Learn how to style a fireplace with these simple tips!
Good morning friends!
Here we are – smack dab in the middle of THE MOST chaotic six weeks EVER.
You may remember that, just three short weeks ago, we jumped headfirst into the One Room Challenge, signing on to completely transform one room in our home in just six weeks.
I must say, I couldn’t be more excited to finally be creating the Farmhouse Master Bedroom of my dreams!
Really, dreams are coming true!
You see, I’ve got this lovely feature wall…
This pretty DIY Trumeau Mirror…
And a few dreamy pieces still on their way (find links to them all here)…
Seriously, I’m totally over-the-moon about it all!
But, what I’m most excited about this very moment is this…
I can’t believe my master bedroom has it’s very own fireplace! I’ve dreamed of it for years – a charming fireplace right in my bedroom, creating the most cozy, warm atmosphere. Don’t you just love the character they bring to a room? I mean who can deny the unique beauty of a fireplace in the bedroom?
Okay, so it might not be a real fireplace. But really, how lovely, how cozy and relaxing will this DIY Faux Fireplace be all lit up with candles?
Styled with all sorts of lovely farmhouse treasures!
Now, styling a fireplace can feel a bit daunting at first. A totally blank slate is a great place to start for sure, the only place to start really, but sometimes the possibilities of what it can become can feel totally overwhelming. I promise, with these simple tips and tricks, you’re sure to end up with the most perfectly styled fireplace – a lovely focal point for any room!
How to Style a Fireplace
Let’s start with the mantel, shall we?
There’s just one general rule that you’ll want to keep in mind as you style your fireplace mantel: create a visual triangle. That’s it. Each and every thing you add to your mantel, should relate back to this basic principle.
Step one: Start with your anchor. This could be one large piece, or even a grouping of pieces centred over your mantel that will form the main focal point over your fireplace (think of it as the top of your visual triangle). You’ll want to choose something tall that will fill a large portion of the wall space above your fireplace. Your anchor should create a large visual impact, one that mirrors the firebox below.
Step two: Bring balance to the sides. The next thing you’ll want to think about is bringing some visual weight to each side of your mantel. You want to choose items that will draw your eye from the main focal point outwards, adding width to your design (creating the bottom of your visual triangle). I like to add items that offer some height, but are still smaller than my anchor. Though they don’t need to be exactly the same to maintain balance, but be sure the objects at either end of your mantel are similar in visual weight.
Step three: Accessorize with smaller items. The last step to styling your mantel should be filling it in with smaller decor items. This is where you can make things look as full, or simple and minimal as you’d like. I think the biggest thing to keep in mind here is to add some variance to the heights to avoid creating a horizontal line straight across your mantel, which could overpower your visual triangle. Keep scale in mind here too, be sure to keep your accessories smaller than your first two layers.
Step four: Decorate your hearth. A fireplace isn’t just a mantel, you don’t want to forget that hearth (particularly if you’re working with a faux fireplace like I am today)! This is your chance to really make things cozy – add a chair with a warm throw or maybe some baskets of blankets or logs – whatever it is, don’t miss this chance to really finish things off.
And that’s it my friends! Four simple steps to a perfectly styled fireplace!
I can’t tell you how happy it makes me every time I walk into my bedroom to this lovely DIY Faux Fireplace!
Looking to score a few of these fab farmhouse finds for yourself? Here’s my source list:
DIY Faux Fireplace tutorial
Large White Pitcher
Brass Picture Frame
Set of 6 Bottle Vases & Tray
Hanging Table Clock
Set of 5 Turned Candle Holders
Herringbone Throw Blanket
*UPDATE* See it in our finished Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom here:
Find tutorials for all of our Farmhouse Master Bedroom Projects below:
Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!
*I put several beautiful products from Birch Lane to work styling my fireplace today. Though I received compensation for this post, as always, all opinions are 100% my own. For more information, please read my disclosure policy.*