Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Fireplace

The fireplace is an important part of Christmas. It’s, of course, where Santa comes barreling down to leave all of his presents under the Christmas tree. To give Santa a great first impression of your home, and a beautiful focal point for guests, decorate it with these ideas.

Starting from Top to Bottom: The Mantel

The mantel is the first place you should start decorating. You can place pine needle garland across it with or without lighting wrapped around it. Most people will also place candelabra in the middle of the mantel that may or may not be lit on a special evening.

If possible, some homeowners will place a wreath just about the mantel using removable tape to the wall or brick to secure a hook to hang it on. The wreath often attracts people to the fireplace, which then leads them to look at the mantel and then the fireplace.

If you don’t already have a mirror above your mantel, this might be another option to consider. Just as you would place a wreath above the mantel, you can place a mirror, but with a much more secure set up. When you have the Christmas lights on, you’ll see them glisten in the mirror, which creates a beautiful ambiance.

Decorating the Fireplace

Underneath the mantel, many people will place a decorative fireplace cover. You can find Christmas themed ones, which greatly enhances the look of your fireplace.

If you are entertaining, you can remove the cover easily to light a fire. The fire is always a comforting, warm, and beautiful piece of décor for a cold, winter night.

If you are unable to light the fire due to medical issues or hazards, consider placing large candles in the fireplace. You can light the candles and create a look of fire.

You can also place candelabra in the fireplace, which holds candles in place when burning them for a long time.

A Christmas Hearth

The hearth is the bottom ledge of your fireplace. Some will be flush to the floor, while others will be raised. In either case, you can decorate it with standing decoration such as a small Christmas tree, nutcracker, or stuffed Santa.

You can also place a basket with wood inside of it to feed the fire as needed. Keep the logs arranged neatly to keep it as a useful decorative piece.

Warnings When Decorating a Fireplace

Always keep in mind that if you are lighting a fire in your fireplace that some decorations are flammable. Keep these decorations away from the fireplace.

Never place anything so close to the opening of the fireplace that can be set on fire when it sparks. Also, never leave a fire unattended, and if you have can’t extinguish your fire before leaving home, install a fireplace cover that ensures the fire stays within the fireplace.

By being safe and having fun decorating your fireplace, you’ll enjoy a peaceful and joyful holiday season in your beautiful home.

Marcelina Hardy wrote this guest post. While she loves the summer, as long as her air conditioning is working with Round Rock air conditioning repair and residential Austin AC audit, she’s also in love with her fireplace during the winter. Decorating it is her favorite Christmas activity, and she hopes you enjoy it just as much with her tips.

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