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Beautiful Fireplace Mantel Decor Ideas

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Your fireplace functions as the heart of your home. What’s a cozy, fall day without crackling logs and a warm blanket? But if your chimney can’t handle the heat, there are still plenty of ways to decorate a non-working fireplace. These decor ideas dress up the mantle and hearth without relying on fire, so the centerpiece of your living room can always look its best year-round.

Find inspiration on using the niche as a mini bookcase or hiding a TV above the fireplace — no eyesores here. Since your fireplace serves as the focal point for the whole space, take it as a opportunity to showcase beloved artwork or antiques. Ready to roll up your sleeves and get started on a weekend DIY project? Painting over red brick will make your hearth feel more modern, or give a wood mantel a fresh coat in a new color. Your fireplace can wear both neutral and bright hues equally, so go ahead and try something new. Feel free to fill it with something other than logs, too. Books, plants, and prints can all find a home here. Just vacuum up any soot and lay down a drop cloth to protect precious goods before tucking them inside. As for up top, placing vases, mirrors, or candles will go a long way, so don’t forget about the finishing touches. Get ready to enjoy your new hangout spot, and don’t miss these other living room decor ideas to complete the makeover.

Shelve Books

Put that hearth to work in the warm summer months: Stack interesting hardcovers, paperbacks, and magazines inside to create a collected focal point.

Put that hearth to work in the warm summer months: Stack interesting hardcovers, paperbacks, and magazines inside to create a collected focal point.

Hide the TV

At this Mississippi farmhouse, wood doors cover up the TV screen when not in use. The top came from salvaged paving bricks and the homeowner painted the floral canvases herself.

Mount Pretty Plates

Use the wall space above your mantel to show off favorite pieces of china. There’s no need to own a full set — even mismatched settings picked up at antiques shops and tag sales over the years can shine on their own.

Bring in Tall Branches

Big sprigs of greenery punch up this cool, white living room. Snip fresh foliage from the backyard and fill a tall vase for instant visual interest.

Group Neutral Accessories

Assorted prints and found objects look cohesive in shades of white, beige, and black. Who says you need frames that match?

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