In a cafe chat with designer Pete today, he pointed out that making the fire place / fire breast from, or clad in a more textured material will add a lot to the rest of the downstairs that will otherwise be modern clean lines.
This is also likely to make the TV in the fire breast more visually hidden !
Similar to what has been done to the entrance fire at the Scarlet Hotel.
Other images below.
I like the idea 🙂