Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dressing Up Your Modern Fireplace for Every Season

Nothing quite sets the mood for the holidays like a crackling fire and stockings hung from the mantelpiece. A fireplace is indeed perfect for the winter months -- but what about for the other nine months of the year? Luckily, all you have to do is to be creative with your d├ęcor to bring your modern fireplace mantel into the right season.


Winter
Decorating your fireplace should be easy during the holidays. There are so many traditions and obligations to keep your fireplace mantel full right from Thanksgiving all the way to Valentine’s Day.
  • Garlands. It is quite easy to plop a store-bought evergreen garland and call it a night, but there are still so many possibilities. Use some leftover Christmas globe ornaments, adding different sizes and colors to create more depth to it.
  • Monochromatic. Choosing another Christmas color aside from green and red, like blue or white, can create a stunning theme. Get wreaths and reindeer statuettes in your chosen color.
Spring
After taking down all the Christmas decorations mid-February, the fireplace mental will start looking bare. Look at the new growth around to find the perfect idea to decorate your mantel.
  • Fresh flowers. The great thing about flowers is that they come in various colors, sizes and shapes. Prop them up in vases of different sizes and shapes for a more dazzling visual.
  • Pressed flowers. If you are not too keen on ensuring that fresh flowers remain watered or buying expensive arrangements, press some flowers and display them in pretty picture frames.
Summer
This is the season where people lose their interest in decorating a fireplace, leaving it covered with family photos. Summer is also the time that the fireplace has the least amount of use.
  • Beachscape. Pay homage to the beach and display it in your mantel. Use some decorative driftwood, sand dollars and sea star to being the display back to life.
  • Bold colors. Swath your mantelpiece with adventurous colors schemes like cool teal and bright coral. Framed card stock and colorblocked candles will be nice touches.
Fall
Once the nights start to get a little chilly, the whole family will want to congregate around the fireplace. Everyone needs a warm place to enjoy hot chocolate and some ghost stories.
  • Rustic. An antique mirror or weathered shutters will make for a great backdrop for a homey mantelpiece. Outfit with wooden candlesticks and decorative lanterns.
  • Natural. Take the natural approach and decorate your mantelpiece with pumpkins. Arrange small pumpkins on the mantel for a truly fall experience.
Now that you have some creative and fun ways to decorate your fireplace, here are some of our top electric fireplace picks this year.

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