A fireplace or mantlepiece is a feature in any room, so it’s important to make the most of it. Whatever interior design style you choose, the right styling and accessories can ensure that a fireplace is an asset. From installing a statement fireplace to refinishing a brick mantel, there are endless ways to breathe new life into this element of the room.
With autumn and winter upon us, a roaring fireplace is the ultimate addition to your home. For inspiration, take a look at these eight mantle piece ideas and start styling your fireplace now:
1. Accessorise with Artwork
Hanging artwork above a fireplace is a great way to make the mantle a central component in the room. If your fireplace is minimalistic or discreet, art can transform it into a statement feature that captures your attention every time you walk into the room.
For a modern twist, place artwork on top of the mantlepiece, leaning against the wall, rather than hanging it. The colours and style you choose should complement the existing décor and colour palette, so use artwork to bring your interior design together and create a holistic aesthetic like the It’s a matter of temperament not a strategy - Alejandra Morales by Harris & Erel Art.
2. Embrace Exposed Brickwork
An exposed brick fireplace is often associated with classic or traditional styles, and it can certainly be a seamless addition to this type of interior design. However, an exposed fireplace isn’t only suited to a rustic theme. For modern fireplace ideas, consider exposed brickwork as part of an industrial interior design, for example.
If the original brickwork has been covered, consider removing the plaster and revealing your property’s character. Often, the underlying brickwork makes a great original feature but, if it isn’t visually impactful, you could hire a specialist to repoint the masonry or fit brick slips.
3. Choose Functional Accessories
There are many ways to style a fireplace but using functional accessories should certainly be at the top of your list. This Fireplace Set in Grained Leather by Pinetti includes tongs, a poker, broom, and shovel, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the fire roaring. What’s more – it’s available in a wide range of colours and leathers, so it’s easy to find the perfect option for your fireplace.
Similarly, the Demetra Basked with Wheels or the Ovo Basket Large, both by Pinetti, are ideal as wood holders, placed next to your fireplace. Whether you have a wood-burning fire or not, an artistically stacked basket of wood, tongs, and pokers are the ultimate accessories for fireplace mantle and surrounds.
4. Double Mantles for Maximum Impact
If you want to do something different with your mantlepiece design, consider installing a double mantle. This gives you extra space to display decorative accessories, such as designer vases, but an extra mantle can act as a design feature in itself.
A low mantle that’s just below knee height can work well with a standard mantlepiece above the fire, for example. Using exposed or painted brickwork for one mantle and a different material on another, such as wood or metal, adds variation and incorporates extra elements into the space.
5. Layer Accessories for Maximum Impact
When you’re looking for mantlepiece ideas or accessories for a fireplace mantle, be sure to layer the items you choose to display. Placing some items in the foreground and others in the background will add depth to the design and make it more appealing.
When styling a fireplace or mantle, don’t only look at it from straight on. Instead, view the space from every angle and height. Your fireplace may look different when you’re reclining on the sofa than it does when you walk into the room, for example. By layering accessories, you can ensure that your fireplace styling looks sublime from every vantage point.
6. Go Symmetrical
It’s easy to assume that symmetrical styling makes a room feel formal but it can have the opposite effect. Symmetry adds balance to a room, which can make it feel even more calming and relaxing. When you’re styling a fireplace in a den or living room, use symmetry to balance the space and evoke a sense of tranquillity.
If you favour minimalist, modern fireplace ideas and styling, think of the fireplace itself as a statement piece and add just one or two accessories on either side. Alternatively, if you prefer a more visually stimulating style, choose an accent piece for the centre of the mantlepiece and add accompanying accessories on either side to create a symmetrical style.
7. Add Light with a Statement Mirror
A mirror is a fantastic addition when you want to increase the amount of natural light in a room and make the space feel larger. Of course, the right mirror can enhance your interior design in its own right too, and a mantlepiece is the perfect backdrop for a statement piece.
For modern fireplace ideas, consider combining a mirror effect with chic artwork. The Thoralby Mirror in Black Bronze by Christian Watson or the Mouth Mirror Pop Art by Reflections Copenhagen are stunning examples that will act as the perfect statement piece atop your fireplace.
8. Stay Seasonal
Fireplace accessories are easy to update, which means you can keep your styling seasonal and reflect the changing times. From using in-season plants and foliage to complement your fireplace to choosing accessories that embody the latest interior design trends, you can keep the space feeling fresh when you update your fireplace styling on a regular basis.
Be Bold with Mantle Piece Ideas
Most homes feature a fireplace in the living room, but your property may also have fireplaces in other spaces, such as the dining room, bedrooms, or even the entranceway. With so many ways to style this particular feature, you can experiment with different ideas while using a core design theme to ensure flow throughout the property. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, it can undoubtedly be one of your property’s best features, so take the time to perfect your styling and showcase your fireplaces at their best.