With all this talk of a “Southern Freeze”, we have our minds wandering to warmer places. What better way to catch up on good conversation and even better company than around an open fire? Take a look through some of our favorite fireplace settings to date and learn a few tricks on how to turn your hearth into something worth bragging about.
We pulled home accessories that bring out the deep violet tones of the ceramic tile surround. Offset dark hues with a tertiary color like this subtle mint green to keep the space looking fresh.
Go bold with a stark white mantle, bringing pops of color in through a surround or dark hearth. The stacked fireplaces in this historic downtown home left this room with a quirky, off-center surround. We then played off this asymmetry by centering the mirror to the actual opening and filled the empty wall space by hanging a collection of fun finds. With a room this poppy, keep greenery simple and clean like a basic fern to keep the space from getting too busy.
If your fireplace has great architectural features like this one, we suggest matching the trim color to the walls to tone down the drama of traditional elements. By using a neutral palette, we balanced the wall as a whole and allowed the natural brick of the fireplace to take center stage.
A well-curated mantle is the usual focus, but don’t forget about the wall space above the actual fireplace. Instead of flat sheetrock, we added mirrored side panels and sconces to bring the focus upward. Other ways to draw attention to this space can be through wall art, TV, or mirror.