When contemplating an open fire, there is a feeling of peace and tranquility, comfort and warmth. Probably the same was experienced by the ancient people, sitting around their hearth. A modern person, involved in the frantic modern rhythm of life, often lacks this. That is why many of us strive to put a fireplace in our homes so that on long winter evenings we can relax with coffee around it and watch the bright lights of the flame.
Decor can radically change the look of a fireplace and give it uniqueness and individuality. The main thing is to observe the compliance of the decor with the general style of the interior of the room.
A wide variety of elements are used to decorate the fireplace.
Flowers and plants are indispensable tools for bringing softness to an interior. If the fireplace is made of stone, live plants will add smooth lines, and it will look less rough and cumbersome.
On the mantelpiece, you can safely place shade-loving plants. A composition of flowering plants with decorative foliage, such as asparagus, will look great.
A very effective combination is given by bright yellow flowers and delicate branches of shrubs on a white background of the fireplace. Arrange them symmetrically on the mantel in clear vases. This technique will revive the interior and fill it with positive.
Plants in simple clay pots are appropriate on the mantelpiece of a fireplace decorated with textured ornaments.
Wire is an excellent material that allows you not only to decorate a false fireplace, but also to achieve its maximum resemblance to the real one.
Any fireplace has a grate. To make it, you will need a thick aluminum wire, which must be inserted into a PVC tube. After the imitation of the lattice is done, it is painted in gold or copper color. Such an element of decor is ideal for a false fireplace with imitation of masonry.
Paint. Quite often, fireproof coverings are used to decorate the fireplace, which are able to withstand high temperatures. Heat-resistant paint is required to treat the surface of the fireplace. She is not afraid of 650 degrees, so she is ideal for this application.
At the preparatory stage, the surface of the fireplace to be painted is cleaned. The fireplace itself is heated to medium temperature. A layer of plaster is applied to the wetted surface. After it dries, you can start painting. The paint should be applied in three thin coats.
Glass. Glass is a refractory decorative element that also performs a safety function. It is placed on the doors or a fireplace is completely built from heat-resistant glass.
Glass has a number of advantages: it allows you to observe the flame without damage to health and the interior, as it prevents smoke, sparks, and accidentally dropped coals from entering the room. In addition, manufacturers offer a wide selection of this material from simple options to interesting and unusual ones - tinted, embossed, with patterns.
Among the disadvantages is the presence of soot on the inside of the glass.
Battery. In some apartments, the radiator of the battery spoils the entire interior of the apartment. It is not recommended to close it completely, as this will significantly reduce heat transfer. But disguise with a false fireplace is quite acceptable. A white box, a white battery and a dark wood mantelpiece will look very harmonious, on which photographs and souvenirs will be snug.
The decor of the fireplace itself should be minimal. A small stucco molding painted with gold paint is enough.
Laser cutting technology allows you to create panels of amazing beauty from metal, which decorate fireplaces. Any sketches are cut with a laser, there is no limit to the complexity. It can be all kinds of patterns, pictures of nature. Outwardly, there is a feeling that the panels are made of paper.
Laser cut fireplace grates not only prevent fires, but also look very impressive.
For the manufacture of stucco, the following materials are used:
- Expanded polystyrene. The most budgetary, but also short-lived option. Easily attaches to the base.
- Gypsum. Durable material that does not lose its properties over time. More expensive in comparison with expanded polystyrene.
- Polyurethane. A material that is not afraid of high humidity. Does not lose shape and color over time.
The opening is decorated with stucco molding, stylizing as antiquity or the Middle Ages. Aging is often used. To make decorative elements on your own, stencils and special forms are used for pouring a liquid solution into them.
Clay tile, which has been stamped with patterns, is the ideal facing material for fireplaces. The material will not crack, crumble and perfectly retain the heat of the hearth for a long time. However, this process is quite laborious. After all, you need to stick each tile.
It is much easier to use a ready-made form, which will create an interesting textured surface on a raw gypsum surface, imitating masonry. But at the same time, there is no need to stack every pebble. After drying, all that remains is to paint the fireplace in the desired color.
Ideas for framing and decorating the fireplace and adjoining wall
In order for the fireplace not to become an absurd stain, but to blend harmoniously into the interior, it is necessary that it match the general style of the room. For example, an artificially aged vintage fireplace is ideal for a classic style.
A white false fireplace made of cardboard boxes against a background of white brickwork will be the ideal solution to revitalize an apartment for the New Year holidays. You can decorate such a structure with candles, garlands, Christmas tree decorations.
Decorative grilles are equally good for a fake fireplace and for a real one. For a false fireplace, they are made of wire and painted in the appropriate color. In a real fireplace, the grates are made of iron.
The grate can give the fireplace a special look. The imitation of the coat of arms makes it look like it has descended from medieval paintings. And the plant pattern, on the contrary, gives lightness and grace.
Ventilation grilles in the fireplace improve the air circulation in the duct. But in order for the much-needed element to have an aesthetic appearance, it is also decorated with various patterns and ornaments.
The walls adjacent to the fireplace can be decorated with family photos, mirrors, all kinds of shelves and niches with souvenirs or books.
For the wedding
A wedding is a solemn event. Flowers, candles, white attributes - all this will add comfort and look great. Delicate white flowers and a garland of paper hearts will look great against the backdrop of a large stone fireplace.
A white fireplace will sparkle with new colors if bouquets of roses are placed on its shelf, alternating with bright greens. An interesting element of the decor are panels with inscriptions, names and photographs of the heroes of the occasion.
In the spring
After a long winter, I want the apartment to be filled with freshness and aromas of spring. And if there is a fireplace in the room, then he should play the main role in this.
Decorating a spring fireplace is easy. To do this, you will need primroses, greens and transparent vases (for lack of availability, ordinary cans will come off), which look easy without overloading the interior.An imitation of a birdhouse from a cardboard box will be very appropriate. This whole set is placed on the mantelpiece. You can hang a wreath of herbs on a colorful ribbon.
If you put several white ceramic jugs, pots with a bright sprig of parsley, garden tools on the mantelpiece, you get a magnificent spring composition in a rustic style.
To decorate the fireplace for Christmas, the paws of conifers are used, which are scattered in a chaotic manner on the mantelpiece. Wreaths are also made from them. The sparkle and extravaganza of the holiday is provided by bright toys, tinsel, electric garlands, candles, citrus fruits.
Traditionally, decorative socks forts are hung over the hearth.
Silver stars, which are suspended above the hearth at different heights, look very beautiful and gentle. Small Christmas trees in flower pots are also appropriate on a mantel.
To decorate a fireplace for Easter, you will need spring greens, branches, painted eggs, Easter bunnies. You can hang a long garland of paper eggs or brightly colored scraps of fabric.
A simple element of Easter decor can be easily made with your own hands from cardboard boxes with artificial grass, in which colored eggs are laid.
Interesting interior solutions
If the owner of the house is fond of hunting, then the head of the animal above the fireplace will emphasize his interests, especially if it is made from a trophy.
A lonely vase or jug will accentuate the modern look. In addition, it will give softness to the angular shapes of the fireplace. An ornament of mirror geometric shapes looks very unusual.