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Falling temperatures means more time around the hearth, and now is the perfect time to freshen up the fireplace for friends and family who enjoy the flicker of the fire when it’s time to relax.
You say your fireplace isn’t in working order? No problem! A faux fireplace is nearly as nice as the real thing as a décor centerpiece; all you need to do is dress it up a little. Here are a few ideas for how you can make any fireplace more fashionable.
So many times we find the usual suspects on the fireplace mantel – candles, photos and maybe some kind of plant life, whether real or artificial. And, these are all great options, but there’s so much more you can do with this space.
First, you can stain or paint the mantel so it really pops. Do this and then add some accents (decorative pillows, wall art, etc.) to bring it all together.
You can also add some molding. Consider the style, and how it can change the look of your room. Classic, Art Deco, Gothic … you’ve got lots of options.
Finally, you can replace or even remove the mantel altogether (see example at right). Bulk it up or replace it with wall art to really give the space a new feel.
Fire or no fire, fireplace tools and wood boxes always fit the bill. Full tool sets may be a bit over the top for a faux installation, but vintage tools like bellows and cute little brooms are a fun addition for any fireplace.
Real fireplaces will need wood storage if it’s in use, of course, but an extra wood box or basket overflowing with throws makes a nice touch for fall and winter décor.
A fire screen is another décor item that looks great with or without the flame. They come in all kinds of designs, though which one you pick will definitely depend on whether you’re using your fireplace.
Fireplace screens can be completely decorative – and be made of anything – with a faux fireplace. Obviously, that’s not so much the case with real fireplaces, but even so there are plenty of fireproof designs available.
Have fun making your fireplace chic and cozy with these fall décor ideas.