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How do I style my fireplace? Let’s ask Jess Bettenay!

Stacey by Stacey
August 13th, 2014

How do I style my fireplace without using the standard go-to mirror?”

Reader questions are our fave and because we have quite a few we have decided to make reader questions a weekly post…so get your questions in because our resident decorator Jess Bettenay of The Assembly Hall is happy to answer ALL of them!! Thanks to our loyal reader Amy Coffey for asking this great question.

And this is why we love Jess so much…enjoy!

Fireplaces are usually a focal point in a room so they are a great opportunity to create interest and depth in a space.  There are many ways you can go about this but the main point is to be creative and have some fun.  Here are some examples:

Option 1:

Using a bold painting or print to make a simple but powerful statement.  Just remember it is important to still add small details to the mantel for the best results.

Image from Fenton and Fenton Picture by Armelle Habib

Image from Fenton and Fenton Picture by Armelle Habib

Image from The Assembly Hall - Picture by Armelle Habib

Image from The Assembly Hall – Picture by Armelle Habib

Option 2:

Layering items.  Don’t be afraid to try this out: use random pictures and prints, market finds, lamps, interesting objects, animal heads, flowers – basically anything you feel like.

The trick is to play around with it so there is some order and not just a jumbled mess – I like to call it “organised chaos”.

Picture via Abigail Ahern

Picture via Abigail Ahern

Image via The Assembly Hall - Picture by Armelle Habib

Image via The Assembly Hall – Picture by Armelle Habib

Option 3:

Finally the other option is to shift the focus to either the actual fireplace or the whole wall surrounding it.  A few cool ideas include painting the fireplace a bold colour, tiling the fireplace or surrounding the fireplace with wallpaper.  Here’s what I mean:

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via The Assembly Hall  Wallpaper by Cole & Son

Image via The Assembly Hall Wallpaper by Cole & Son

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Let the style of your house guide you as to which is the best option and once you have chosen the option then play around with the different ideas, create a mood board and have some fun.

THANKS SO MUCH JESS!!! We love this and can’t wait for our weekly installments. xxx

Don’t forget to send in your questions Show + Tell readers!!

Stace xxx

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