Your fireplace functions as the heart of your home. What’s a cozy, fall day without crackling logs and a warm blanket? These 20 fireplace decor ideas will light up your living room and change the way you decorate it. Get ready to enjoy your new hangout spot, and don’t miss these other living room decor ideas to complete the makeover.
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01. Shelve Books
Put that hearth to work in the warm summer months: Stack interesting hardcovers, paperbacks, and magazines inside to create a collected focal point.
02. Hide the TV
At this Mississippi farmhouse, wood doors cover up the TV screen when not in use. The top came from salvaged paving bricks and the homeowner painted the floral canvases herself.
03. Mount Pretty Plates
Use the wall space above your mantel to show off favorite pieces of china. There’s no need to own a full set — even mismatched settings picked up at antiques shops and tag sales over the years can shine on their own.
04. Pile Birch Logs
The silvery bark functions as its own decor even if you have no intention of ever burning it. A tobacco basket up above adds another rustic touch.
05. Bring in Tall Branches
Big sprigs of greenery punch up this cool, white living room. Snip fresh foliage from the backyard and fill a tall vase for instant visual interest.
06. Group Neutral Accessories
Assorted prints and found objects look cohesive in shades of white, beige, and black. Who says you need frames that match?
07. Lean a Mirror
A solid-wood mantel and a gilded fireplace screen contrast perfectly with modern white-painted wood and brick. For a laid-back look, rest a sturdy mirror against the wall — no hammer required.
08. Hang a Portrait
A teeny-tiny 2-foot-wide hearth gets appropriately sized-down candlesticks and topiaries in a Hamptons saltbox-style home. An old oil portrait acts as a de facto mascot.
09. Showcase Bud Vases
A seasonal assortment of fresh flowers brightens up any space, but you could go the dried or faux route for bouquets that last all year-long. (How cute are those mini pitchers, though?)
10. Paint It Black
A pitch-dark paint job showcases architectural features against bright white walls. Artwork in the same color scheme accentuates the contrast.
11. Make a Cozy Nook
Fresh blooms, hardy houseplants and a comfy seat make the fireplace an inviting place, even on warmer days. The dog is optional (but highly recommended).
12. Ditch Red Brick
Steal a trick from this sunny home and refresh dated brick with a coat of cream paint. Hello, instant mood booster.
13. Swap in a Basket
It’s both storage and decor. Tall branches poking out of pitchers and a framed chalkboard message round out the mantel.
14. Create an Illusion
An oversized mirror fakes an extra window by establishing a bright focal point. A framed family photo and fluffy cotton stems fill out the rest of the tableau.
15. Distress It
A weathered finish adds charm to this little library. Coat with a chalky, matte paint before roughing with sandpaper.
16. Display Collectibles
You deck out the mantel, so why not the hearth? Use an eclectic mix of vintage and new finds in various materials, like metal candlesticks and an artsy stone bust.
17. Pile in the Greenery
An empty hearth comes alive with an indoor garden. Arrange an array of mismatched pots, in many shapes and sizes, filled with hearty (and low-maintenance!) succulents or ferns.
18. “Hang” Artwork
If you don’t have enough wall space to show off your favorite pieces, you’ll love this trick: Lean framed art within the fireplace. Just make sure it’s big enough so it doesn’t disappear against the interior.
19. Light It Up
Candles in different sizes, shapes, and containers create a gentle flickering glow, or go the worry-free route by using flameless LED lights instead.
20. Keep It Fresh
Bright whites look at right home in this beach house. Subtle texture, like the tiled backsplash around the hearth and patterned pillows, keeps things interesting.
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