Stylish fireplaces

Creative ways to decorate a non-working fireplace

Just because winter’s over, doesn’t mean a fireplace’s job is done. It’s easy to forget about your hearth if it’s out of action but decorating it can help to add personality to the room.

Try to keep the look cohesive by choosing accessories that echo a single theme or colour and make sure the pieces you pick complement the style of your mantel. Take advantage of this extra space with these five simple ideas.

1. Show off its shape

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If your fireplace is heavily detailed or it’s an unusual shape, try making the most of its character by emphasising its design quirks. Here, the hearth has a boxy look that oozes Art Deco, making it ideal for pairing with other angular accessories, such as tall candle lanterns and handy square wirework storage baskets, as well as a table to help vary the heights.

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Instead of wire baskets, you could try a couple of vases, glasses, or even bottles filled with wildflowers, complemented by a classic pillar candle or two in a simple hurricane jar or lantern. Don’t forget to take it from day to night by lighting the candles in the evening for an elegant, soft flickering glow.

2. Channel country chic

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Texture’s often overlooked when decorating smaller areas but getting a good mix of tactile accessories is just as crucial as in a larger space – especially effective if you have smooth, glossy tiles. Rustic materials, such as rattan and timber, create visual and physical contrast and look fantastic when layered up. Finish the look by adding a few bursts of colour with fresh spring flowers in an oversized vase or even potted bulbs.

3. Create a warm welcome

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Guests might huddle around your fireside in the winter but even when it’s no longer a source of heat, you can make your hearth just as inviting. Try popping a chair complete with a comfy cushion next to your fireplace, and add clusters of pretty decorative pieces such as flowers, vases and candles. Smaller items that might otherwise sit on your mantle can still be included – make sure they’re kept at the front of the display to prevent them getting lost.

4. Set the mood

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Deep colours are bang on-trend but need contrast to shine. If you have a black fireplace, try pairing it with reflective textures, such as glowing bronze metallics and warm copper, and some jewel tones with flowers. Add a few different floral displays, too. A few stems in bud vases are easy to trim from a larger bouquet or you could give the look an Oriental twist by floating fallen flower heads in a decorative bowl of water.

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