The fireplace is often the focal point of a room, particularly in winter.  Here are some tips on how to decorate your fireplace.

Create an Anchor

Anchor the wall space above your fireplace with a mirror or artwork.  This emphasises the focal point of the room, and having an anchor above helps balance out the fireplace below.  As a general guide, your artwork or mirror should be around 3 fifths of the width of your fireplace mantle.

decorating a fireplace anchor with mirror

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Decorate the Mantle

When decorating the fireplace mantle, use the anchor piece (artwork or mirror) as your high point, then layer pieces on the mantle working your way out to the sides.  Vary the heights of objects, and don’t be scared to make the display asymmetrical.  Layer objects in front of one another.

decorating a fireplace mantle

Image – A Country Farmhouse

decorating a fireplace mantle

Image Left – Traditional Home   |   Image Right – Rue Magazine

Fill Your Fireplace

Fill the hearth of your fireplace, preferably with a fire, but otherwise you can fill the space with logs, branches, plants, or candles.  When using candles, use different heights to create a more interesting display.  You can also use battery operated candles for added safety.  Stack cut logs in your fireplace or try this tutorial for a faux log display.

decorating a fireplace candles

Image – Home My Design

decorate a fireplace with logs

Image Left – The Olive Tree   |   Image Right – Log tutorial from Pepper Design Blog

Add String Lights

Even if you can’t light a real fire, add the warmth and atmosphere of sparkling string lights to your fireplace decor.  You can drape them across the mantle, wrap them around logs, or arrange them inside the hearth.

decorating a fireplace string lights

Image Left – Vintage tin star from Not On The High Street   |   Image Right – Pier 1

decorating your fireplace

Image – Achica Living

So follow these fireplace decorating secrets and you’ll enjoy a beautifully decorated fireplace this winter.  Visit our Fireplaces & Mantels Pinterest board to see more decorating ideas.