Make the fireplace the highlight of your room with these stylish decorating ideas.

By Jan Soults Walker
May 17, 2016
pink living room and dining

One sure way to direct all eyes onto your fireplace is to go bold with surrounding color. In this dining room, vibrant pink on the chimney chase and walls around the fireplace are a clever ploy to make the white-painted mantel pop. The oversize silver-veined mirror above is an attention-grabber, too.

Grand Finale


Give your fireplace notable presence with a substantial visual element above the mantel. The carved Carrara marble surround makes this fireplace a stunning architectural bonus on its own. But selecting a large-scale gilded-frame mirror that extends from the mantel to near the ceiling creates an air of grandeur.

Seasonal Charm

May Fireplace

Sweeten the appeal of any fireplace when you decorate to suit the season using the things you love. This mantel gets dressed up for the holidays with greeting cards clipped to a stretched length of yarn, amaryllis blooms in golden glass vases, and shapely clear glass containers burgeoning with colorful ornaments. A sunburst mirror and inviting pink wing chair brighten the composition.

DIY Fireplace

Credit: Cooley

No fireplace? No problem -- you can make your own. This urban rustic fireplace features cedar planks over a 2x4-foot frame with a custom-sized recess that accommodates the television, DVD player, and other equipment while keeping cords and plugs out of sight for an uncluttered look. The ethanol-burning fireplace requires no venting. You can learn how to build this handsome feature here.

Rustic Reclamation

May Fireplace

Create a rustic fireplace with substantial presence when you use large-scale design and natural, reclaimed materials. This rugged beauty pairs board-and-batten siding with chunky salvaged timbers. The textural surround features "tabby," crushed oyster shells mixed with concrete that almost glimmers in natural light brought in by the French doors and transom windows -- a perfect balance with the dark woods.

Simply Stated


Sometimes the most elegant fireplaces are the most simply done. This dining room fireplace uses soft wall color and contrasting unframed artwork, but no architectural details, to create a focal point that's clean-lined yet eye-catching.

Garden Fresh


Colorful accents for your fireplace mantel might be as close as your garden or local florist. An understated grouping of three white vases provides a spot for displaying this sweet bouquet of spring blooms -- a decorating idea that's a breeze to freshen as your garden evolves throughout the growing season.

Comments (2)

October 7, 2018
I think the rustic reclaimed is a hit and a miss.The rest of the room is very nice and the fireplace is ugly.
October 7, 2018
I'm interested in an electric fireplace in my new home.