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Decorating A Modern Fireplace

We know that modern styling is all about sleek designs and clean, open spaces. But how do you style every part of your home to fit that vision? Well, let’s start with one of the focal points of the house. The fireplace. Do you use colors? Framed art? Textural pieces? From the top of the mantle to right in front of the firewood, we’re going to give you some ideas for decorating a modern fireplace.

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First and foremost, it’s important to stay with a minimalistic idea. If you do decide to use any type of accessories above or below the mantel, you mustn’t use too many or create clutter. One center piece or a balance of multiple items will be find as long as they look clean and crisp. This works great if you’re working with a marble fireplace or something with already smooth surfaces.

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You also have to keep in mind color. Modern styling puts emphasis on highlighting neutral tones. It keeps the space looking more open and cleaner. So, if you do decide to add some color make sure it meshes well with neutral tones and doesn’t cause any type of focal chaos. Maybe a deep navy blue or crisp red in a piece of art of minimal floral arrangement.

If you have a fireplace that has texture, like corks, woods or bricks … you must be careful. These types of fireplaces can easily be used for other styling genres like rustic, southern or vintage flavors. So, if you do have a fireplace with a lot of character already, it may be a good idea to keep it completely bare. It will make your crisp room look crisper, bigger and more defined.

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When it’s time to shop for accessories, pay attention to the lines of the decor. You can have interesting pieces as long as they’re clean cut and nothing too grandiose or extravagant. But make sure what you do decide on, you balance out on the mantel. Then keep underneath the fireplace bare, and vice versa. If you decide to add a statute or fun piece on the floor next to the opening, allow your mantel to be kept bare.

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Then, if you want to create even more light and space in you living room. Add a mirror or put your TV above the mantle. This will give an illusion of more space and if you decide on the TV, frees up space elsewhere in the room! We all know mirrors add length, depth and light …. and modern styling loves all three of those assets!

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on December 9, 2012

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Grace Lynne Fleming
From the outskirts of Nashville, I couldn't imagine calling anywhere else home. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.A. in Communication, I'm a lover of words.

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