A well-styled fire­place makes a stun­ning fo­cal point. James Treble shows you how to cre­ate a sizzling cen­tre­piece.

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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.


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.

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