Consider | Concrete Fireplace

Jacqueline Corea, principal of Corea Sotropa Interior Design, shares tips and inspiration for a traditional and contemporary designed fireplace and suggests your consider a concrete fireplace!—>>

Fireplaces are a natural focal point in any room and something I get really excited about designing. One of my favourite materials to use for fireplace mantles, surrounds and hearths is concrete. Many of my clients are surprised when I suggest concrete because it is not a product they are familiar with. Often concrete surrounds are mistaken for carved stone, or even tile. It’s amazing what can be made from this basic building material.

Companies that specialize in fireplace surrounds will have existing casts with ornate or modern designs that can be customized to fit the size of your fireplace. Select something that suits the overall concept of your room. For this French Country inspired family room an ornate surround with columns was selected. Concrete can also be used on the area above the mantle, called the over mantle. Concrete tiles mimicking limestone where installed on this over mantle to create a stunning focal point.

Concrete can be stained in many shades from dark to light. For this traditional living room fireplace surround a light shade was selected to coordinate with the mouldings and cornices used throughout the room. This light colour is reminiscent of a carved marble mantle. Another benefit of concrete is that it is less expensive than a custom carved stone surround


Building codes require specific distances between the opening of the firebox and combustible materials, like wood. Therefore, there are certain limitations when designing a wood mantle. Since concrete is a non-combustible material, there are fewer limitations. Also, concrete surrounds are often customized to suit the size of your fireplace. By using concrete your design options open up.

Your fireplace is a wonderful spot to add architectural interest and drama. Concrete mantles and fireplace surrounds are an incredible choice with multiple options. When you are designing your fireplace consider this incredible material.

Corea Sotropa, author of this feature, is a Interior Design firm in Calgary, Alberta. Jacqueline would love to talk to you about designing a space expressly for you.

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2 Responses to “Consider | Concrete Fireplace”

  1. angela allen Says:

    Hello Ms.Corea … My name is angela allen,I attend Alexander Hamilton High School and I am going into my senior… I have recently realized that I have a natural passion for interior decorating…. When I was younger around the age of 5 I would always watch HGTV and look foward to watching all the shows my favorite show was Divine Design with,Candace Olsen….. I even used to renovate and change my room around it was lime green and the same orange that is used in your work above…. the,reason why I am saying all of,this is because I am a foster child and I want to prove to everybody that im going to become somebody in life and that I wont struggle… Growing up as a child have not been easy for me it was always a struggle but I am outgoing girl I always have a smile on my face no matter what… I love colors, all colors… If someone were to give me the rainbow my imagination,would really go insane haha… But overall I just really would appreciate a mentor who knows the ins and outs of interior design and has commited incredible works of .. And ive searched and searched but was not satisfied with any other designer but yourself…


  2. John Sanders Says:

    I love this kind of arrangement. I will keep this in mind when I re-arrange the living room.


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