Friday, December 16, 2011

FAQ Friday: Should I Put Slab on the Fireplace Face?

This question comes from Angie in Michigan...
"This is kind of a weird question, but I'm wondering if I should put Carrara marble slab on the face of my fireplace.  The fireplace is in my living room and I'm using the Carrara slab on the hearth.  My contractor told me it would look weird to put the slab on the face as well, but I really like this clean look.  He's saying I should do Carrara tiles.  What do you think?  I've looked online and I've seen pictures of the slab on the face and I really like it!  Thanks for your help, I have read your blog daily for probably a year now and it's helped me so much with my remodel."

Thanks for the question Angie.
I think slab on the fireplace face is absolutely beautiful.  It's a cleaner look than tile and if you like it then you should do it! 
There isn't a right or wrong answer on slab vs tile on the face, it's just a design preference.  Who cares what the contractor thinks, it's not his home.  :)

Here are some pictures of fireplaces with slab on the face...
tyne boulevard - nashville contemporary living room
Photo: Urban Grace Interiors
West Chelsea Loft modern living room
PlantAsian asian living room

Photo: Design Manifest
Thanks again Angie.  I hope this helps, I think you'll love the Carrara slab on the fireplace face. 

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Have a great weekend!

1 comment:

inner_child said...

Slab! Slab! Slab! As you can see from these beautiful pictures, it will not only not look weird, a slab will look great. I would, however ask questions of your contractor to be sure his lack of endorsement of slab is not based on lack of confidence of his ability, or that of his sub, to install the slab.
Paula ~ Mise en scène

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