Christmas is almost here and that means LOTS of decorating! While WE don't have a mantel to decorate (boohoo), I know that a LOT of you do, and since fireplaces are usually the major focal point in a room I thought we'd share a few really great ideas on how you can freshen yours up this holiday season so that your decor really stands out!
Don't have a fireplace or mantel? Keep reading... we cover that too.
Painting your Brick:
Although brick is beautiful and classic in lots of homes, sometimes it doesn't exactly fit your style. A great way to get a completely different look, without having to spend a lot of time on demolition and materials cost, is to simply paint your brick. White seems to be the trend lately, but any shade of medium or light gray would also look beautiful.
If you're still not satisfied with a mostly brick fireplace, you can opt to build out around it. Using inexpensive MDF material you can design a high-end looking fireplace on a small budget. This technique also helps to give your mantel more bulk and space for those fun decor items.
Adding or Changing the Tile Surround:
Updating the tile design or color around your fireplace can also be a great way to add personality to your mantel. Because you only need a very small amount, you can search for discounted tile online or even pick up remnant pieces at your local Habitat or thrift store.
Faux Tile Fireplaces:If you like the idea of tile but think it's a bit out of your budget or skill-set, then try painting over your existing tile instead. It may sound a little crazy, but the results are stunning! Using a Faux tile painting technique or small repeating stencil pattern you can create lots of different looks around your fireplace for a fraction of the price.
Now what about those of us who aren't lucky enough to actually have a fireplace or mantel to decorate in our home? Don't worry, I've got you covered too. Try a Faux fireplace or display shelves instead.
If you've got a large bare wall in your space that you wish had a fireplace on it, then try this fun idea of building a fake one. This method gives you complete freedom to choose exactly what you want your fireplace and mantel to look like, and since you don't actually have to worry about the surrounding materials getting too hot or being compatible with fire codes, you can pretty much use whatever you want.
As you know, for us, there isn't a ton of extra room to add much of anything in the way of a full blown OR Faux fireplace, but we really wanted a spot in our home that we could use to change out decor from time to time. After a little brainstorming, we decided to incorporate some free standing decorative shelves into our kitchen nook. You can scatter them in a few different sizes on a wall like we did, or simply find a chunky store-bought one and dress it up for all the different seasons and holidays.
So... which category do YOU fall into? Have you got a beautiful fireplace mantel to decorate, or do you have a set of shelves, like us, that act as your decorating spot?