Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Decorating the Fireplace

A beautifully decorated fireplace can provide festive cheer and warmth to any home. Before decorating, clear your mantel of other ornaments and accents. Just like a painter, start with a blank canvas to let your creativity flow and you may even surprise yourself. Take your cue from these tips to creating an elegant focal point for the holidays.

Beautiful Christmas mantle from Mariah of Giggles Galore

Photo courtesy of Mariah of Giggles Galore

1. Let the season inspire you

Incorporate seasonal blooms, ornaments, foliage, and other holiday decor in your design. For a timeless look, use the classic Christmas color palette of red and green. For a more contemporary feel, don’t hesitate to experiment with non-traditional colors to add interest in your design.

2. Choose the right fabric

Use light fabrics in spring and summer, vivid fabric or classic red and green for Christmas, and thick, rich fabric in winter.

3. Simplicity is key

Framed artwork or family portraits, floral arrangements, clear vases, and rustic signs are simple accents that add a charming effect to any space.

4. Add texture

Incorporate metallic, ceramic, or wooden accents to boost textures and create a point of interest. You may also try combining different elements for a mixed-and-matched appeal.

5. Enhance your decor with verdant hues

Real or artificial greens add life and a sense of abundance to a room. Adorn the mantel with garlands and other holiday foliage for a vibrant element in your look.

With tasteful ideas and minimal decorating, the fireplace serves as an impressive showpiece in your home – not only during the holidays but throughout the year.

Happy decorating!

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.