Make Your Fireplace a Focal Point

Make Your Fireplace a Focal Point

See the 4 ways to turn an outdated fireplace into the show-stopping focal point of your room.

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1. Create a Cover
Your fireplace is large, commands attention and should serve as a centerpiece of your room. Add some visual interest with inexpensive wood panel and some paint. For an aged, antique look, use a simple crackling technique with a crackling medium. Use it as décor by attaching it to — and around — your existing fireplace.

2. Decorate Around the Fireplace
Capture the attention of the room by framing the fireplace with art. Try one big and bold piece — like a handcrafted mosaic — above the fireplace or hang an abstract cluster of plates. Then create ambiance by lining the mantel with scented candles. 

3. Make it Festive
Decorate your fireplace for the seasons by hanging garlands or stockings across the mantel. For fall, string together paper leaves. During the winter holidays, line the mantel with festive strands of cranberries. No matter the season, candles make a fun, functional addition to any fireplace. 

4. Make it Functional 
Fireplaces in some older homes may not work, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful. Fill your fireplace with charming potted plants or flower arrangements. Try storing magazines and big coffee table books in the vacant area. Another easy idea is to buy a multi-tiered candle stand and place remote-controlled artificial candles on it to light up the room.

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