Design of all kinds teaches that there should be a focal point whether you’re talking about a painting or a logo. Some things should stand out and others should blend into the background. The same is true of interior design.

In open format homes, it can be a challenge to know where to direct attention. Some places draw attention naturally like the island of the kitchen or the way we decorate around the television in the living room. Other overlooked places can be easily turned into the centerpiece of your space and do so in a way that immediately lets your guests know who you are and what’s important to you.

For example, making a fireplace the center of your home can significantly enhance the aesthetic appeal and ambiance of the space. Whether you're remodeling or building new, let the fireplace become the heart of your design.

Here are some ideas on how to achieve fireplace perfection.

Give Attention to the Surround

The area around the fireplace, known as the surround, can greatly influence its visual impact. Consider adding materials such as stone, tile, brick, or wood to create a focal point that matches draws the eye.

If you really want to make a statement, consider proportions in order to have ultimate impact. A surround that goes from floor to ceiling draws attention and will never leave you in doubt of where the center of the home is.

Include a Mantel

A mantel above the fireplace can draw attention to the area and provide a platform for displaying artwork, photos, or decorative items. Choose a mantel design that complements the style of your design and enhances the fireplace as a focal point.

Think about how a full mantel vs a mantel shelf will impact your design. Some designs may only need a mantel shelf to set apart the space in a more minimal environment. On the other hand, a full mantel with shelf and legs may be more appropriate fit for traditional settings.

Highlight with Lighting

Install lighting fixtures such as sconces or recessed lights above or beside the fireplace to illuminate the area and enhance its prominence in the room. You can also use LED strip lighting or candles to add warmth and ambiance.

Pick a wall mounted electric fireplace that has various lighting options such as ember bed lighting, backlighting, flame color options, etc. to enhance ambiance you in your space.

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Create Symmetry

Symmetrical arrangements can enhance the visual impact of a fireplace and make it a focal point in the room. Plan for matching furniture, décor, or accessories on either side of the fireplace to create balance and draw attention to the center of the space.

Close up of a fireplace with screen and tool accessories to the side.

Accessorize Thoughtfully

Decorate the fireplace mantel and hearth with carefully curated accessories such as vases, sculptures, candles, or mirrors. Arrange them in a visually pleasing manner to draw attention to the fireplace and create a focal point.

Consider adding fireplace accessories like tools, screens, andirons, and doors to draw further attention to the space. You can also try adding trim around your fireplace to, as it were, outline the fireplace. 

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Make it Functional

If an existing fireplace isn’t in use anymore, consider making it functional again. Dancing flames are excellent center for a seating arrangement or conversation area. Arrange furniture around the fireplace to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere that encourages socializing and relaxation.

An electric fireplace insert is the easiest way to get your fireplace functional again without all the hassle of wood burning or the maintenance of gas.

Convert to an Electric Fireplace


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Experiment with Color

Paint the wall behind the fireplace a different color to make it stand out and draw attention to the area. Bold or contrasting colors can create a dramatic focal point, while subtle shades can help the fireplace blend seamlessly into the room's design.

Think about choosing color for your fire area too. Our beautiful Country Living stoves come in a variety of bold colors that are sure to draw attention.

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Electric fireplace in a wall with art above the mantel.

Incorporate Artwork

Hang artwork above the fireplace to create a striking focal point. Choose pieces that complement the style and color scheme of the room while also adding visual interest and personality to the space.

If you prefer to put the TV above the fireplace, update to a model that displays art-like images. You’ll be able to change your art whenever you want and have the practical benefits of the TV at the same time.

By incorporating a few of these ideas, you can create a focal point that enhances the overall aesthetic and atmosphere of your home. Experiment with different design elements and arrangements to create a look that reflects your personal style and makes a statement in your living space.


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