If you own real estate in Irvine, the abundance of nice and sunny days in this region may limit the use of your fireplace to just a few weeks per year, but this should not preclude you from taking decorative advantage of this prominent living room feature. Even if your fireplace does not allow you to enjoy a blazing fire because it is of the electric variety, you can always make the mantle and its surrounding structure the focal point of your house that sets the theme according to the season, a special event, or your own personal style. Here are five decorating ideas that can help you transform your fireplace.
1. The Holiday Look
This is an easy decorating idea for a fireplace. Get started a couple of weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday and keep it in place until January. The goal is to transform your mantle into a Christmas ledge with garland, holly, and fresh apples that your family and guests can enjoy. To this effect, you should keep plenty of red and green apples around to replace them as needed. Don’t forget to hang stockings and place candy in small dishes.
2. The Stone Mountain Look
If you purchased an older California ranch-style Irvine house for sale, you can use your fireplace to start the transformation of your living room into a mountain cabin space, particularly if it has a wood-burning hearth. Ask a local contractor to show you stone tiles that match your chosen paint scheme. This look may work out better if you have exposed roof beams, which can also be installed with faux materials.
3. The Modern Look
This look is perfect for electric fireplaces built in modern homes. Keep things minimal. The fireplace should be painted as an accent wall, while the lower mantle can be upgraded with light-colored tile. A tall vase or urn set to one side of the fireplace should be enough decoration, but you can also opt for a pair of indoor plants.
4. The Studious Look
By far the easiest and most fun way to decorate a fireplace is to turn the mantle into a colorful library. Choose books of various sizes and with striking, colorful covers. With this decoration idea, you can choose a book to lean against the wall every few days so the cover is visible.
5. The Mediterranean Look
In coastal regions of Sicily and Naples, elaborate fireplaces, brick ovens, and fire pits are part of an architectural tradition, and they do not feature Roman or Doric columns. Instead, they are extremely colorful. You should not be afraid to choose bright and intricate tiles for this look. Think about cobalt mixed with magenta and seashell pink.
When you purchase a new home, the fireplace is just one of many things you can add your own personal stamp to. Whether you’re looking for condos in Portola Springs or Woodbridge Irvine townhomes for sale, there are many great properties available on the market. Get in touch with a trusted agent from OC Residential today at 714-454-6304.