Creating a Cozy Nook by the Fire?

Creating a Cozy Nook by the Fire?

Colleen Quinn
Jul 30, 2009

Q: I am seeking suggestions on how to liven up the fireplace corner nook of my house. I want it to feel like a cozy area, but am having trouble bringing that vision to life.

The second picture shows the area as it is today, but I'm still not happy with it. It just feels like I'm missing something, especially over the mantel. Help please!

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Editor: We love the addition of the comfortable chair to help facilitate relaxing by the fire. It seems though that the scale of the space is off- the mantle and the mirror are both too high for example. If you can lower the mantle, that would do a lot to help the vertical balance. We also think the colors you are using are perhaps too similar- there is nothing in the space that pops, and the entire corner seems rather lifeless. We recommend some brighter accessories or a rug to help better define the space.

Readers, what would you do to make this fireplace nook feel like a cozy retreat?

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