5 Seasonal Fireplace Ideas – Now That Summer’s Nearly Here

Fireplace ideas - wood burner + plants + collections of blogger and photographer Carole Poirot

give the fireplace some love this summer

Nothing beats sitting in front of the fire during the winter months. Not just for the warmth (although that has its benefits even in our centrally heated homes) but for the cosy glow it emits. And also for the focal point it creates in the room. Nothing comes close to a roaring fire for making a room more homely. But as the days grow longer and we start to spend less time indoors and more time in the garden, the fireplace gets forgotten. Quite often becoming the very opposite of a welcoming statement. So now is probably a good time to take a good long look at the fireplace and make it a feature to be proud of again.

Fireplace ideas - paint surround the same colour as the wall

Image via Shootfactory

1.Paint.

Spring and summer are a good time for a spruce up as the fire is not going to be used (hopefully) for a few months. A new paint colour or even a rub down and a fresh coat of the existing colour will do wonders. The current trend is to paint the fire surround and the wall in the same colour which can look fabulous. And it you need some practical advice, MORE TH>N recently asked me for some tips on painting a fireplace and you can read them here.

Fireplace ideas - a striking wallpaper in black and grey with coral accents

Design by Karen Knox of Making Spaces

2. Wallpaper.

Wallpapering the chimney breast can turn a dull, unused fireplace into an eye-catching centrepiece again. Karen Knox of Making Spaces has recently installed a new Little Greene wallpaper in a clients bedroom with stunning results. The floral detail frames the fire-surround beautifully and the coral accent colour draws the eye in much the same way as flickering flames.

fireplace ideas - woodburner and rustic wooden shelves in the alcove

Image via Heart Home magazine

3. Install a Woodburner

There are distinct advantages to having a woodburner instead of an open fire, and now might be the time to switch. They are more efficient for a start. An open fire has to suck a lot of the (warm) air out of a room, replacing it with cold air from outside. Whereas a modern wood burning and multi fuel stove can run at over 80 per cent efficiency giving you three times the amount of heat next winter. They are also much cleaner as they don’t emit smoke into the room or have as much ash to clean up.

Fireplace ideas - a simple rustic wooden mantle, candles and lanterns

Image via Heart Home magazine

4. Install a New Surround

You don’t have to accept the fire-surround that was there when you moved in. Especially if it is out-of-keeping with the age of the house. A new surround, or even a no-surround solution may be what the room is crying out for.

Fireplace ideas - wood burner + plants + collections of blogger and photographer Carole Poirot

A woodburner and lovingly curated collections in the home of blogger and photographer Carole Poirot.

5. Give it Some Love

There are lots of effective ways to make an empty hearth look attractive during the summer. Fresh plants and flowers will add colour and scent. Candles will add the missing glow once the sun goes down. And its a great place to display all of those little bits of nature collected on family walks.

This post was written in partnership with MORE TH>N. All views are my own.

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16 Comments

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    Tiffany

    May 15, 2017

    I’m already missing having an open fire now the weather is warming up, but we do have to tackle our fireplaces at some point – I hate the mantlepieces so they need to be changed. Good food for thought…

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      deardesigner

      May 15, 2017

      You have lovely fireplaces Tiff. They make such great focal points – just wish I had one. x

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    Jen

    May 11, 2017

    Great tips here Carole. I’m about to paint our fireplace surround the same colour as the walls so this is great inspiration x

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      deardesigner

      May 11, 2017

      Oooh, look forward to seeing it Jen x

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    cate

    May 11, 2017

    We’ve bought a wood burning stove but haven’t had it fitted, can’t wait until we can use it and make the living room all cosy! x

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      deardesigner

      May 11, 2017

      Ooh lovely. x

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    Susan Earlam

    May 10, 2017

    I love Carol’s fireplace- just so stunning

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      deardesigner

      May 11, 2017

      Isn’t it Susie. She’s such a talented stylist. x

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    Geraldine

    May 10, 2017

    All looks wonderful. Love Carole and Karen’s fireplaces. So nice to have the fire on when it’s cold x

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      deardesigner

      May 11, 2017

      It is. Just wish I had one! x

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    Karen

    May 10, 2017

    Oh I am SO envious of all these! My house doesn’t have a single fireplace and I miss it so much! Next house, it’s going to be a priority

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      deardesigner

      May 11, 2017

      For me too Karen! x

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    Lucy

    May 10, 2017

    Funnily enough I’m thinking of sprucing up our fireplace so this is inspiring!

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      deardesigner

      May 11, 2017

      Thanks Lucy. Hope it’s helpful. x

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    karen - making spaces

    May 10, 2017

    Thanks so much for including my project in this Carole. Beautiful images and some great ideas to update your fireplace too!x

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      deardesigner

      May 10, 2017

      You are welcome Karen. I love that room x

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