Favorite fireplace items
2018 is off to a frigid start, and this month’s cross-country cold snap is the perfect excuse to hibernate in front of a cozy fireplace. Surround details aside, I love how a hearth is like a fresh, blank canvas waiting to be dressed up with accessories, fixtures and personal treasures. Here are a few of my favorite fireplace items to bring its stylish personality to life.
I like the idea of displaying a suite of fireplace tools, similar to showcasing pots and pan in a kitchen. I find that incorporating these accessories in a space adds character and offers an opportunity to continue the use of design elements, such as finish and texture.
Statement mantle piece
Most often a fireplace is designed to be a focal point within a space. Hanging a large statement piece above the mantle, like a mirror or piece of artwork, directs the eye, adds emphasis and orients the room. This is an avenue for drama (the good kind!) and can serve as a base layer for smaller, complementary accessories.
It may sound redundant to use "candles" in the same sentence as "fireplace," but I’m drawn to their soft, warm ambiance. Non-working fire boxes offer an extra nook to exercise decorative efforts, perfect for clusters of loose candles, lanterns or candelabras. Candles and holders of varying shapes, sizes and colors make for a great layering accessory atop a mantle, too.
Undoubtedly one of my favorite fireplace items is a comfortable place to park. A front row seat to a warm fire, beneath a fleece throw with a glass of wine in hand, encourages me to unwind and unplug. There are several ways to stage soft seating around a fireplace, and that plan depends on how a room is to be used and function. Contact us for help in designing an optimal space plan.
A professionally designed lighting scheme maximizes the effect of a fireplace. Be it highlighting accessories or artwork atop your mantle or enhancing a fire’s ambient glow, lighting is one of my favorite fireplace items. Sconces add visual interest to the vertical plain and recessed lights showcase a surround’s architectural details, for example.
I may be wishing away winter, but I certainly don’t mind patiently waiting for springtime cozied up to my fireplace. For more inspiration on how to accessorize and style your fireplace, visit our Pinterest board!
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