During the festive period, there is nothing better than sitting down in front of a real log fire to get you in the Christmas spirit. In fact, in Victorian times, it was a tradition for friends and families to gather around the fireplace and spook each other with ghostly tales during the festive period. However, there is nothing to be afraid of in this article, as we take a look at some ideas that you can implement to get your fireplace looking the part this Christmas.
Start at the top
The focal point of any fireplace, aside from the log or coal fire itself, is undoubtedly the mantlepiece, and it is typically the focus of most Christmas design ideas. With just a few additions, the mantlepiece can perfectly frame your roaring log or coal fire to create a perfect Christmas atmosphere.
Get the balance right
When it comes to top-notch interior design, it is important the get the balance right, and the festive decorations you choose should complement the look and feel of the décor in the room. A string of lights along the edge of the mantlepiece will complement the light from the fire, whilst children will love the addition of hanging stockings for Santa to fill with presents on Christmas Eve. You could also place some electronic candles or LED lights in the shape of a star to add some sparkle.
You don’t need to spend huge amounts of money on expensive decorations, however. With the simple addition of foraged foliage, you can recreate a rustic festive garland to fix above your fireplace for next to nothing.
For those with children or who are likely to have children visiting them over the festive period, a fireguard is essential to prevent mishaps, but your fireguard can also be given a Christmas makeover with the addition of bells and even festive magnets. The bells are also a good way to alert you to a child that is getting too close to the fire should your attention be elsewhere.