Although the main function of a fireplace is to provide warmth, a fireplace, whether you use it or not, can be the focal point of your room.
Here are a few eye-catching tips from Houzz (Make Your Fireplace the Focal Point) to make the most of your fireplace.
Float your fireplace.
By installing a freestanding fireplace into a recessed wall, it provides a three-dimensional feel as well as opportunities for glowing backlights behind the unit.
Complement your fireplace with artwork.
The space above your fireplace is critical and nothing will draw more attention towards the fireplace like an incredible accessory. Find a statement artwork piece that pulls together decorative aspects of the room to create cohesion.
Install colorful tile to the base.
From a functional aspect, this will protect your floors from loose sparks. From a decorative aspect, a colorful, unique tile pattern will pull the eye toward your fireplace.
Expand the width.
A fire burns just as well in fireplaces that are shaped outside of the norm. This extra wide fireplace takes advantage of this wall’s broad space, spreading the warmth and the eye-catching appeal.
Fill it with interesting objects.
Whether your fireplace isn’t usable or you simply want to keep it interesting during its cooler moments, consider placing unexpected objects inside of it to maintain it as a focal point. The spherical shape of these decorative balls bring contrast to the rectangular fireplace.
Choose a double-sided fireplace.
Install your fireplace in front of floor-to-ceiling windows and you’ll be able to catch a view of the outside as though you’re having a bonfire in your living room
Create a “Mantelscape”.
Incorporate a variety of elements that vary in shapes, sizes, and textures to create a landscape across your fireplace mantel.
The History of the Fireplace – Old House Journal Magazine
The Fireplace Book, by Miranda Innes
The Forgotten Art of Building A Good Fireplace, by Vrest Orton