Thursday, November 21 2013
Make your fireplace the room’s focal point with the right colors,
textures, and furnishings throughout the area. The proper room
accents can draw attention to the fireplace so that it is the room’s
Choosing the right wall colors
When choosing wall paint, find the ideal background color palette
for the fireplace. The surrounding walls must be neutral but
dynamic in order to achieve slight contrast with the fireplace.
Next, give the fireplace the chance to pop. Choose a different
color for the wall supporting the fireplace. This allows the
fireplace to be the room’s center point. An example for a gray
stone fireplace would be to paint the surrounding walls a soft ivory
and the wall behind the fireplace a dark, rich blue. This forces the
fireplace to get noticed.
Choosing the right furniture placement
Take advantage of the fireplace in the room. Set up the room
with the right furniture to properly focus attention and create
extra seating. The most functional technique is the U-shape
grouping. Center the sofa across from the room’s center point to
give the fireplace an anchoring effect. Next, finish the U-shape by
mirroring chairs, ottomans, tables, or stools on both sides. This
forces the room’s interest on your beautiful fireplace.
Choosing the right window treatments
The natural light will only accentuate the fireplace. In order to
achieve good natural light within a room, the proper window
treatments are necessary. First, choose a drape color and pattern
that will accent the stonework on the fireplace. Aim for the same
theme or feel. Next, choose a blind color that is neutral and allows
you to control the amount of light entering the room. This two-
toned look will not only accent the fireplace and its stonework, but
also allow you to control the amount of light needed to highlight
the center point fireplace.
Choosing the right accessories
A fireplace is in need of personality. The accessories you choose
to embellish the focal point create the ambiance for the room.
Think of your fireplace as an empty canvas. Add decorations that
standout in color. Add pieces that emphasize the room’s theme.
Add accessories that bring a personal touch to the fireplace. By
drawing attention with interesting pictures, beautiful flowers, or
antique ornaments the fireplace is allowed to be the room’s biggest
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