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5 Ways to Decorate Your Fireplace

white mantle with dark frames and mirror
Photo via @amandajanejones

Remember cozying up next to a fire (a real fire, with wood and matches and everything) as a kid? Curled up in footie pajamas, drinking hot cocoa and wondering how Santa actually manages to slip down the chimney? Yeah, we're nostalgic too.  Good thing you can channel that fireside magic with a few well-placed design tricks.

Read on for five ways to get your fireplace in tip-top shape for the holidays.

layered frames on white fireplace
Photo via Park and Oak

1. Lean it. Layer it. Change it.

We're big fans of a ledge gallery wall. It's a casual look that's nonetheless elegant. Because you don't have to hammer nails into the wall, a leaning gallery wall gives you the freedom to switch out pieces with the season (or as your mood changes). Over a mantle, a gallery ledge strikes the perfect balance between traditional and trendy fireplace decor.

mirror on wall with candles and frames and a holiday garland
Photo via Vanessa Schmidt

2. Mirror, mirror on the wall. 

We love a big mirror above a fireplace, especially one also decked out with festive garlands and candles. These soft, leafy greens add a pretty, rustic touch and perfectly complement the traditional silver candlesticks. Big bonus points if your mirror reflects art on the opposite wall, as in the photo at the top of this post. 

tiger picture framed in black over a white mantle and fireplace
Photo via Roger and Chris

3. Make a statement. 

Place one large frame on the mantle and opt for a simple design for the rest of the space. The tiger is truly the focal point in the photo above from Roger and Chris. Textured black accents like the candlesticks, the balls in the fireplace, and our rippled Rialto frame give the space a little edge. Looking for specifically sized art? Check out our framing sizes guide.

Photo via @ash3theimer

4. Break it up.

You can use your fireplace as a way to "frame" your gallery wall, visually dividing your room into sections. This whitewashed fireplace provides a blank canvas, masterfully sectioned off with the placement of art and books. 

wood frame on white wall with fire in fireplace
Photo via @thequickjourney

5. Build a fire. 

This is the quickest way to channel the warm holiday feeling of your childhood. Break out the lighter (or the remote) and start a cheery blaze. Marshmallows and hot chocolate strongly encouraged. 

While stunning mantles are appropriate year-round, they deserve a little extra love over the holidays. Order mail-in art by 12/3 and photos by 12/17 for them to arrive by Christmas! Have questions? Email us at We're always happy to help! 



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