The fireplace is an often overlooked but very interesting part of the house to decorate. With just a few changes to the firebox and some additions to the mantel and the surrounding area, you can bring new life to your home while signaling the start of the new season. This summer, make good use of the fireplace with these decorating tips:
Decorate with Seaside Décor
Summer is all about enjoying the sunny outdoors. Bring the beauty of nature into your home by decorating with seaside-themed objects. Display a few twigs, a bottle of sand, and some seashells on your mantel to reflect the relaxed mood of summer.
Add a few articles like your favorite straw hat, some lanterns, a few plants, and blue bottles or jars to bring in more texture and color. With these decorations, lounging by the fireplace will seem like a day at the beach!
When the weather gets too warm for a roaring fire, use the firebox area as a place to showcase beautiful corals and seashells. Display your collection at different heights, and then complement the pieces with clear containers of sand and pebbles.
Decorate with Plants
Adding flowers and plant cuttings from your garden or a local florist is another beautiful way to dress up the fireplace, making it a lasting extension of the outdoors that you and your family can enjoy any time of day.
A lush and leafy plant at the center of the hearth makes a soothing focal point. For a touch of traditional charm, set your foliage in an elegant planter, such as Balsam Hill’s Tuscan Urn. Use a pair to flank the sides of your fireplace to create balance, or place a single one on one side for an interesting asymmetrical look.
Decorate with Stacked Wood
Stacking unused logs neatly in your fireplace gives a sense of order and purpose to the room. This technique is a good example of how to build upon a theme set by a main piece. The logs and the floral cuttings in the vase pick up the round shape of the mirror on the mantel, carrying the circular motif throughout the space.
Decorate with Art Pieces
Another wonderful option is to decorate the fireplace with your favorite paintings. Simply place your main piece in the firebox and let the mantel serve as the frame.
A great thing about displaying artwork on your mantel is that there is no real need to mount them on the wall. You can move them around easily, or replace them with other pieces whenever the mood strikes.
Decorate with Candles or Lanterns
Light up a fireplace without bringing up the heat by decorating it with candles or lanterns. The white candles in the firebox parallel the purpose of a fire and also pick up the white accents on the mantel. Flameless candles are a good option, especially since many models include a remote and timer feature for hassle-free operation.
A fireplace screen as stylish as this Tea Light Fireplace Screen brightens up a fireplace during any season. It holds 14 votive candles and features an intricate design, making it a beautiful way to bring in a romantic ambience.
Decorate with Plants, Candles, and Artwork
If you cannot decide on one way to decorate your summer fireplace, why not do all of them? Combine all your favorite elements and create a look that is truly your own. Just remember to arrange your items in a neat, elegant composition to keep your hearth from looking cluttered.
Try out these decorating tips and breathe new life into your fireplace this summer.