Fireplaces are simply magical. Not only do they provide rooms with an additional source of light and warmth, but they also create a visual centerpiece to anchor other design elements in the space.
However, too often, a poorly-designed room hinders a fireplace’s beauty. Unbalanced furniture, too much clutter, and lack of accents can make any fireplace a bit drab.
If you have a fireplace, use your interior design to celebrate its traditional beauty and multipurpose charm. Here are three design tips to breathe new life into any old hearth:
1. Explore Fireplace Corbel Designs
Fireplace corbels are the two L-shaped braces on either side of the pit used to hold up the mantle. Fireplace corbel designs range from simple and traditional to elegant and detailed. Since they’re often made of stone or wood (which can last hundred of years without rot or wear), choosing quality corbels is a great long-term investment for your fireplace. Look for corbel designs that you can incorporate naturally with the existing decor. Intricately carved wood inlays might work in a room already fitted with decorative crown molding and vintage sofas, while simple, small corbels might make more sense in a minimalist or modern room.
2. Strike a Balance
Besides perhaps a sofa, a fireplace is one of the largest elements in a room. Furniture and the “flow” of the living space tend to center around the fireplace, so be sure to use this to your advantage. Try creating a harmonious sense of symmetry by including duplicate or similar design elements on either side of the hearth. Two opposing armchairs, matching wall art, or identical lamps are all great choices. While it’s best to avoid being too “matchy-matchy,” incorporating a pattern or mirror image around the fireplace can help highlight its presence and beauty.
3. Avoid Clutter
While fireplace mantles offer old-fashioned charm and a natural place to display mementos, avoid crowding your fireplace with too many knick-knacks. Often, an abundance of photos, books, and keepsakes can distract from the beauty of the room, especially if stored at eye-level. And, if you actually build fires in your hearth, storing beloved objects so close to the smoke and heat might even cause them damage. Instead, keep only one or two favorite pieces on the mantle, and give the rest an honorary position on a different, less central shelf.
If you’re lucky enough to have a room with a fireplace, celebrate it with your good taste in interior design. By avoiding clutter, creating balance, and accenting with fireplace corbel designs, you’ll learn to love your hearth even more.
For more great tips or to explore our selection of architectural wood carvings, check us out at Enkeboll Designs today!