Fabulous Fireplaces


• The fireplace wall can look amazing, when treated as a feature wall, using either striking wallpaper or a paint colour that contrasts with, yet also complements, the colours used in the rest of the room.

• Fireplace accessories can be quite distinctive and are usually on display, so choose pieces, whether contemporary or traditional, that co‐ordinate both with your room as a whole and with each other.

• Think about what is displayed on your mantelpiece. Photographs, candles, small ornaments and vases of flowers, collections… anything goes, provided it fits. A formal, symmetrical arrangement is easy to achieve and suits a traditional room, or else something more freeform can be eye‐catching and intriguing.

• Not using your fireplace? It can still be a great feature. Stack logs within it, prop up a framed picture, display a large ornament such as a shell, a piece of coral or antlers, set up a group of candles, or simply use the space for a flower display in a simple vase.


By Katherine Sorrell

It’s time to put another log on the fire, get cosy and snuggle up until winter is over. Our ideas will help ensure your fireplace looks as good as it makes you feel.

Refresh your fireplace, and the wall around it, with carefully chosen wallpaper or a fresh coat of paint. Walls: Dimpse Estate Emulsion. Woodwork: Wevet Estate Eggshell. Fireplace: Mole’s Breath Estate Eggshell; all Farrow & Ball.

Perfect for kindling or newspapers, this hand‐made leather bucket is made in a family co‐operative in Rajasthan using natural dyes. It costs £89.95 from Decorator’s Notebook.

Every ‘real’ fire needs a tool set. In wrought iron with an antiqued finish, this trio of poker, fork and grabbers will help you get the flames going on a chilly evening.

Fireside tool set, £44.50, Garden Trading.

If a rustic log basket isn’t your look, consider a minimal metal holder instead. Lodge round log carrier in steel, £57, Garden Trading.

Sturdy yet easily portable, this Scandinavian‐designed fire screen is both smart and practical. Garden Trading Jutland fire screen in steel, £75, Black By Design.

A reindeer hide is just the thing for throwing down in front of the fire. This extra‐large one is a natural by‐product of the meat industries in Finland and Norway, and costs £170 from The French Bedroom Company. 01590 643969

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