Accessorizing your family room's fireplace
A fireplace can serve a purpose beyond its function. A natural focal point in any space, the parts of your family room’s fireplace can also be utilized as prime accessorizing real estate. Bring warmth to the hearth, firebox and mantle by displaying personal treasures and decorative items on and in these components. So, let’s talk accessorizing your family room’s fireplace!
Symmetrically displayed accessories atop the mantle, on the hearth platform or outside the surround create a sense of balance in the room. They add a finishing touch to your family room’s fireplace and anchor it into your space plan, too. In this scenario, repetition of small accessories can create quite a statement.
Particularly in historic homes, some fireplaces have taken the plunge from functional to purely decorative. If your family room’s fireplace is not in use, consider staging some of your personal possessions in the firebox’s cozy nook for depth. Opt for a few larger pieces or get more elaborate with layered vignettes. Clusters of candles and lanterns also make for excellent alternatives to firewood.
An asymmetrical approach to accessorizing helps to emphasize your family room’s fireplace and creates movement in the space. Vary the scale, height and texture of your pieces to design professional-esque arrangements. To create a cohesive look, apply the same color palette across your clusters. Last but not least, layer tall pieces like mirrors and framed prints behind your groupings for a dash of drama.
A common home for a television is above the family room’s fireplace. Doing so establishes an orientation in the space and creates a central focal point around which to plan your seating. This arrangement works well in family room’s that experience everyday use, just be sure to purchase the appropriate mounting materials so the fireplace surround can properly support the weight of your TV.
Wood-burning or gas, brick-front or stone, extend your style to your family room’s fireplace. With several ways to embellish the heart of your home, I encourage you to add some light and life with keepsakes and accessories. Don’t just give your fireplace a glance around the holidays, but rather let it shine year round.