If your home features a fireplace, then it is no doubt the focal point of your living room. Whether used as a traditional source of heat or lit on occasion for romantic ambiance, a fireplace can provide comfort, solace and warmth in any home fortunate enough to have one.
But, when a fireplace is not in use, it can lose some of that warmth and appeal, and actually make the room feel quite cold. That is, unless you decorate it accordingly. Fireplaces, because of the attention they draw, are a great place to begin the decorating scheme of the room. In most cases, the type of room will dictate the type of decorating theme you will want to express with your fireplace. Here are a few fireplace decoration ideas to help your hearth be a source of warmth and coziness regardless of the season.
Fireplace Decoration Ideas – The Living Room Fireplace
In the living room or family room, a fireplace is where all of the attention is instantly driven toward. For this reason, a fireplace's mantle is the perfect place to display your favorite family photos or items that are near and dear to your heart. Placing these items on your mantle means that you want these things to be noticed. Accent your fireplace by strategically positioning the fireplace tools, wood holder, andiron and fireback in eye-pleasing locations. For the holidays, hang the traditional stockings from the pine-covered mantle and place a large wreath above it for the classic, old-fashioned Christmas look.
Fireplace Decoration Ideas – The Bedroom Fireplace
Many modern homes feature a second fireplace, real or faux, in the master bedroom. While beautiful, bedroom fireplaces typically aren't as often used as the one in the family room. Therefore, position a nice large potted plant, or plants, next to the hearth to add a sense of dimension. This is also a great place to feature a mantle clock or piece of artwork. Wedding pictures displayed on the fireplace also help to add a romantic vibe to the bedroom.
Fireplace Decoration Ideas – The Kitchen or Dining Room Fireplace
If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your kitchen or dining room, there are a number of ways to decorate the hearth. From hanging pots and pans above the mantle to placing antique tea kettles, decorating the fireplace with kitchen-related items can really set the room off. In the fall, place a horn-of-plenty above the hearth or place wicker baskets on or near the fireplace. Just be sure to remove the items from the vicinity if you are planning on lighting a fire.
Fireplace Decoration Ideas – The Den Fireplace
If you have a fireplace in the den or home office, you can really have fun decorating it to match your personal style. This is where you can place your favorite craft items, books, statuettes or other personalized gifts or collectibles. Hang a flat-panel television above the mantle for a contemporary look and watch the big game while you finish up some work in the meantime.
If you are considering painting the fireplace to give a new look to the room, that is certainly an option, however, if you are entertaining thoughts of selling your home any time in the future, just be careful as most potential homebuyers appreciate the natural allure of a brick fireplace.
Dave Donovan is a freelance copywriter living in Atco, N.J. An electrician for 15 years, an injury forced him to pursue his true passion - writing.