Decorate a living room with a fireplace in the middle

If you have a living room with a fireplace in the middle, then you are in luck. In most cases, a fireplace is the perfect centerpiece or focal point for this room. The trick comes in how you decorate around it.

After all, this is the biggest challenge when decorating a living room around a fireplace. Compared to a room without, we must base our layout, at least in some path, around him.

Our suggestion? Look for creative ways to anchor this all-important element in the room using interesting decorating ideas. There are many ways to decorate around, on each side and in front of a living room fireplace for better design synergy in the room.

Here’s a look at some unique living rooms, each with a fireplace at the heart of their designs.

Aditi is a home writer and editor with many years of experience. His articles, backed by insights from experts, offer suggestions to help readers make the best home design choices. For this article, she spoke with several designers to figure out how to decorate a living room with a fireplace in the center.

1. Make the fireplace the focal point

A living room with a fireplace in the middle

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If you have a fireplace centered on the main living room wall, use it as a focal point and place all the furniture around it. Why not try a layout that shows it off, like in this project designed by Cat Dal Interiors (opens in a new tab).

Curved sofas, ottomans and armchairs are the easiest pieces of furniture for this type of arrangement. In this space, pop-colored ottomans are kept in front of the fire when not in use, providing occasional extra seating, while additional interest is created by decorating the mantle above the fireplace with a mirror.

“A fireplace can often serve as the focal point of the room, providing a structure to use as a reference point for the rest of the design of the space,” says Malka Helft, founder of Think Chic Interiors. (opens in a new tab). “Things to keep in mind include materials, as using tile, an antique mantle or stone can all give very different results and aesthetics. What will work best in your space? The second thing to keep in mind is functionality. Is this a fireplace that you will use very often? If so, you’ll want to make sure it’s easily accessible and easy to maintain and clean, so try not to put any furniture in the way and make sure you have storage space for the wood. heater within easy reach.

2. Keep the decor minimalist

A living room with an elegant fireplace

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If you are aiming for a minimalist living room, keep the decor simple and subtle. Balance your interior with complementary colors and embed the fireplace into the wall so it’s eye-catching but not overwhelming or bulky.

Consider converting your fireplace surround to a single panel wall. This way you draw the eyes from the fireplace to the interesting architecture.

Aside from the usual massive fireplaces, when it comes to minimalism, think of fireplaces with wide but shallow ribbons of fire or gas flames, literally appearing like ribbons of fire. The look is contemporary yet minimalist, with no faux logs. The flames rise from rock, sand or glass and give the illusion of a wood-burning fireplace, adding the warmth and beauty of a flickering flame.

“To add further layers and create a beautiful ambiance, be sure to add lighting throughout by combining lamps, sconces, lanterns and spotlights to illuminate the fireplace,” says Joshua Smith, founder of Joshua Smith Inc. (opens in a new tab). “Keep in mind that with minimal wall space, you’ll need to be smart with electrical sources. Having outlets installed in the floor for lamps, lights, and sound equipment is a great workaround.

3. Don’t be a slave to symmetry

A living room with symmetrical decor

(Image credit: Jessica Gersten Interiors. Photo credit Andrew Frasz)

With the fireplace as the focal point of the room, it’s tempting to opt for a symmetrical design. However, a more interesting scheme doesn’t care so much about symmetry as it does about balance, ensuring that elements, colors, and even materials don’t feel too unbalanced.

This is particularly useful when designing a small living room fireplace, as the limited dimensions of the space can very quickly seem unbalanced or overdone if not carefully planned.

This design is the perfect example of how non-symmetrical decor can make a real impact. “Although not symmetrical as such, the artwork on the left side of the fireplace was selected to balance the sculptural console on the right side and vice versa,” says Jessica Gersten, founder of Jessica Gersten Interiors. (opens in a new tab).

4. Be more creative with fireplace niches

A living room with a fireplace in the middle

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If you have a large wall, you can surround the fireplace with shelves, either open or closed for a more decorated look. Plus, this way you have an accent wall while drawing attention to the fireplace. Use these niches to display interesting curios, artwork and more.

You can also create eye-catching firewood storage next to your fireplace for a more country feel. Firewood logs can be a nice addition to a space.

When stacked vertically or horizontally, they can effortlessly bring warmth and comfort to a space and add layering to an interior design scheme. “With custom built-in storage, horizontal storage is the easiest to fill, fire logs, and refill,” says Catherine Staples, lead designer at Aspen & Ivy (opens in a new tab).

5. Make a chimney the focal point of a U-shaped section

A living room with a round sectional

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There’s no better comfy living room idea than a curved or U-shaped sofa. Humans inherently respond to curves, and this layout creates a calm, relaxing, and tranquil setting. To add the icing on the cake, a fireplace in the center can provide that little extra comfort, ideal for those cold days and nights.

When creating the layout of such a room, consider the fireplace as another seat in the layout, so it should be able to interact with everyone around it. Move your living room sofa closer to the accent wall and keep its center of gravity thinking of the fireplace.

6. Use it to furnish a large living room

A living room with a fireplace in the middle

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Sometimes, in large spacious spaces with multiple seats and large windows, it can be difficult to create an interior scheme with a warm ambience. Enter fireplaces. These warm contraptions will create a sense of intimacy and calm in a room that might seem too spread out. Additionally, a fireplace helps anchor a room that has too much furniture.

To make the fireplace cozier, choose materials or designs that look cozy. Consider a wood-burning fireplace or a stone or brick fireplace. “Another easy update to a fireplace is to renovate the facade by painting the millwork,” says Karen B. Wolf, founder of Karen Wolf Interiors. (opens in a new tab). “Try deep blue/dramatic black to create drama in space.”

Use this space to anchor the center of the layout, encouraging residents to gather around it and engage in deeper, more personal conversations.

7. Add a mirror on either side of the fireplace

A living room with a fireplace in the middle

(Image credit: Jessica Lagrange Interiors. Photo credit Nathan Kirkman)

One of the most well-known ways to decorate around a fireplace and mantle is to use the “three plus one” trick. This means using elements of different heights to create visual interest. Place three similar objects on one side of your fireplace and a large one on the other. In doing so, remember not to align them, but above all to stagger them.

Of course, the rule of three plus one is just one of endless ways to decorate a fireplace. The other is with mirrors. Living room mirrors have more than one use. Not only do you create cohesion and uniformity in the look of the room by placing exactly two identical mirrors on either side of the fireplace, but you also create the illusion of more space, bring in more light and reflect the best in the room, depending on how high you hang the mirror.

Want to add more layers? Bring visual weight by creating a secondary focal point on the mantle, with a vase or sculpture. This will relieve the weight of bulky mirrors.

8. Choose an alternative to a TV above a fireplace

A living room with a TV on the central wall and a fireplace on the adjacent wall

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Sure, placing a TV above a fireplace can be a common sight, but it could be a bit of a disadvantage as it discourages conversation. It can also detract from the look of your interior, as the TV may look out of place with your decor and be at the wrong height for casual viewing. .

For a functional living room TV, consider mounting the TV on a corner wall or adjacent to the main wall of the foyer. This subtle change will make the decor of the room more cohesive and encourage people to notice the entirety of the room (especially useful if your home has rich architectural bones).

For more efficient circulation space, be sure to place a few free seats near the television and a few near the fireplace, so your guests can divide into small, intimate groups and spend time watching television or have long conversations. by fire.

How to arrange furniture around a fireplace?

If you want to make the fireplace the focal point of your modern living room, be sure to place all the furniture so that the fireplace also serves as the center of gravity of the room. This can be done by placing the largest piece of furniture, usually a long sofa, facing the fireplace, with the rest of the armchairs around it. A semi-circular layout usually works.

Keep in mind that your furniture should allow for ease of movement to and from the fireplace. To encourage more time by the fire, perhaps place ottomans or chairs next to the fireplace, creating an inviting and warm fireplace seat for you or a guest.

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