Often designed as the focal point of a room, the fireplace has been a popular structural feature chosen by homeowners and interior designers alike. The modern fireplace offers a dual purpose as both a design element and as a heating component for the home. The opportunity to infuse a higher level of decorative impact for the fireplace develops when the room in which it is to be placed features a high ceiling. Here are a few ideas to optimize the visual affect presented by a fireplace built in a room offering a high ceiling.
Murals & Mosaics | Since the room features tall ceilings, a lot of open wall will exist above the fireplace mantel, giving you ample space to include a large mural or mosaic display that can perform as the focal point of the room. With the mural positioned at eye level, it delivers the perfect opportunity to infuse a sense of your own style and personality into the room’s décor.
Faux Chimney | Rather than hiding the flue pipes in the wall of the room, you can build a faux chimney from the top of the fireplace to the ceiling. This strategy creates an excellent opportunity to take advantage of decorative choices in natural stone to enhance the overall appearance of this living space. You might also want to consider faux stone since the weight of natural stone could limit how far up the wall you can reasonably go without risking problems in which the heaviness of the stone weakens the overall structure.
Traditional Mantel | For homeowners who prefer the traditional appearance of a fireplace that features a mantel, the tall ceiling doesn’t need to be a hindrance. You can still design a mantel that is set at shoulder height and styled to hold decorative accents. A large painting can be placed in the center of the open space above the mantel to fill in the open area that remains.
Summing Up | The placement of a fireplace within a tall-ceilinged room should blend both functionality and design in order to achieve a pleasant result. Murals, mosaics, faux chimneys, mantels, and oversized paintings can all be used to enhance the overall effect.