Metrie Masters on: Fireplace Surrounds

November 14, 2018
by The Finished Space

Nights are getting longer, temperatures are dropping, and we’re enjoying evenings curled up by the fire. This got us thinking: What makes a truly finished fireplace, and how do you make it a focal point of a room all year long? So, we turned to the experts.

A handful of our Metrie Masters beautifully incorporated fireplaces into their designs for the 2017 Builder & Designer Challenge and made them the star of the room by utilizing interior finishings, stone, and forward-thinking color palettes in their work.

We have a curated roundup of our favorite fireplaces that are sure to inspire your next cozy project.

Terrene Homes

Crisp blue and white are perfectly contrasted in this dining room with stunning window and fireplace accents.

Terrene Homes masterfully updated this traditional Dutch Colonial home’s dining room with sophisticated style and livability in mind. Color contrast adds interest and depth to the room, created by pairing deep navy blue with crisp white, and it’s carried through to the fireplace and surround as well. Stacked white rock and crisp white mantle and baseboard frame the fireplace, while the lines of panel mould in navy above add height to the space.

Framed by architrave and casing, the bright white window treatment perfectly frames the nature seeping into the room. Altogether, the contemporary palette and traditional finishings and furnishings create a sophisticated, truly finished dining room ready for family gatherings.

Classic Cottages

Sharp lines carry through this entire space, from the coffered ceiling to the interior finishings.

In this wide-open great room designed by Classic Cottages, clean lines are the priority. The grid of the coffered ceiling, sharp shaker cabinets, and the bold casing and architrave pairing on the wall create a grand, contemporary feel that’s perfectly paired with the fireplace surround.

Classic Cottages maintains a white palette and clean-lined style in their fireplace, as well as carrying over the baseboard and crown moulding for consistency. Yet, while the style remains the same, the black accents create interest and the coffered ceiling leads the eye to the fireplace, making it the undeniable focal point of the great room.

Cantera Management Group

Sleek and modern, we love a marble slab fireplace.

We love traditional fireplaces with brick or stacked stone features, but this living room statement piece by Cantera Management Group really takes our breath away. A wall of polished marble stone is bold and perfectly surrounds the short, minimalist gas fireplace.

The hyper-contemporary fireplace and surround are grounded to the rest of the more subtle design with a sleek crown moulding and baseboard. We love the reflective and elegant properties of this fireplace that adds richness to a smaller living room.

Icon Construction

Soft colors and textures are the main features of this Hamptons-inspired space.

In a relaxed Hamptons-style home, classic style meets elegance. Icon Construction deftly pairs timeless interior finishings, a coffered ceiling, and a muted palette with a trendy chevron tile design in shades of grey around the sleek fireplace.

Columns on either side of the surround are topped with a simple but thick mantle and everything is painted white to reflect the flood of natural light invading the room. Minimalist and sophisticated sconces above the mantle cast a soft glow during the evening. The entire sleek fireplace is left undecorated, but in a truly finished space like this, the room is far from bare. In fact, casing and baseboard fill the room and frame the doors and windows for a polished effect.


These four fireplace surrounds are the epitome of elegant design, and we’re honored to be showcased alongside them and share them with you for inspiration! As you spend more time in the firelight, consider giving your space a facelift inspired by one of these stunning pieces.