Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Asian-Inspired Fireplace Makeovers – Before and Afters


Is your fireplace in desperate need of a makeover to give it some Asian-inspired style? Check out these dramatic Before and After photos of Asian-inspired fireplace remodels for design inspiration.

And if you’re not ready or able to do a complete overhaul? In my next post I’ll have lots of ideas you can use to add Asian-inspired style to your existing fireplace – even if it’s a non-working one. Don’t miss it!


asian inspired fireplace makeover 

asian inspired fireplace makeover before Above and at left: After and Before photos of a stunning Asian-inspired fireplace makeover by Portland, Oregon designer Kathia Emery.

The original fireplace front was cracked and tired-looking and did nothing to enhance the homeowner’s collection of Asian art and accessories.  

Emery’s makeover combined porcelain tiles with a bronze bamboo bas-relief mural and decorative border tiles below the mantel for this gorgeous, updated result.




asian family room and fireplace makeover 

Asian family room and fireplace makeover before

Above and at left: Sometimes a fireplace is more of a hindrance than a help. That was the case with the angled fireplace in this Pennsylvania family room before talented designer Shoshana Gosselin got her hands on it.

The space-robbing fireplace was demolished and replaced with an electric model surrounded by built-ins. New furniture was added and the result is a serene and contemporary Asian-themed space perfect for entertaining as well as relaxation.


 SF Decorator Showcase sitting room and fireplace makeover

  SF sitting room fireplace before

Above: After and before photos of the amazing sitting room designed by Charles de Lisle for the 2010 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Yards and yards of black and white gingham were shirred on the walls, disguising old floral wallpaper and serving as a most unexpected backdrop for a starkly spectacular space.

The old fireplace was transformed by a sleek new surround made from perforated galvanized steel. It was flanked by a pair of acid-green de Lisle chairs and decorated with nothing but a pair of vintage Michael Taylor lamps. Before photo by Charles de Lisle via SFLuxe. After photo by David Duncan Livingston.



Myrtle Grove mantel beforeAbove: A custom hand-carved mantel can add an elegant touch to any fireplace. This one by Maryland’s Myrtle Grove Furniture blends Asian with Arts and Crafts style, featuring a carved panel of black cherry leaves.

At left: This is what the fireplace looked like before. Quite a difference!




asian fireplace facade

TruStone Asian Sake fireplace facade 

Above and at left: You can also give your fireplace a dramatic Asian-inspired makeover with fireplace facades that you install yourself. This one, called Asian Sake from TruStone Facades, is available in several different colors, materials and configurations.



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