10 Ways to Style a Fireplace and Mantel

Gorgeous antique crackled white wood fireplace surround in country living room on Hello Lovely

This isn’t just a random post for inspiration…I am collecting ideas specifically for a non-working, decorative fireplace to add to the bedroom or living room in our Arizona cottage…but that doesn’t mean these ideas aren’t relevant if there’s a fire roaring in your working fireplace…plenty of ideas to steal to decorate your fireplace mantel here as well.

While we don’t yet have the budget to add a real, working fireplace, I’m hopeful we can find a vintage surround and mantel or build one ourselves, style it, and maybe even add a real fireplace insert later.

If you are fortunate enough to live in a historic home with fireplaces in the bedrooms and everywhere–oh my! That would truly be a dream to style them (unless they are placed in areas that drive you crazy.)

Enjoy these ideas for adding style to a decorative fireplace, inspiring images of pretty ones, and suggestions for objects that might work for your mantel or hearth.

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1. Layer on the vintage.

(above) I love the effortless layering of pots and pumpkins on this mantel, and the architecturally brilliant structure the simple, easy to find, window frame adds.

2. Serene calm just works.

Isn’t this a gorgeous example of tone on tone bliss?

Gorgeous stone fireplace surround with carved ornamentation on Hello Lovely Studio

via Pinterest

3. Rustic meets the Sea.

A lot of us have sea fans lying around, and a black background helps it pop against the simplest of painted brick fireplace surrounds…and isn’t it refreshing to see wood stumps replace the expected candles?

White brick fireplace with wood mantel on Hello Lovely Studio

via Architectural Digest


4. Simple cut logs.

I’m a girl of simple tastes who adores this undone look with the firebox full of logs rather than fire.

Exposed red brick decorative fireplace with logs on Hello Lovely Studio

via Joanna Goddard

5. Hydrangea blooms.

This white and spring green combo feels casual, fresh, and soothing.

Beautiful white decorative fireplace with hydrangea in fire box on Hello Lovely Studio

via Architectural Digest

6. Classic + Modern.

I’m always saying I just can’t live with red, but pinky-red? Ooh la la, I love this brick and the tidy styled mantel. (And, hey, that’s my Ralph Lauren striped pillow…mine is outside in the courtyard.)

Shaker style white fireplace surround over red brick fireplace on Hello Lovely

via Pinterest

7. Cozy storage.

Who says you can’t have function AND form in a nonworking fireplace? Woven baskets for pillows and throws looks natural here, and the sheepskin rug just invites you to cozy on down.

Beautiful white brick fireplace with baskets in fire box on Hello Lovely

via Architectural Digest

8. Leaning Guitar.

Multiple ideas to steal from this inspiring vignette, but I’m taking this simple one: display your guitar as art and to encourage more playing.

White traditional fireplace with black insert on Hello Lovely Studio

via Architectural Digest

9. Books in lieu of fire.

Don’t try this at home if your fireplace works!

Arched fireplace with books and vintage box on Hello Lovely

House and Home

10. Openly faux.

This is a super sweet faux fireplace bookshelf in a cottage-style kitchen, and while the decor is too precious for me personally, this is a clever configuration (I’d lose the wallpaper and plates, and cover the books in kraft paper for a uniform look).

Colorful cottage style room with decorative white fireplace bookshelves on Hello Lovely

via My Ideal Home

Do you have a favorite of those above or a comment about how you like to style a fireplace, working or not?

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Peace to you right where you are.



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  1. September 20, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    Michele this is a fantastic post. So many wonderful ideas and links I gotta go back and scroll through some more. Oh and your new blog looks great too!

    • michele
      September 21, 2017 / 5:51 am

      Thank you so much, Leslie…it’s coming along nicely and without too much headache! I love your post about styling a table for fall and the commentary from you which always feels so organic and rich. xox

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