Fireplaces have the ability to draw in people around them and create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. They provide not only warmth, but a central location within a home to gather around and unwind. What's better than sipping a glass of wine or a cup of tea in front of an inviting fireplace after toiling out in the cold all day?
Over the years they've evolved from places used to prepare family meals to modern pieces that are both functional and artistic. As the use of fireplaces has evolved, so have the methods used to highlight and draw attention to them. They've become statement pieces that accessorize living rooms, dens, etc. and become central within homes. Because of this, creative ways of drawing attention to them have the potential to refresh how they're viewed and become more of a decorative feature than purely a source of heat.
The following are examples of unique methods to use when creating a space that invites and comforts those around it.
1. Pay homage to traditional wood burning stoves
Traditional wood burning stoves, as seen above, were the go to appliance in the past because they provided a fashionable source of heat as well as a place to prepare meals. Inserting one into this brick fireplace enclosure is an excellent way to introduce an element of tradition into the home. The wooden cupboard doors and the inviting arm chair add to the charming country ambiance. Who wouldn't want to curl up and read a book in this delightful little nook?
Accessorizing with a small mirror above the fireplace works to tie everything together without overpowering and distracting from the main attraction, the fireplace.
2. Create symmetry and frame with furniture
What better way to create an inviting space than to frame a crisp white fireplace with large plush furniture? These large neutral colored sofas, along with the large pillows and fur throw, create a space that's capable of drawing in anyone. The dual windows, lamps and light fixtures also add to the symmetry of the room and the overall beauty of the space. The fireplace is truly the focal point here.
The combination of the mirror over the fireplace and mirror backsplash work to open up the space and make it seem bigger than it is. This fireplace retreat would make a great starting point for any evening gathering.
3. Hang a large mirror for added glam
Mirrors are a quick and easy way to add a little glamour to any space. This mirror, with it's simple yet beautiful border, brightens up the space and creates a cozy feel. It isn't overpowering the fireplace which comes with its own intricately designed cover.
The wooden furniture adds to the decor but doesn't take away from the mirror and fireplace acting as the focal point. Going with neutral decor and colors is a fabulous way to ensure that mirrors don't become a distraction but instead effortlessly blend in with the fireplace below them.
4. Incorporate into built-in furniture
How cute is this combination space? If your space allows, consider creating a dedicated area that includes a space to comfortably read and store books and fireplace accessories but is ultimately anchored by the fireplace.
The white walls allow for flexibility when it comes to incorporating colors and injecting personal style. This spaces effectively draws attention to this, acting as a dedicated relaxation nook. The light color of the hardwood floor is capable of highlighting key accents while still allowing a room to feel light and airy.
5. Multi-faced glass centerpiece with a twist
Fireplaces with multiple sides are becoming increasingly more trendy. Gone are the days when a fireplace's home was pressed up against a wall. This multi-faced fireplace takes this concept to a new level by incorporating mostly glass and sitting in the middle of the space.
The steps on either side ensure that guests can enjoy the fireplace from all angles no matter where they're situated in the room. Again, the white walls don't take away from the fireplace but instead provide a clean open area that allows for maximum light, exposure and enjoyment. This option is on the adventurous side but provides an exciting statement piece.
6. Consider rustic with a modern twist
Another modern option is to introduce a standalone fireplace. This example is a modern twist of the traditional wood burning stove option. The wooden wall feature, hardwood floors and dark grey shag carpet act as rustic elements that help the space seem warm and inviting. Large windows are able to open up spaces even further and create the illusion that you're enjoying the outdoors while actually tucked away inside.
A great way to make this option even more comfortable is to add multiple throw pillows. This effortlessly ties the modern features and traditional elements together.
7. Reinvent candle storage decor
It seems in place of a gas or wood burning fireplace, people prefer to place decorative candles in these alcoves instead. This is another fun and modern option of drawing attention by creating a fireplace that goes well beyond tradition. The stone border fits in wonderfully with the stone wall, they contrast each other but also compliment one another with the use of differing textures.
Adding some back lighting to this option creates a glowing, warm space without actually emitting any heat. This would be a great attention grabber in any modern home design.
8. Design an art gallery
Mirrors are a popular option when decorating the mantel of a wall mounted fireplace. An option to reinventing this is to overlay framed prints on top of the fireplace and add small accents around them. The fireplace in this option is a classic design that allows the art work to show it off.
The decor around the fireplace, such as the lamps and cupboards, add to the classic look and feel of the space. This approach serves as an invitation to draw your guests in and feel welcomed. It's not overpowering, it provides the right amount of modern and classic details.
9. Highlight with unique artwork
On the flip side, this option takes art work to a new level. Instead of prints, consider hanging unique art pieces that draw you in. Experiment with multiple pieces of varying sizes rather than one large piece, this example does a great job of blending different sizes to create a very distinctive feature. The gold and black combination are bold but the addition of the wicker basket anchors the whole space.
The contrasting tile work of the fireplace border and the walls within also tie everything together. The coloring of the border closely matches the art pieces and the inner wall closely matches that of the basket. If anything, a bold statement such as this one will draw people in to take a closer look and appreciate the adventurous approach.
10. Imagine a new take on wall art
Why hang pictures or mirrors on a wall when you can insert a fireplace there instead? This will no doubt create a focal point that's definitely unique. This is a clean and chic option where minimal decorative items are needed. With this approach you can be confident in knowing that it'll make a daring statement all on its own. The dark hardwood floors and coffee table also tie in nicely.
If you're able to go with this approach, bigger is better. With a small fireplace the statement might be missed, however, choosing the right size and position will create a space that takes heating a room to new heights...literally.