Decorating Your Fireplace to Reflect Your Personal Style: The Hearth and the Mantel
Personalize Your Fireplace to Reflect Your Decorative Style
There is perhaps no greater feeling than curling up in front of a fireplace in the winter. During the holidays, the fireplace is where presents are opened, New Year’s resolutions are made, and where family can bask in the warmth of each other’s company.
In many ways, a fireplace is the focal point of your home. It’s at once a sign of distinction and a perfect place to catch up and get closer with the ones you love. You also have an opportunity to express yourself with materials and design, further customizing your home to fit your tastes.
Whether a wood-burning or gas-fueled installation, it’s the beauty of your fireplace that will linger in the memory for years to come. That’s why making the right design choices—and ensuring all safety considerations are given proper attention—is best done with a professional.
We, at Harmony Home Concierge, understand how a fireplace can be the most treasured part of a home. Our expert designers and installers can realize the true beauty a fireplace can bring to a room so you can focus on getting cozy.
Read below about some of the most important design considerations in terms of aesthetics and safety, and contact Harmony Home Concierge today.
Designing Your Mantel
There are several considerations when choosing and placing your fireplace mantel. The National Standard Building Code requires over-hanging mantels made of combustible materials to hang no less than six inches above the fireplace opening.
Designing a fireplace mantel also means choosing a material. Naturally-finished mantel pieces should fit the aesthetic of the surrounding area and the fireplace itself—if your living room is lighter in color, a bright and light poplar piece will work well. Or, alternately, a rich red oak could establish an attractive contrast or fit into a darker-schemed room.
Many interior designers also suggest the mantel color and design should match or complement the baseboard molding that runs along the meeting of your walls and floors. This is one of the ingenious ways you can make your fireplace a cohesive part of your room’s overall design scheme.
Our Harmony Home Concierge design specialists can bring their years of experience to wood matching, color development, and proper placement of your fireplace mantel.
Decorating Your Mantel
The mantel is where you can add some decor to your fireplace. Whether displaying pictures of the family or placing that souvenir that is a conversation starter, the options are nearly endless for designing your mantel.
While mantel decor is ultimately your choice, our Harmony Home Concierge interior design specialists can bring an expert touch to the entire presentation. From matching picture frame to adding some holiday flair, we can help make your mantel a focal point in and of itself!
Designing Your Hearth
Hearths are an important consideration for fireplaces. Not only can they enhance a space aesthetically—they are a crucial safety consideration.
National building codes require that hearths generally stretch out 16 inches from the opening of your fireplace and extend at least six inches on either side. Always made of non-combustible materials, your hearth prevents damage from radiant heat, as well as spark and burning embers, from damaging wood and carpets.
The choice of materials can impact the space greatly. Using a material that matches both the fireplace composition and your flooring will give this area the right amount of distinction and flow for the whole fireplace.
One of the most popular options for hearths are elevated stone installations. Stone has the particular quality of being the safest material to use, as well as being able to fit comfortably amid many different design schemes.
The masons who work for Harmony Home Concierge have years of experience and can help you choose from innumerable stone varieties to enhance the beauty of your space.
Creating a Focal Point
It’s crucial to think of your fireplace, mantel, and hearth as a new opportunity to foster cohesiveness and distinction in the space it inhabits.
Natural material colors can either blend into their surroundings or create an attractive contrast. You can also choose to paint or stain the materials, opening up a whole new world of creativity.
Overall, you want the fireplace to be a place attractive enough to become a meeting place for friends and family. It’s where late-night conversations, holiday parties, and cheers for the New Year will linger in the memory for years to come—and Harmony Home Concierge can help you accomplish your goal.
Let Us Help You
We at Harmony Home Concierge understand the importance of fireplace decor, design, and safety. Our expert masons can help you choose the right materials and design for your hearth, and our interior designers use their years of experience to make the best color and placement choices.
Harmony Home Concierge can also help with converting your fireplace to gas power, or from gas to wood. For all needs design and safety for fireplaces, Harmony Home Concierge is here to lend a helping hand.