How to Decorate the Floor in Front of a Fireplace

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A fireplace is often the focal point of a room. For that reason, many home decorators give a lot of attention to the space. Dependent upon how you use your fireplace, the space in and around it can see a lot of traffic. The way you decorate it must work with the decor style of the room while also being easy to maintain. You can decorate the floor in front of your fireplace to achieve both objectives.

Things You'll Need

  • Area rug
  • Tall end table
  • Plant stand
  • Decorative items
  • Wood basket
  • Fireplace screen
  • Lay the foundation for your floor decor by placing an area rug in front of the fireplace. If you use your fireplace often, select a rug that's easily cleaned of soot or ash.

  • Flank the sides of the fireplace and area rug with a tall, waist-height end table on one side and a plant stand on the other side. Vary the heights of the two objects to add visual interest. Choose a plant stand that ties in to your decor. For instance, in a room with Grecian decor you can use a column-shaped plant stand with a flowing plant or the bust of a Greek god on top of it.

  • Place family photographs, a collection of knickknacks or a houseplant on the tall end table. Select decorative items that complement the decor you have on your fireplace mantel.

  • Position a firewood basket between the plant stand and the fireplace. Fill it with decorative logs, if you desire, such as birch.

  • Choose a fireplace screen that complements your decor and place it in front of the fireplace, between the fireplace and the area rug. In a room furnished with antique furniture, you can choose a wrought iron screen. A colorful tile screen can add to a Southwestern decor, or you can use a simple, brass fireplace screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • If space allows, position a couple comfortable chairs or a loveseat near the sofa to create an inviting place to relax and enjoy the fireplace.
  • Alter your floor decorations with the season using inexpensive decorative items picked up at a secondhand store.

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