FIREPLACES ARE HOT
A well-styled fireplace makes a stunning focal point. James Treble shows you how to create a sizzling centrepiece.
Set up a stunning focal point with these sizzling living-room centrepieces.
WHETHER FUNCTIONAL or purely decorative, a fireplace is inviting and adds character and visual warmth to a room. You can maximise its look with your personal touch and interior styling ideas, and easily change the pieces to match the season for year round enjoyment. Despite our temperate climate, an open flame appeals to many, and it’s possible to get the lovely appearance of an open fire without the cost or hassle of installing a real one.
Here’s a shot of inspiration to style up your fireplace so it’s looking hot for those chilly days ahead.
OLD BOOKSTORE LOOK
Put a non-working fireplace to good use as storage. This traditional one is now a “library” with books stacked in its grate and on the hearth. Be creative – pile them high and low, lean them against the edge of the fireplace, play with the spine colours to match your décor or let them spill over into the room. Continue the look by layering items on the mantle, like different sized frames, collectables from your travels or quirky familyloved pieces, to create a visual feast.