Few things are better than cozying up in front of the fire and just unwinding after a long day or week (hey, we know you have those too). Even if the hearth at your abode isn’t functional, there’s still something about it that feels homey, which is why the right fireplace design can elevate your living space. After all, having a space that looks too “perfect” feels less than inviting, and it’s important that your home feels warm and welcoming for both you and your guests.
You see, long gone are the days that fireplaces are only meant to give off heat—although we’ll admit that it’s a major perk if they do. When decorated in a certain way, fireplaces can become a gorgeous focal point in any room. In fact, style-setters we admire are adorning them as they would a coffee table, with an assortment of eclectic mirrors, candles, sculptures, plants, and more. Unique add-ons like statement artwork and sconces are just some of the more unexpected pieces that add a little pop to the mantel.
Here is some major inspo for adding a little flair to your fireplace.
INCORPORATE NATURAL TOUCHES
You don’t always have to hide items like logs for the fire. Instead, have a special compartment installed that doubles as a piece of (functional) art. Leave some wood in the fireplace for a little extra drama, and pair it with a coffee table in a similar material.
TELL YOUR OWN COLOR STORY
In this case, the color story is an elegant turquoise with gold filigree detail. It translates to the fireplace design with a metallic-framed piece of marble. Do you also feel like you’ve been transported back to the time of Marie Antoinette?
TAKE A "MORE IS MORE" ATTITUDE
Pick a showstopping work of art like this orange graphic print, and hang it directly over the mantelpiece. There’s no need for small extras with this bold piece… A potted plant and a basket of logs add just the right amount of cozy.
HANG GILDED SCONCES
Sconces can feel a bit outdated, but not when the cobalt-blue touches in the room are this modern. Anchor the wall fixtures on either side of a framed portrait.
USE THE RULE OF THREES
You know how when you’re making a floral arrangement, you cluster blooms in threes? Well, now it’s time to do the same with your décor pieces. Let a round mirror, frame, and bud vase rest in a pretty trio nestled near the mantel.
opt for artwork
A bold statement-making piece of art like this graphic piece is a serious showstopper in itself. Add simple finishing touches like a chrome planter and a basket of firewood, and you’re good to go.
TAKE TIME TO REFLECT
A small space is opened up when you rest a (very) large mirror right on top of the fireplace. The reflection instantly makes the room seem bigger. Opt for a mantel with a bit more depth so you can scatter objets d’art across it.
PLAY WITH HEIGHT
Arrange pieces in varying heights around the fireplace. Start with an off-center pendant light, add a mirror as a backdrop, and frame either side with a plant and an assortment of small trinkets. (PS: Can you spot the cool hand sculpture?)
ADD SOME WHIMSY
A hanging floral pouf is pretty, and it plays up the plant resting on the mantel. A picture frame and a few decorative objects in similar hues elevate the space.
Which of the fireplace designs above is your favorite? Be sure to tell us in the comments.
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