Lit | A Fireplace |

Do y’all know what was one of the top requests we got last year for help? The Fireplace. Rightfully so, as they usually serve as the focal point for a room. Traditional brick and white mantels are still classic and timeless, however if you want to make a statement, we have a few looks to get you lit… with excitement!

Fireplace Accent Wall - Catherine French Design
Fireplace Accent Wall with Asymmetrical Mantle - Catherine French Design
Fireplace Accent Wall with Chevron - Catherine French Design

The first consideration are architectural details, like moulding, the mantel, and built-in shelves, that can all add depth and interest. You’ll want to make friends with a fabulous carpenter who can help you bring your trim visions to life. (Ain’t nobody wants a wall of sloppy shiplap.)


Chevron Tile Fireplace Surround - Catherine French Design

Don’t be afraid to step out of the box from the typical slab surrounds and move to something more custom – tile.  Patterns, as well as color, make a huge design statement with a tile surround.  Herringbone and chevron add movement and a change in scale to balance out the firebox.

Modern High Contrast Fireplace - Catherine French Design

Chevron too basic? Go bold and pattern it up!  This look brings the drama front and center. Bring balance back into the space with white walls and minimal decor. We’re here to help tie it all together!


Styled Fireplace Built-in - Catherine French Design

An adjacent built-in bookshelf completes the look of a focal point wall.  This is the best look for creating a cozy room with a fireplace. Especially if you love to display your objects. Finding the right balance of books, decor, and “white-space” is the key when styling. We love a good #shelfie – show us what you’ve done!

“Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost

Need help sourcing materials for you updated fireplace or living room in your home? Shoot us an email at and we will be happy to help.

Do you wanna see more of what we can do?  Check out… Kitchen Combos, Blue is the New Black, or Eclectic Retreat

Image credits: Feature, Accent Wall 1, Accent Wall 2, Accent Wall 3, Herringbone Tile, Chevron Tile, High Contrast 1, High Contrast 2Built-in 1, and Built-in 2

Catherine French Design is a team of interior design consultants based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We have provided residential and commercial services in North Carolina and along the Eastern Seaboard.

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Catherine’s Bio

Cat has a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. She has designed spaces for others for years and launched Catherine French Design to fill those design needs throughout the community. She is originally from Winston-Salem. However, now she and her family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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