Thursday, April 28, 2016

HOME & GARDEN Add warmth to your fireplace July 14, 2005 | Lisa Boone, Times Staff Writer For better or worse, a living room often is designed with the fireplace as its focal point, giving a utilitarian niche an incredible amount of design clout. Describing the expanse over the fireplace as "one of the most important spaces in the room," Los Angeles interior designer Mark Cutler says it should go beyond decoration. "It's such an opportunity to create a statement about what it is you want the room to be," he says, "or what your values about your home are."

For better or worse, a living room often is designed with the fireplace as its focal point, giving a utilitarian niche an incredible amount of design clout. Describing the expanse over the fireplace as "one of the most important spaces in the room," Los Angeles interior designer Mark Cutler says it should go beyond decoration. "It's such an opportunity to create a statement about what it is you want the room to be," he says, "or what your values about your home are."

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