Festive Fireplaces - the Heart of the Home

Image via Country Homes and Interiors

Image via Country Homes and Interiors


Fireplaces are the heart of the home and a focal point in many living rooms. After you have decorated your Christmas tree, hearths and mantelpieces are the standout features to be next on the list to give your living room that Christmas feel. Nicky Percival Interior Design based in Tunbridge Wells brings you some festive ideas and inspiration for decorating your fireplace, from traditional to rustic to contemporary designs at this very special time of year. Christmas time provides a great opportunity to showcase your personal style and have some fun.


Styles And Colours To Highlight The Fireplace


When it’s cold and dark outside, there really is nothing like sitting by an open fire or a woodburner, as it crackles and pops bringing comfort and reassurance and an all over cosy feel. Consider the colours that you want to use and whether you are looking to coordinate with the tones and hues of your home furnishings or perhaps you prefer a more traditional scene or a country feel.


·      Colours to coordinate with your room

·      Traditional look

·      Foliage display

·      Emphasis on red

·      Go glitzy with gold

·      Nordic style

·      Rustic country effect


Bring The Fragrances Of Christmas With Candles


Candles introduce atmosphere to the fireplace and they look wonderful with any metallic features that you have in your rooms such as mirrors, picture frames and silver and brass ornaments, as the flickering candles add sparkle. Place candles in groups and experiment with candles of differences sizes for effect. Candles also bring the scents of Christmas to your home, so let the aromas fill your room and set the scene for the forthcoming festivities, with mandarin, wild berries, cloves and cinnamon fragrances.


·      Homemade decorations

·      Candles and tealights

·      Hang traditional stockings

·      Festive wreaths

·      Ornaments

·      Garlands and bunting


Wreaths, Stockings, Garlands And Homemade Decorations


Making homemade decorations is fun for all the family and you can really let your imagination run wild. Hanging stockings is a tradition in many homes and above the fireplace is the perfect spot. You could opt for traditional red and white stockings or why not go wild with luxurious silver and gold stockings embellished with sequins and gems. Garlands can be made from holly, ivy and pinecones or from tinsel and baubles and they will really draw attention to your fireplace if they are hung under the mantelpiece. Why not introduce a festive wreath? These come in all shapes, sizes and colours and you could even try creating your own design. 

Traditional natural foliage, glove oranges for scent, candle and a centre piece from Nicky Percival Ltd

Traditional natural foliage, glove oranges for scent, candle and a centre piece from Nicky Percival Ltd




Your hearth, mantelpiece can be stylish, dramatic, opulent or minimalist: it’s entirely up to you! As the mulled wine simmers on the stove and the fluffy slippers are warming by the fire, turn your fireplace from something practical to something magical this Christmas.


What To Do Next


Nicky Percival Interior Design would also like to add a word of caution - make sure that you do not hang anything in reach of open flames that could catch light. If you need any help transforming your home, please get in touch with Nicky on 07773 372158 or email nicky@nickypercival.co.uk for a without obligation chat.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.