Edinburgh ‘Before & After’ II – the fireplace in the master bedroom


Having a fireplace in a master bedroom is a luxurious touch. There was a fireplace in the room that was to become the master bedroom in the apartment I renovated in Edinburgh, but it looked drab and sorry as you can see here below. The tiles on the hearth were broken and the tiles on the fire surround had been painted an ugly matt black. The opening itself was small and totally out of proportion with the mantel.


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I thought the whole fireplace might have to be replaced but once the new cast iron surround and new hearth were in place, the existing mantel looked in proportion and only needed to be painted a crisp white to finish the look. Finally, the walls were painted in a wonderful, ethereal grey from Farrow & Ball called ‘Blackened’. This set off the mantel perfectly and provided a soothing, restful feeling for a luxurious master bedroom.


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