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How to Dress a Fireplace: 9 Fireplace Decor Ideas

Turn your fireplace into the focal point of the room and add instant style with these nine decor ideas

Linda Holmes
By Linda Holmes, Interiors Director

Having a fireplace in a home, whether it's fully functioning or purely decorative, is high on many homeowners’ wishlists. Perfect for the colder months—think reading a book by the fire or socialising with friends and family—a fireplace can create a warm and cosy atmosphere. A well-dressed fireplace will also provide a place where you wind down after a long day.

If you’re wanting to turn your fireplace into the focal point of the room, these nine decor ideas will help to instantly add style and opulence to the fireplace area.

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1. Add a Luxury Mirror

A classic way to decorate your fireplace mantel is to hang a large mirror just above it or, if you’re able, rest it on the mantel itself. Designer mirrors not only add a touch of glamour to your space, but they can enhance the light and create the illusion of a more open space too. From rectangular mirrors to circular options or even abstract ones, decide which type works best with your current style and then choose decorative items to complement.

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2. Include a Decorative Fireplace Screen

Protect and enhance your fireplace area with a decorative fireplace screen. If you have small children or pets then a fireplace screen may be necessary and something like a distinctive John-Richard screen combines both timeless style and function. Perfect for both contemporary and classic styles, a fireplace screen will add interest and character to your space while bringing the hearth to life.

3. Accessorise with Fire Tools

For those with traditional open fires, a fire tool set is a must-have item that will help control the roaring flames and give the area a rustic aesthetic. If you have a modern fireplace but want to give it a classic look and feel, then placing a fire set beside the fireplace is the perfect solution. Each item in this artisan-crafted Eichholtz set is finished in antique zinc offering an enduring piece.

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4. Add Character with Designer Ornaments and Sculptures

Bring your fireplace to life with exquisite one-of-a-kind designer ornaments and sculptures that suit your style and preferences. An essential for any home, carefully selected ornaments, sculptures and other decorative items will add character and personality to a fireplace mantel.

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5. Set the Mood with Candles

Candles provide multiple purposes when it comes to home decor. They can be used as a filler if your space is looking too bare; set the mood with soft, warm lighting; fill the space with fresh, fruity or floral aromas; and help create a cosy ambience. If you have an empty fireplace, fill it with varying sized pillar candles and a few lanterns. When lit, they’ll create a romantic focal point.

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6. Make a Statement with Designer Wall Art

Your fireplace mantel is the perfect place to showcase your artistic taste and make a statement with some impressive wall art. Whether you decide to hang a large piece or stagger smaller pieces, make sure the colours and designs complement the palette and style of the room so everything flows seamlessly.

7. Brighten up the Mantel with Faux Flowers and Plants

Bring a fresh breath of life into your home and add some greenery and colour with luxury artificial flowers. Decorating your mantel with a large bouquet as a centrepiece, or using smaller plants and flowers arrangements, will instantly create a bright and cheerful space. Bonus feature: artificial flowers also make it easy to update your fireplace decor seasonally.

8. Fill with Books and Luxury Bookends

Adorn your fireplace mantel with a selection of fine books and decorative bookends. As a feature in your home, the fireplace is a fantastic area to display your favourite books for you and any guests to admire and discuss.

9. Add Personality with Photo Frames

With your fireplace being a focal point and a place where friends and family gather, you might want to consider displaying a collection of photo memories in stylish photo frames. You can hang these frames above the fireplace or layer them on the mantel to add depth.

If you need ideas to update your home for the festive season, take a look at our top tips on how to dress a Christmas mantel.

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