A fireplace hearth often functions as the heart of many homes. It can be a focal point where all your decorative ideas start, allowing for experimentation with different designs, textures, colors, and patterns to help give the home an overall look and feel. If you are looking to redecorate your living space by enhancing your hearth’s looks, here are a few design tips and ideas you could try.
By the time you are thinking about revamping your fireplace hearth, your home may already have a design aesthetic. In these cases, it is always best to ensure that the hearth’s design matches that of the rest of the house. For contemporary homes, for example, a minimalist hearth would not look out of place. For traditional homes, their exquisite designs and trim can be an inspiration for the hearth’s new design. You can also take material inspirations such as brick or cement from your home’s exterior, or choose to match the hearth’s design to the home’s tiled floors.
In some cases, the heath might look terrible if it is sitting alone in the far end of a house. To give it a more interesting look, enhance its looks by hanging a painting or a mirror over it. The painting can be used to tie the hearth to the rest of the house, while a mirror makes it a much more obvious focal point of your home’s design.
Fireplace tools are great when you want to build a roaring wood fire or when you want to clean the fireplace. Most people view fireplace tools functionally and do not see how they could be decorative items that enhance their hearth’s look. Fireplace tools, especially hand forged fireplace tools, come in different finishes, styles, and looks to better match the overall look you are going for. You can choose from vintage iron, nickel, matte black, and more. To further accessorize your fireplace tools, choose a sturdy stand that keeps them organized and ensures they do not look out of place next to your hearth.
Mantels are a great option, but they are not always a requirement for many fireplace hearths. However, hearths can be used to add something to hearths so they do not look too “naked”. When deciding whether to add a mantel, take inspiration from your home’s design and style. Traditional hearths in older homes do not always need a mantel while new homes might.
One mistake people make is not accessorizing the mantel well so it becomes a distraction and a source of clutter. However, when done right, a mantle can be a great display space for portraits, mirrors, and even art and decor pieces.
There is so much to do to enhance your hearth including accessorizing with different fireplace tools, art, decor items, and more. The most important thing to remember is to match the hearth’s style to that of the rest of the house so it does not end up looking out of place.
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