Anyway, we decided to upgrade the tile around the fireplace insert and raise it off the ground about 12 inches. I’m SO glad we did that because in our vast, cavernous space, we needed it higher up to be proportionally correct. I have been thinking about this project for longer that we have even lived here–I even built a tiny mockup version of a mantel awhile ago haha. But here are some of my inspiration photos (click on photos for source). You can find all of these on my Home Projects Pinterest Board also.