New & Old Ideas for Styling Your Fireplace

New & Old Ideas for Styling Your Fireplace

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Nancy Mitchell
Nov 9, 2012

If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, you're probably thinking about it a little more now that cold weather is setting in. Maybe your fireplace, like mine, could use a little adornment. A fireplace tends to be a focal point in a room, so whatever you put up there is going to get a lot of attention. Here are some of our favorite ideas.

So when it comes to the fireplace, there are really two schools of thought. The more traditional way to style your fireplace is to hang (or prop) one big thing, like a mirror or a painting, above the fireplace. Sometimes the thing hanging above the fireplace stands alone, and sometimes it's flanked by objects on either side (possibly mimicking the andirons below), or maybe accompanied by a row of objects that sit on the mantel. Either way, having one, large focal point above the mantel, in a more or less symmetrical arrangement, creates a more formal feel. It draws the eye. It says, Hey, look at me. I'm a fireplace.

TOP ROW:
2. A sunburst mirror, flanked by two statues, is very traditional. From Lonny.
3. A painting flanked by two lamps makes a strong statement. From Lonny.
4. Try a single, bold, abstract painting, like in the home of Anna Spiro of Absolutely Beautiful Things.
5. Lots going on here, but the strict symmetry keeps things very formal. Interior from Lonny.

BOTTOM ROW:
6. The art and colors are cheeky, but the arrangement (two chairs flanking the fireplace, one large piece of art above) is still quite formal. From Lonny.
7. An African juju hat makes for a great focal point above a fireplace. The symmetrical arrangement of the other objects on the mantel keeps the attention on the feathered hat and emphasizes the fireplace. Luc Remond via CCSR Interior Design.
8. Stacking multiple elements in a row above the fireplace, as seen in this interior from Lonny, is a nice way to emphasize the fireplace without being too well-mannered.
9. A new twist on the traditional arrangement, with an oversized photograh and two potted plants. Skona Hem via Being Brazen.
10. From Cole & Son, a painting on the mantel flanked by colorful vases. Matching the back of the fireplace to the wallpaper on the wall is a fun solution for non-working fireplaces.