3/12/2010 12:03:00 AM
Inspirational French Fireplaces
Not every item in a room has to be rare, perfect or expensive, of course. If you want to create a great room, however, it is important to get a few wonderful things just right and to portion out your budget to do just that. In a living room, the fireplace is essential. Get it right and it will add major impact to your room.
Here are some photos of fabulous French fireplaces for inspiration. Which one is your favorite?
This is a classic and simple French country fireplace and I love the clean styling with the creamware plates. The herringbone bricks create such a gorgeous pattern that you really don't want much to compete with them. I also love this yummy yellow stone color which you see everywhere in Provence.
Stunning, stunning, stunning! The contrast of the edgy modern artwork in the perfectly traditional room is jaw-dropping. One of the reason it works so well is that the artwork is so tall.
Again, a beautiful piece of mordern art brings sophistication and elegance to this French style room designed by Charles Faudree.
The classic way to do up a French mantle--with a beautifully painted trumeau.
A huge simple traditional stone fireplace mantle is juxtaposed with stacked etchings, a modern sofa and pillows. They have balanced the scale of the fireplace with an enormous oil painting over the sofa.
In this room by Charles Faudree, one of my favorite designers working with French style, he has used a beautiful traditional Louis XV fireplace and stone carved over-mantle.
In this actual French house, you can see a stone fireplace in its original setting. Charming!
Charles Faudree contrasts clean modern elegance with a traditional French fireplace.
Another Charles Faudree room. The mantle is new from Formations. The scale on this fireplace is very large and would simply make any room fabulous.
This wood fireplace mantle is beautifully carved in wood.
A classic French fireplace mantle paired with a tall mirror.
Intriguing carved stonework.
The French are less enthusiastic about their antiques than we Americans are and love to add new modern elements to update their interiors. Here, a stunning modern fireplace has been added in an old country chateau.
A beautifully styled antique mantle.
Richard Lowell Neas creates a gorgeous study in blue and white in this French house. Repetition, repetition, repetition!
This new fireplace cleverly reveals portions of stone behind the plaster for a simple rustic look.
A wonderful old outdoor stone fireplace. The perfect place to enjoy supper with friends.