We may not be in for a White Christmas this year, but most weather forecasters are saying that this winter is going to be a cold one. You can use your central heating to take the edge off the cold, but nothing beats snuggling up under a blanket and sitting in front of a beautiful fireplace. Our grandparents grew up sitting around the fireplace, they did their homework there and spent endless hours talking to their family in front of a warm, crackling fire. Isn’t it time we recreated that feeling in our own living rooms, instead of retiring to separate rooms to watch TV or play on games consoles?
If your fireplace is sitting forgotten in your living room, why not take a few minutes to brighten it up? Most households don’t really need a traditional fireplace these days, but if you have one for an electric or gas fire, why not take advantage of it? Take a look at these creative ideas which show a modern take on what used to be the centre of our living rooms. Even if you don’t have a fire any more, if you have a fireplace you can fill it with candles, lamps, or other decorations and turn the space where the fireplace used to be into an interesting living room centrepiece and the cornerstone of family life once again.
Bring your fireplace up to date with a cool, sleek and modern façade. These beautiful tiles turn a traditional fireplace into something that would not look out of place in even the most high-tech of living rooms. Keep the area near the fire place clutter free for a truly polished, high end look.
A clean and simple pre-made mantle looks much more modern and fresh than old-fashioned brickwork, and makes a great addition to almost any living room. You can decorate the mantelpiece with anything you want. A large mirror above the fireplace will make your living room feel larger, while paintings or portraits can add a more personal touch.
Create a country-style look with some faux stonework around your fireplace. This kind of design looks particularly good in period style living rooms, and homes that have exposed beamwork. For added effect, place a faux fur rug in front of the fire.
For a romantic and rustic feel, try the log cabin look. This cosy and simple design will make your living room feel warmer, bring you closer to nature, and help you relax and unwind after those cold winter nights. This design looks even better if you have a living flame effect fireplace.
If you’re lucky enough to still have a fire place in your home, don’t just ignore it when you’re decorating. Give that area of the room some thought and attention, and you’ll be amazed at how much brighter, warmer and more inviting the room can feel.