Fireplace Fixings

 

One of the greatest parts of winter is curling up in front of the fireplace on a cold snowy day. However, now that we are in the spring season, your fireplace may just seem like a useless waste of space, but it doesn’t have to be. Why not transform your fireplace for the new season and use it as a focal point for your room? Your fireplace is one of the greatest places to display antique treasures or fresh flowers from outside. It is very easy to create a unique fireplace that brightens up your space for the new season.

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A fireplace design I created. Although this isn’t a perfect design picture, it shows an example of some spring pieces you could use to brighten up your space.

The first thing you should do is search through your home for really cool pieces. Check the attic for old windows or even antique picture frames. Check your basement for old bottles or vases. Check your bookshelves for old books to incorporate into your design. Once you have gathered your treasures you can begin to play with what you have and decide what would work well together for your space. This is also where you can decide if you want to purchase any additional items. (a great place to find fireplace finds is at garage sales or local thrift stores–don’t be afraid to make a quick stop at either to find old treasures that will surely make your fireplace unique).

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An amazing spring fireplace design using many different unique pieces to create a beautiful focal point for the room. This design is from Worthing Court blog

When looking at actually putting your finds together there are a few tips you should follow:

  1. Pick one large item for a centerpiece. It can be a window, a picture, a frame with a wreath, a clock, or even an old piece of metal with an interesting design–it all depends on what you love and what you have.
  2. The next step is to decide what pieces you have to go with your main focal point. This could be really cool glass bottles, lanterns, vases, candle sticks, plants, or even a small statue.
  3. The third step is to put it all together to create a fireplace masterpiece. When putting your fireplace together there are a few different techniques. You can create a symmetrical fireplace design with similar items on both sides. However, there is also the option to make it unsymmetrical, but have a design that flows nicely. The second option might take a bit longer, but play around with the items you have and see what design works best for your space. If you decide to go with a more creative design, finding a way to tie in the color you used on both sides can help with the flow of the layout. Another tip for this is to try to even out the size of the items across the mantle. You should try to avoid having all of the big items on one side and little items on the other side–this creates a fireplace that looks unequal and unfinished.
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A simply beautiful fireplace design created by Jeanette. (Check out her blog here!) This is an example of an effective fireplace design that doesn’t use symmetry. Notice the colors and the size of the items used here–creates a nice flow.
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This fireplace design from House Beautiful shows the use of symmetry in a fireplace design. This can be a very effective method which will create a completed look for any fireplace.

Creating a fireplace design for spring can be a very fun and rewarding adventure. It is a great time to find those special pieces you have laying around your space and put them all together to create a masterpiece. The process is not difficult and you will be amazed with how much a spring fireplace can brighten up a room and create unique focal point for your room. Good luck designing and happy spring!

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“Your home should tell the story of who you are and be a collection of what you love” ~Nate Berkus

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Fireplace Fixings