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Fireplace Designs & Decorating Ideas

Fireplace Decoration by Savio Firmino

Using the appropriate design, you can turn any fireplace into an amazing feature of any room. Many people think they have to just "deal" with their current fireplace when in fact, by changing one or several factors of the fireplace, they can make an incredible difference.

For example, if you have a wood burning fireplace, you can make some enhancements by adding special units that will help raise the heat source. Many of these inserts also provide an incredible visual enhancement, with some units being framed in 24K gold. Not only will these insert units help to heat the room in which the fireplace is located, but the entire home.

Another option for flat brick fireplaces or simple fireplaces that do not offer much in appearance is to add a beautiful, bold cobblestone facing. This provides a rustic look that when coupled with a traditional arch design door, is gorgeous, and would be ideal for a family room or den. Another great option is the antique nickel finish that features a rough gray stone face and chimney constructed with pegged timber. This design is truly a work of art, adding a country ambience.

If you are looking for something a bit more elegant, you can add a European face that features a rectangular shape with gorgeous beveled edges. Around the opening of the fireplace, custom colored tile can be added to provide the perfect finished touch. If you are looking for a way to bring the art deco design to your fireplace, that too is possible. With an efficient gas insert, framed art deco face, and shiny silver chimney and enclosure, your fireplace will have a dramatic new appearance, perfect for a contemporary home.

Do not think that you have to live with an outdated fireplace that is only an eye sore. With a new face, whether rustic, European, or art deco, you can completely change your entire room, which will be one of the best investments you can make!

Fireplace by Darek Sokol


Fireplace Deco
Some homes you walk into and stand in awe the minute you see the fireplace while others seem to disappear into wall. If you have a fireplace, by changing the decor, you can create a new, fresh look that will enhance any type of decor you have and make the fireplace pop. Most fireplaces serve as a focal point in the room. By choosing the right items, you can make your fireplace stand out while not consuming the entire room.

One of the easiest and least expensive ways of changing the look of your fireplace is by decorating the mantel. To be successful with this process, you need to follow some simple guidelines:
  • The mantle should be noticed. Therefore, you want to use accessories that are bold and coordinate with your decor. Although you could use numerous smaller items, they will fade against the mantle and do little to improve the look of your fireplace.

  • Keep collections together. Many people think that if they have four candle, they should place two on each side. The best way to display any collection no matter what it is would be to keep the items together. Therefore, bring the four candles together on one side of the mantle for a strong presentation.

  • Items such as long candleholders, large bouquets of flowers, or figurines that are good sized are the perfect choice.

  • If you have an older home with a dark, dreary mantle, paint it. Simply use paint that can withstand heat and choose a nice ivory color or a soft, muted tone that will be the perfect stage for your accessories.

  • If you do not have a mantle or if your existing mantle is small, replace it with a new mantle or shelf.

  • Use items from your own yard to create beautiful accessories. For instance, tall twigs that measure around three-feet tall stripped of leaves and branches and placed in a tall, cobalt vase would be gorgeous. This look would be ideal for a number of styles such as Mediterranean, Contemporary, or even Country.

  • Change out the fireplace door or screen with something unusual. One of the most popular choices is the screen that has votive candleholders. Another beautiful option is glass with etching. Then to match the mantle, use iron pieces that will add texture and interest.

  • If your room is country or has an informal look, you can also create a unique presentation of various textures. For instance, you can use artwork or homemade pieces of interest from stone or iron that has touches or natural colors such as rust or moss.

  • A spectacular presentation is to take two different styles and blend them. You could take antique pieces and place them on a contemporary fireplace mantle in small groups. This creates a nice look and to make it work, simply choose the right scale and stay within color schemes of the room.

  • If your fireplace mantle and room are formal and have a look of elegant sophistication, symmetrical displays work best.

  • Keep your collections to odd numbers. Instead of grouping four candles, make it three or five.

  • Rather than feel you have to fill up every inch of space on the fireplace mantle, allow room in between the various groups.

The African Iziko Lokubasela Fireplace

The name, Iziko Lokubasela, means "the place where you make fire" and, with the optional African mask, is a reminder of the fireplaces' ethnic origins. Each piece is hand made and decorated by African craftsmen. The ceramic is press moulded then hand sculptured. Certain models are decorated with ethnic markings then each Iziko is kiln fired to 1200˚C and allowed to cool naturally. This process, combined with the unique properties of the specially formulated ceramic ensures against cracking during use. To find out more about those African fireplaces or to buy one, please visit


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