Paint It White
Steal a trick from this sunny home and refresh dated brick with a coat of cream paint. Hello, instant mood booster.
Swap in a Basket
It’s both storage and decor. Tall branches poking out of pitchers and a framed chalkboard message round out the mantel.
Create an Illusion
Keep It Fresh
Bright whites look at right home in this beach house. Subtle texture, like the tiled backsplash around the hearth and patterned pillows, keeps things interesting.
A weathered paint job adds charm to this little library. With only a thin ledge to work with, line it with petite bottles.
Light It Up
Candles in different sizes, shapes and containers create a gentle flickering glow, or go the worry-free route by using flameless LED lights instead.
Make a Cozy Nook
You deck out the mantel, so why not the hearth? Use an eclectic mix of vintage and new finds in various materials, like antique metal candlesticks and an artsy stone bust.
Pile in the Greenery
An empty hearth comes alive with an indoor garden. Arrange an array of mismatched pots, in many shapes and sizes, filled with hearty (and low-maintenance!) succulents or ferns.
If you don’t have enough wall space to show off your favorite pieces, you’ll love this trick: Lean framed art within the fireplace. Just make sure it’s big enough so it doesn’t disappear against the interior.