Don’t you love to walk into a room with a fireplace? Something about a grand stone or brick fireplace makes a room feel instantly warm and welcoming. Unfortunately, decorating these rooms can be challenging because fireplaces are often positioned in inconvenient locations. Here are some of the most common questions home owners have about decorating a space with a fireplace:
Where do I put a TV in a room with a fireplace?
We’ve seen lots of creative TV placements around fireplaces. If the fireplace facade reaches up to the ceiling, you can install a mount directly on the facade above the fireplace. You could also put the TV next to the fireplace on the wall, or choose an entirely different wall for your television and use a more open floor plan.
How do I decorate a room with more than one focal point?
Let’s say you have a fireplace on one wall with big picture windows on the adjacent wall. Or maybe you have a TV on one wall and the fireplace on the opposite wall. How can you arrange your furniture in a room with two or more focal points?
This design challenge doesn’t have to become a dilemma! Remember that your room can serve more than one function. It can be an entertainment room where you watch TV, and also serve as a room made for hosting good conversations. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Don’t point all your sofas and chairs in one direction. Offer multiple seating options for guests to choose whether they want to face the fireplace, windows, TV, or other focal points.
- Choose couches and seats with low backs. (For example, look at our Chesterfield Sofa and Castro Sofa.) This way, your chair backs won’t block the view of the fireplace, artwork, and windows.
- Consider setting up multiple “stations” in the room. For example, you could have a reading nook in one corner, a small cafe table with two chairs for intimate conversation, and a larger seating area with a sectional and two accent chairs.
How should I decorate with a fireplace positioned between two rooms?
If you have a more open floor plan with a fireplace sitting in the space between two rooms, you may feel like you have limited interior design options. We recommend looking at the tips above to design with more than one focal point in mind. Don’t obstruct the view of the fireplace, but also don’t feel like you have to sacrifice other focal points in the sitting room.
To create a sense of cohesion between the two rooms, we recommend using the same color palette for both. Even if you switch up the patterns and furniture styles, a common color palette can draw the two rooms together.
How can I make my fireplace look more exciting?
If you’re bored by the facade of your brick or stone fireplace, there are many ways to add a little flair. Here are just a few examples:
- Replace the facade with colorful patterned tiles. Tiles are sort of like wallpaper for your fireplace—you can create whatever personality or vibe you want!
- Replace the facade with bold patterned marble.
- Add a mantle over the fireplace which features intricate carvings.
How far away should I keep furniture from the fireplace?
For basic safety and comfort, insurance companies and furniture manufacturers recommend placing furniture at least three feet away from the fireplace. If you choose to place decorations above and beside the fireplace, be mindful and choose items which are not highly flammable.
How do I design a room with a non-functioning fireplace?
If you don’t like to use (or can’t use) your fireplace to actually burn wood, you can still turn it into a beautiful focal point! Here are some creative ideas:
- Fill the space inside the fireplace with candles and candlesticks at a variety of heights.
- Put a large, decorative basket in the fireplace to function as decor and storage space.
- Place plants inside the fireplace which don’t require much sunlight.
- Cover the fireplace with a decorative cage.
How can I customize the interior design of a room with a fireplace?
We would love to help you design a custom sofa or sectional for your living space. You can browse some of our most popular styles to find one which coordinates with your fireplace facade, or we can even help you design a brand new style for your room. All our custom couches and sectionals allow you to choose the style, fabric, colors, and exact dimensions of your new seats.