The design of your fireplace can help set the tone for the rest of the room. If someone was asked to describe the perfect winter scene, it's likely that a cozy room with a warm fireplace would be mentioned. Fireplaces not only provide warmth, they provide an opportunity to set a certain mood. For some, the mood is a romantic setting to spend time with a significant other. For others, it is a place to gather with friends or family and enjoy the season or a winter vacation getaway. Because the fireplace can be such an essential centerpiece, it's always a good idea to decorate the surrounding space to match the mood you are looking for. A fireplace does not provide a very large amount of space, so choosing your decor items will mean measuring your space before you begin.
The first step in decorating your fireplace is to think about a color scheme. The color scheme will also depend on the construction of the fireplace. Fireplaces are often built from iron, bricks, marble or stone. The way in which you decorate your space will need to include the texture of the constructed material. Black or iron fireplaces are an excellent way to express different patterns and colors. The black backdrop becomes an almost blank canvas to build on. A red vase will pop on top of a black mantelpiece. Brick patterns, which usually include red, grey and white tones can have a very rustic feel. If you want to liven up the colors, add reds and yellows to make the existing brick color stand out. If you are working with a marble or stone fireplace, neutral colors and warm tones can add a spa feel to your surrounding space.
Once you have made a decision on your color scheme, you can begin adding accessory pieces that will help liven up the space. This could include picture frames, candles, decorative bottles, framed diplomas or figurines.