There’s nothing quite like a fireplace to bring some traditional magic to any living room. Or perhaps even a modern touch if tradition isn’t your cup of tea. In any case, it all depends on the kind of fireplace you have at your disposal. Furthermore, proper decoration of said fireplace can truly make a room sparkle.
Of course, you could take in any of the home tips here, or read on to discover even more ways that you can truly bring some magic into your living room. Just because Christmas is no more, it doesn’t mean you should have to give up on the decorations. It just means you can be creative as the seasons change.
Keep it simple
The fireplace is generally the focal point of any living room, bar perhaps the TV if your living room happens to have one. But when that’s switched off, the fireplace truly stands out. Maintaining a minimalist aesthetic can do a lot more than over-decoration in some cases.
That is not to say that you should avoid decorating your fireplace, but keeping it simple can be more powerful than you might initially think. If you’re looking for something to support your minimalist ideas, then you’d struggle to go wrong with an electric fireplace.
It may sound like an oxymoron, but a minimalist fireplace can look cool, especially in the summer. In autumn, you might consider adding some natural elements to the mantelpiece – maybe some pinecones or some autumn leaves encased in glass.
If you’re looking to add tradition to the minimalist modernity, how about a nice framed picture that can take pride of place wherever it may sit on that mantelpiece throughout the year?
Alternatively, make it fit for royalty
For more traditional designs, you can really push the boat out on decoration, allowing you to really bring your living room to its sparkling best. Though Christmas gives you the opportunity to decorate in the conventional festive manner, with stacked gold mirrors surrounded by tinsel, summer and spring allow you to take a different path in terms of decoration.
Consider using plants – not just flowers, but plants that could just as easily be at home in the garden. Bring nature indoors with the naturalist, maximalist approach, which is almost perfect for those long, hot summers. Long branches and green leaves can, however, blend seamlessly to create a vibrant palate throughout the year in your living room.
You can even push the boat out by using wooden doors to hide the TV when not in use if the TV is above the fireplace. If you happen to have an outdoor fireplace, you should never underestimate the power of good décor externally either. Neutral yet striking is a tough balance to meet, yet it is entirely possible – arguably more so outdoors amongst the natural world.
In contrast to neutrality, geometric patterns can show a deeper, more complex side to your home, allowing the fireplace to become the true focal point away from the television. When it comes down to it, the fireplace is something of a blank canvas, and you have the power to become the artist. Now that’s a pretty exciting prospect if you ask me…