Real Life Rooms: Decorating Around a Fireplace with Built-ins

Decorating around a Fireplace | Fireplace Built-in Shelving

Hey there Remodelaholic readers! Dawn here, from AD Aesthetic, and I’m back this month with another reader question mockup to hopefully inspire some creative ideas for your space. If you’ve missed any of my previous reader question mockups, you can always see all my posts here.

If you follow Remodelaholic on Facebook, you’ve probably seen several of the reader questions that are submitted every month. Well each month here on Remodelaholic, I choose one reader submitted photo to offer my two cents on, and I create a Photoshop mock up of what I would do if I were in your shoes! (Pssssst— you can submit your reader questions by messaging Remodelaholic on Facebook!)

First though, my standard disclaimer: While I can recommend ideas that I think look nice, I have never seen this house in real life and don’t have accurate measurements. I am also not an architect or landscaper and do not know the planting recommendations for your area- I just like to make things look nice. I can’t guarantee that any of the items I put in my ‘virtual’ design will actually work in real life (or that they’ll fit your design style for that matter), and this is not intended to be a professional design consultation. So think of this as a just-for-fun rendering that hopefully gets your wheels turning and provides some inspiration!

On to the fun!

We recently moved into this house and I am struggling to find out what to do with the wall around the fireplace. I was considering built ins but any suggestions would be so helpful! I also painted the green marble white this pic is a little older.


Fireplace walls can be a challenge for sure, but they are also a great opportunity to create something eye catching that really makes a statement!

Beautiful Fireplace Built-in Shelves

Before I got started on Chaeli’s design dilemma, I went in search of some fireplace built-in inspiration from around the web:

Fireplace Built-in Shelving Inspiration
Image Source: Inspired by Charm | Photo Credit: Michael Wurm, Jr.
Fireplace Built-in Shelving Inspiration
Image Source: Thrifty Decor Chick | Photo Credit: Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick
Fireplace Built-in Shelving Inspiration
Image Source: Design & Build By Sicora via Houzz | Photo Credit: Andrea Rugg
Fireplace Built-in Shelving Inspiration
Image Source: Home Bunch | Photo Credit: John Cornegge 
Fireplace Built-in Shelving Inspiration
Image Source: The Lily Pad Cottage | Photo Credit: Kelly @ Lily Pad Cottage

Sufficiently inspired, here is one more look at what we were working with, followed by what I came up with to flank the fireplace in Chaeli’s new home:




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Rug | Basket | Blanket | Hanging Plant
Lamp | Artwork | Faux Succulent | Blinds

Tips for Designing Fireplace Built-Ins

The small high windows on either side of the fireplace are a feature I really love in this room. So to make them stand out and feel intentionally placed, surrounding them with built in storage is a great option. A beefed up mantle and closed cabinets with wooden tops brings some warmth and visual interest to the built in, as well as making it look very custom. To balance out the windows and add some much needed height, I would create floor to ceiling bookcases in the corners of the room.

The combination of open and closed storage, as well as plenty of mantel display areas, really gives you a lot of options for decor and storage, making this solution functional and pretty too!

So what do you think? What would you do if this were your home?

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As always, thank you to Cassity and the Remodelaholic team for having me back each month. If you like this post, and have a design dilemma you’d like me to mock up some ideas for, you can ask your questions by sending Remodelaholic a message over on Facebook, or checkout my mockup design services over on my site And be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram and say hello! Have a great day, friends!


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Dawn is one half of the team behind the creative blog, AD Aesthetic. By day she works as the VP of Creative for a design and marketing company (getting paid to make things look good!), while by night she renovates her Midwest home, refinishes thrift-store furniture for fun, and works with her husband on raising two tiny humans. Dawn believes in the potential to design your surroundings and your life one day at a time, and lives by the motto, 'Make everything beautiful.' Get to know her better by visiting her blog,, or following along on Facebook and Instagram.

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