A working fireplace is a favorite gathering spot during the colder months. But if you can’t or prefer not to light fires in yours, it can still be a focal point. From eye-catching accents to strategic storage, there are a wealth of ways to brighten up the hearth while the fire’s out.
The Sophisticated Stack
Sure, there’s the classic stack of logs—but why not top the andirons with something a little more out of the box? A collection of coral, a set of sculptural stone objets: Anything you can pile together to create a gorgeous vignette is fair game.
The Singular Statement
For a simpler (yet no less impactful) option, pick one large statement piece to either fill or partially cover the fireplace. A lush leafy plant, a tortoiseshell, an oversize crystal—just about any eye-catching piece will do, so long as its scale is large enough that it won’t seem dwarfed by the mantel.
Prefer a maximalist look? Take that singular statement piece and multiply it—think a dozen ginger jars instead of one, or a bookshelf’s worth of books stacked right up to the mantel. There’s power in repetition (and no tricky mixing-and-matching required).
The Lavish Layers
Bring the display out from within the fireplace and onto the hearth for a focal point with even greater presence. A piece of artwork casually leaned against the firebox, stacks of books topped with decorative objects, even a small piece of furniture: Accessorize this spot as you would the area beneath a console to make the very most of your room’s living space.