The photos below are one of the best visual examples of Imbalance of Colour and Scale that I found when searching through my portfolio. The homeowner inherited this dated fireplace and didn't know what the problem was - she only knew that she didn't like it. During the initial consultation, the first mistake I noticed when I entered the room was that the cedar was heavier in visual weight and made it appear top heavy.
The second mistake was that the walls on either side were painted different colours causing a feeling of "busyness" and "disconnect." I recommended that she remove the cedar and drywall above the fireplace but she opted to drywall over the existing one and purchase a wall hung electric fireplace. Because of my experience, I knew that this change would inhibit placing art above the fireplace (this was now the art) so I selected a vibrant red paint colour to attract the eye and create a strong focal point. I also suggested that she paint the left wall the same colour as the right to create harmony and correct the imbalance of colour and scale. Then I recommended she paint over the dated tile on the hearth a strong black to ground the fireplace to modernize it and complement the black frame above. The results were amazing and there is no question where the focal point is! The room was also greatly improved with my additional ReDesign services. See Kelowna Condo ReDesign. Additional tip: placing a mirror above a fireplace is a mistake if it does not reflect something worth viewing.
Shelley Theresa Ollinger, CRSS