Transform your fireplace into the hottest spot in your home with our easy, step-by-step guidelines. Don't worry: You probably have most of what you need!
All About the Wall
- Start with a grouping of framed art: the interplay of an arrangement has a more enduring appeal than a single piece.
- Add a pair of scones to iluminate the ara and offer a warm glow, even when the fire is not lit.
- Fill in with a few small objects on the mantle, to give the arrangement dimension. A pair of horses and a cluster of decanters introduce pleasing curves to play off rectangles.
Tip: Be sure to leave 6 to 8 inches of space between the bottom of the frames and the ledge, so objects don't block the art.
Before you head out to a store, shop your house. Do you have a large mirror or piece of framed art that would work as a focal point? Gather an assortment of items such as books, statuettes, bowls, candles (a variety keeps things interesting), and you won't know what works until you've tried a few arrangements. Use the product suggestions that follow to fill in any gaps.
Sources: interior designers Wendy Generes and Robin Henry of Westport, Conn.