Every fireplace is a focal point; the very presence of a fireplace in any room can’t help but draw attention. Since your fireplace is already the center of attention in the room, why not make it as beautiful as possible? Here are six style updates for a fireplace that will make your fireplace, and by association, the entire room and your home, more stylish and decorative.
Tip #1 – Add New Fireplace Tools Fireplace tools add to the function of a working fireplace, but even if your fireplace is gas or electric, fireplace tools can add a great deal of style and ambiance to the hearth area. If your decorative style is contemporary, sleek modern style tools will fit in to the decor, while elaborate wrought iron or brass tools may be more in keeping with a traditionally styled room. Chunky black iron tools complement rustic or country decors. If your fireplace is a working wood fireplace, make sure that the tools you choose are sturdy enough for the job at hand.
Tip #2 – Accent your Decor with a Fireplace Screen Just as fireplace tools can accent the style of your decor, the fireplace screen presents another opportunity to underscore the beauty of the entire room. Fireplace screens also have a functional purpose: They keep sparks from flying out into the room. But even if you don’t burn a real fire, a richly detailed wrought iron screen can be an integral component of a room decorated in English country style or a sleek glass screen can add sparkle with a contemporary edge. No matter what style you prefer, there is a screen to match the image you want to convey.
Tip #3 – Place a Rug on the Hearth While a hearth rug protects the carpet near the fireplace from burns and stray sparks, it also adds another layer of color, warmth and pattern to your room. Choose a flame resistant hearth rug in a style and color that coordinates with the decor.
Tip #4 – Makeover the Mantel Adding a new mantel is not a quick fix, but it can make a substantial difference in the appearance of the fireplace and the entire room. If your mantel is outdated or if there is no mantel at all, a decorative wood shelf can be hung to create a mantel; or you may be able to dress up your existing mantel with pre-made trim from a home improvement store and then paint the entire mantel with a fresh coat of paint. An existing mantel that is looking worn or dull can be repainted or stripped and stained. For a contemporary look, cover the top of a mantel with sleek glass or metallic tiles; ceramic tile can also be used depending on the style of the room.
Tip #5 – Accessorize Anew If your mantelpiece decor is looking a little blah, change out the accessories on top of the mantel. Browse through a few favorite magazines or online decor sites to get inspired with fresh ideas. Changing your mantel accessories with the seasons is a great way to have an exciting look all year round.
Tips #6 – Highlight the Space above the Mantel The wall above the mantel is prime real estate when it comes to creating an effective focal point. A striking wall mirror or new wall art can breathe new life into the fireplace and surrounding room. Frame the wall art with beautiful candle sconces for a flicker that complements firelight or adds sparkle when no fire is burning.
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