How Decorate Around A Fireplace

The fireplace is likely the focal point of your living room year-round, but there’s no denying that its shining moments occur during the fall and winter months. Not only can you light a fire and get cozy on a crisp autumn evening, the decorating choices for the mantel and surrounding area are seemingly endless.
Having the right decor around your fireplace is ideal for drawing your eye to the area and emphasizing the feelings of the season. Follow these tips to create a safe and aesthetically pleasing display around your hearth.
  • No matter how you use your fireplace, it’s important to enhance it with your decor choices. A good rule of thumb is to have one anchoring item in the middle of the mantel like a mirror or a vase of flowers.
  • From there, it’s time to add other elements like candle sticks, photos or sentimental tchotchkes you rotate with the seasons. The general consensus is that while symmetry is important for beginning your decor items, adding accessories in odd groups is the most appealing to the eye. This may mean adding three candles or five figurines around the space to create depth in addition to the larger, centering items.
  • Finally, it’s important to never clutter your fireplace area with too many frills. Not only can this pose a safety hazard if you want to light a fire, but it may not be pleasing to look at all the time. This is why switching out decor every few months is recommended. You can have your favorite pieces out at different times of the year to appreciate them.