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The do's and don'ts of showcasing fireplaces

A separate seating area around or near a fireplace can serve as a cozy addition to a space. (Design Recipes)
A separate seating area around or near a fireplace can serve as a cozy addition to a space. (Design Recipes)
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Fireplaces not only help keep us warm, they can also serve as a decorative focal point and highlight in a home. Whether you are looking to showcase an ornate mantel or create a cozy seating area, being thoughtful and purposeful with decor and style choice can help maximize the experience for you and your guests.

DO:

• Place furniture in a cohesive way that highlights the fireplace.

• Place mirrors above or next to a fireplace. Mirrors will automatically draw the eye to the fireplace while also reflecting light.

• Consider replacing or adding a decorative mantel. A number of design manufacturers specialize in decorative mantels; customization is also an option.

• Consider adding natural elements to complement an existing or new fireplace such as stone or brick.

• Consider placing a large piece of art above a fireplace. Selecting large pieces can help add interest and anchor the space.

DON’T:

• Place a television above a fireplace when possible. Electronics often detract from decor.

• Block the path to the fireplace. Be sure to allow a line of sight.

• Be afraid to paint an existing mantel. Cool colors such as gray are often appealing options.

• Be afraid to paint existing brickwork. For example, painting dark brick white can help open and brighten a darker room.

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• Forget the decorative accessories often associated with a fireplace. From a selection of fireplace tools to baskets that hold wood, look for opportunities to introduce creative design elements.

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