Wood Stove Decorating Ideas


Wood stoves can be decorated to fit just about any type of interior design from traditional or country cottage to contemporary. By decorating the stove itself, along with the surrounding area, a wood stove can become a focal point in any room, bringing a sense of warmth and coziness to a space. Be sure that any items you place near or around the wood stove are spaced so that they will not catch fire.


  • Paint the wood stove to give it a new look. Sand off any old or chipping paint. Clean the surface of the stove with a trisodium phosphate cleaner and a wire brush. This will help to remove residual rust, grease or oil. Rinse the surface of the stove with clean water, wipe down with a clean cloth and allow to air dry. Follow up with a coat of high heat paint in a color you like. High heat paint of this nature will cure once you have turned on the stove a few times. Add new hardware to the stove to update its look.

Plants and Baskets

  • Add plants in some pots around the perimeter of the stove. Make sure they are far enough away to not burn from the heat. Vertical plants with some height should be placed against the wall, with shorter, rounder plants placed in front of the taller plants. Place baskets on the floor intermingled with the plants to add texture and storage.

Shelves and Pictures

  • Add some wood shelves directly behind the wood stove. Vary the height and width of the shelves to create visual interest. Place vintage photos or paintings in wood frames on the shelves that replicate the theme of wood stoves. Gather old cheese boxes for storage of items such as matches or newspaper. Place these boxes on lower shelves.

Wall treatments

  • Sponge paint the walls surrounding the wood stove. Use traditional cottage colors like barn red or grass green. For a more contemporary look, add a bead board wall behind the stove and trim with molding. Paint white or black to suit your interior. Stencil the wall directly behind or adjacent to the wood stove. Use the stencil as an overall pattern or create a chair rail effect.

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