Our old fireplace was set up above a brick, stair-like structure. I'm pretty sure the casing of the fireplace hadn't been changed since the 50's when our house was built. As you can see below, it was in need of a lot of TLC.
Since Vladimir works in granite and granite is easily accessible to us at the moment, we decided to take that route. He filled in the space where the brick stair used to be with flat black granite (the same type we used in our kitchen) He installed new fireplace doors, which are tinted glass outlined in gray. He made a special square cut of granite to fit precisely around it. It's modern, clean, and fits the rest of our space perfectly.
In the future we are hoping to add some sort of mantel above the fireplace, but we're not exactly sure what type. We've been looking for a rustic piece of wood, maybe. Something like this...
Eventually we will also be setting the space up with some modern accessories... like possibly these...
Most of the modern fireplace accessories I've found are way out of our price range, so if you have any suggestions, please share!
What's your favorite type of fireplace?