Fireplaces may seem like an antiquated feature from yesteryear, but for many, they’re still important in their living room space. And as industrial, rustic and authentic interior design trends are resurfacing, so are the use of fireplaces. We’re seeing a lot more people clear out their chimneys and relight their fires.
And so, many people are asking: how do we decorate a living room with a fireplace in the middle?
This question may not be as silly as you think. Fireplaces are, (obviously), immoveable; meaning that unlike every other piece of furniture, your interior design and decoration must work around the fireplace.
Likewise, another difficulty of having a fireplace is that it tends to be in the living room (of which in most homes there is only one). While a fireplace normally demands the focus of the room, so does a television; how does one make the two work harmoniously?
Read our 10 tips!
How to Decorate a Living Room with a Fireplace in the Middle
Don’t Make the Fireplace the Focal Point
Often, if you have a fireplace that is still used, it can be tempting to point furniture towards it to give it the focus of the room. Which, if you have another room designated for your TV is fine, but if not, you should really avoid this. Don’t make your fireplace the focal point, as it’s only used for a few months of the year.
The space needs to be multi-functional to accommodate your various purposes for it. By preventing a large feature the focus of the room, you’ll open it up and create a relaxed atmosphere.
Don’t Make the TV the Focal Point
This is a general rule for every living room, regardless of whether it’s host to a fireplace – but it’s even more important if it does.
Even though you don’t want to make the fireplace the focal point, you don’t want to ignore it either. When lit and roaring away, all you’ll want to do is curl up in front of it – which will be hard if your furniture is pointing away from it!
I think we’re all guilty of watching too much TV, so by refusing the television the room’s focus, you’ll encourage alternative pastimes… like a good old dialogue between those inhabiting it!
Don’t Hang the TV Above your Fireplace
A common mistake when trying to decorate a living room with a fireplace in the middle is hanging a TV above. Don’t do it. Both are huge features that deserve their own space. Each will detract from the other meaning you’ll never fully appreciate them.
Create Sections with Your Furniture
By now you’ve realised the best thing to do is position your TV separate to your fireplace, which leads to another question: at which do you point the furniture? The answer: neither.
Space providing, you can create sections with your furniture. L-shaped sofas are great for this, as when placed in the middle of a room they create a cutoff. This then allows for separate furniture, like a cosy armchair, to be placed in line with the fireplace. Note the brown armchairs in the image can be turned to create a lounging space with or without the fireplace?
If space doesn’t allow for this, try and place your sofas at a vertical angle to the fireplace, so once lit it can still be enjoyed from a seated position – but also points elsewhere (like the TV).
Anchor the Sitting Area with a Rug
While sofas are pretty much the largest pieces of furniture, they often feel isolated and free-floating when positioned in the middle of a room. To anchor your sitting area, use a large rug to tie your seats together and help the furniture create a section like specified in the previous point.
Evenly Weight your Mantelpiece
Another tip that’s often missed when wanting to decorate a living room with a fireplace in the middle, is equally weighting the mantelpiece.
Mantelpieces are fantastic places to showcase items, such as flowers, pictures, trophies etc. But they can quickly become eyesores and throw the feng shui off-kilter if placed unevenly.
The best way to avoid this is by imagining the mantelpiece is propped up by one pin in the middle, the only way to keep it straight (and your items on it) is by perfectly balancing the weight either end/along the shelf.
Place a Coffee Table in Front of the Fireplace
By placing a coffee table in front of the fireplace (particularly a circular or oval one) will allow furniture to be placed in any direction – it will act as a pivotal point. This is will help you achieve point 1 and 2!
Stack Logs Inside the Room for a Rustic Feel
When of the best things about having and using a fireplace is its rustic, authentic feel. Plus, the sound and smell of burning wood will make you feel at ease instantly. So why not make the most of your feature by displaying some of your wood logs inside the living room? (It’ll also make it easier to grab when you want to use them).
Tip: A great place to stack them is under the TV as it’ll tie the two focal points together!
Expose the Brick around the Fireplace
For an authentic feel, and to really accentuate your fireplace, strip back to expose the brick of your fireplace. It’ll make a wonderful accent wall and add to the rustic, industrial interior design theme perfectly.
Have One Armchair for the Fireplace
Our last tip for how to decorate a living room with a fireplace in the middle is to place one chair solely for the fireplace.
This is particularly important during Spring and Summer when the fireplace isn’t being used as regularly; you don’t want this area of your living room to become redundant and feel less homey.
By placing an armchair dedicated to the fireplace for reading, relaxing, cross-stitching (insert your preferred pastime here) – you’ll ensure that the space is continually used all year round. And this, in turn, will lead to you associating the armchair and fireplace duo as a relaxing spot to unwind.
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