? Distressed wood?), and different color on walls next to it .
I am having a problem deciding how to design the kitchen around it now though. While not IN the kitchen, it’s fully visible from the kitchen and our dining table will be right in front of it. If it’s really a disaster I need to know! But, if you see the potential in it, please offer ideas for the rest of the room(s)
The counter material I love is Sea Pearl quartzite. My fabricator has a nice lot of it in stock that I can get a good price on because it’s in stock. On its own its beautiful, but I am afraid it’s a bit too green, I am not sure how to tie it in with the fireplace or if it clashes.
With the fireplace whitewashed, I’m afraid the Sea Pearl doesn’t go and it’d blend better with a more black/white/gray kitchen.
However, I tend to not really fall for the black & white kitchen look, which is why I prefer the Sea Pearl quartzite.
But, I do really like a few dark counters…honed or antiqued Jet Mist, soap stone, and possibly steal gray leathered (budget friendly but sort of boring material).
Can anyone PLEASE help me sort through this??
Sea Pearl Quartzite - Really want this, but does it clash with the fireplace or can it work? What backsplash, paint color, hardware, etc would work to tie this in with the look of the whitewashed fireplace??
Honed Jet mist or soapstone...I recognize these might look better, but I worry about maintenance with both materials. Also If I go this route, how can I warm up the space, I don’t like all black/white/gray/blueish colors, I tend to look for some warmer tones.
Do you like any of these scenes I put together? Any feedback on them would be great. I prefer Sea Pearl, and am looking for suggestions to make it work and look good with other elements, or just tell me if it clashes & the darker black/gray counters look better.
I seriously need an interior designer, I am so overwhelmed by this, but it’s just not in my budget! If there's anyone out there that likes to look at a floorplan and know a couple existing elements & then can come up with good design suggestions, I’d love to hear from you, thanks!!!