Best Tips for Decorating Fireplaces

A fireplace can be more than just a heating source. It can create the perfect atmosphere for a room and become an interesting design element. So, learn how to make your fireplace stand out prominently as a room’s focal point with the following ideas.

1. Take the Location Into Account

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Suppose you are decorating all the fireplaces in your house. Would you decorate the fireplace in your living room in the same way as the one in your bedroom? Of course, not!

This is why it is crucial to consider the location of your fireplace when planning for its decoration.

2. Picture How the Fireplace Decor Fits in With the Rest of the Room

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Whatever the style you are adopting to decorate the fireplace, it should definitely look as if it belongs to the room. It should not only fit in but should also improve the overall aesthetic of the room.

Let’s say, for example, you have a pretty rustic living room. Exposed bricks and lots of charming old wood are the perfect decorative touches that enhance the theme of the room.

But, if the decoration sticks out too much, you will most probably end up with a somehow off atmosphere.

3. Then Comes in the Décor

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  • If you want to make the mantel the star, try to minimize the number of accessories and fill the space with just a simple mirror and a few items such as glass vases or hurricane candleholders (these decorative items will most likely fade into the background, keeping the mantel as the focal point).


  • You can also make use of contrasting colors to make your mantel stand out. For example, paint the wall above the mantel a hue that contrasts with the room’s main wall color. Then, you can base that same color on another element within the space to obtain a more cohesive look.


  • If you want a neutral look, opt for blue and yellow vases and a brown wood mirror frame.


  • For those looking for a soothing fireplace décor, try to hang a mirror in the middle and a sconce on either side. You can place a large vase in front of the mirror and fill it in with some small accessories like candlesticks. In addition, you can try a mixture of white, blue and gold colors for the room.


  • When it comes to the traditional fireplace mantel décor, you need a pair of wall sconces (one mounted on each side of the fireplace) and a round mirror in the middle.


  • Do you want a Scandinavian vibe? Absolutely no problem. All you need is a stack of books and some branches and greenery from your backyard.
  • Want to go all green? Reduce the lights, add some topiary plants and even a floor plant (maybe just below the mantle).


  • Did you know that a fireplace mantel can be one of the best places to display a collection? Whether you have a collectible of pottery, sculptures, vases, you can display your favorite pieces on the mantel and you are sure to create a charming look.

4. Find the Right Balance

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Whether it’s your fireplace or a bathroom, it is very easy to overdo it on the décor. This is especially true with large fireplaces where you have enough place to add a lot of decorative elements (but you often end up with a cluttered look).

5. Use the Hearth During the Off-Season

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I don’t think I really need to tell you to be careful where you place your décor if your fireplace is in use (especially with the materials that can cause fire hazards).

However, when it is out of service, you can get even more creative and make use of the hearth. For example, the open fireplace can be blocked with a stack of wood, books or other such items. You can then place some items more closer to the fireplace (as then you won’t have to worry about heat and flames).

Will you use these tips? Please share your comments!

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