Decorators tell us that in order to accentuate a room, we should choose a focal point and build everything else around it. If you’re fortunate enough to have a fireplace, you have a built-in focal point.
For generations, families have gathered ’round the fireplace to while away time, visit, and relax. You can celebrate the history of the fireplace by making it central to your decorating scheme. You can accomplish this in five simple steps:
- Pare down your belongings. When there are too many elements in one room, they compete for visual attention. Remove those pieces of furniture that rarely get used, the old collection you spend more time dusting than appreciating, and other extraneous items that do nothing to add to the function of the room.
- Play favorites. Choose the seating that is most loved and most used. It might be a comfortable chair and ottoman, sofa, or loveseat. Consider this piece of furniture your “anchor,” and place it so that it is parallel to the fireplace and just far enough away to receive a comfortable level of heat on a cold night.
- Decide how you’re going to use the room and arrange remaining seats accordingly. If the room is primarily used for conversation, place the remaining pieces so that they face the anchor piece. If you plan to watch television in this room, turn the remaining pieces slightly so that everyone can view the screen, but conversation can still take place.
- Once your seating is in place, position coffee tables, end tables, shelves and other storage. Again, the trick is to make sure that no other element competes for visual attention with the fireplace. If you have a large, dramatic piece, you might want to consider relocating it to another room.
- Keep the lights low. Harsh light too close to your fireplace can diminish the magic of natural firelight. Position lamps around the room in a way that creates ambiance without clashing with the fireplace.
Well folks, the weather is officially changing. As of a few days ago, we’re into fall & it appears that Mother Nature is right on cue with cooler temperatures every day! We just turned on our furnace for the first time this weekend and those of us with fireplaces … I’m sure lighting those isn’t too far behind!
If you’re looking for some information & inspiration as fireplace weather gets closer & closer, we suggest that you hop over & read the Fireplace Design And Decorating Ideas blog post from Simone over at HomeSpirations!
She’s got lots of great information, opinions, & ideas … as well as lots of beautiful pictures to inspire you. Here’s just one, but she’s got plenty more:
The advice that goes with this photo is “An alternative to painting your surroundings is to color coordinate with the rest of a room using tile.” She has little tips & tricks & bits of advice with almost every single picture! It’s so great to have a visual to go along with what she says! (I wish more home decor folks would do that!)
Read More Here: Fireplace Design And Decorating Ideas from Simone at HomeSpirations
Okay, this post by the folks over at The Lettered Cottage isn’t exactly brand new. In fact, it’s actually a few years old. BUT … it’s awesome & I just saw it for the first time today. I thought you all would want to see how you can completely and totally change the way your fireplace looks. And uh … Kevin & Layla did it for $82. So let’s be real about how we can all afford that.
So here is a “before” picture from their blog. Layla is measuring the hearth on their wow-that’s-a-really-ugly-before fireplace. (Source)
And here is just ONE of the “after” pictures. Let’s talk about how if I hadn’t seen the step-by-step, I’d think they were showing me a completely unrelated fireplace. (Source)
Read more: Go to The Lettered Cottage’s post entitled “My $82 Fireplace Makeover.”
It might be several years old, but it’s absolutely still worth a read!
What other great Fireplace blog articles have you run across?
Share them with everybody in the comments below!
I’ve been looking for an inspiring fireplace post for a while now. It turns out they’re hard to come by! Maybe it’s because they’re not in season right now in the US? Whatever the reason, my hopes have been answered by Diane over at in my own style!
She posted about a DIY fireplace makeover … the very thing I was thinking I would never really get the chance to blog about. I love DIY projects, but I don’t have a fireplace at home. (I do have a very nice heated blanket!) She tackled a pretty awesome project: transforming her brick fireplace into a faux stone fireplace! It looks amazing when she’s done with it … I honestly did a double-take looking at the “after” pics. She used a product called AirStone & the results are astounding.
Yeah … that’s not real stone. I know. I KNOW. I know it looks like it. It’s not. You can read all about it over on her blog right here. (And you should because … wow!)
Have you ever tackled a DIY fireplace project before?
How did it turn out?
Tell us in the comments!