If you are anything like me, you will be spending some serious amount of time warming your toes and your tush in front of the fire as the colder weather sets in. That is why it's a good idea to take a look at that area of your home now and get it gorgeous and ready to enjoy. Read on to find out more.
Now, the first thing you have to make sure is ready is the fireplace. That may mean getting the chimney and hearth swept if you have a real fireplace. It may be replacing an old fireplace with something more up to date. In particular, log burners and faux log burners are very popular at the moment because of the rustic feel they give a room, as well as being a practical way to heat your space.
If cost is an issue, a faux burner may be better because they run on electricity and don't need to be fitted into the structure of your home. However, if you live in an area with easy access to logs, it may work out cheaper, in the long run, to get the genuine article. As free fuel can save you a fortune when heating your home in the winter.
Now, once the fire itself is situated, you need to ensure that the area around it is made as pleasant as possible. One way of doing this is to use a fireplace surround, or mantelpiece.
You may already have one there that you can renovate, but if not don't panic. You can get false ones that just sit against the wall. OK, this may seem a little daft but they actually look great, and no one would ever know they weren't an original part of the house,. Giving you that perfect scene to sit in front of as soon as the snow starts to fall.
Once you have the immediate fireplace area the way you want, it might also be a good idea to expand your field of vision and look at the spaces either side and in front of the fireplace as well. As these areas can be enhanced with traditional decorations such as a basket of logs and a poker set, even if you don't have a real flame.
Also, don't forget that you can make a truly inviting space around the fire with the addition of finer details like gorgeous Persian rugs or real sheepskins. Making it the perfect relaxing spot for you and your family once the weather has set in.
Dressing a mantelpiece
Lastly, it's important that you get the room decorating side of things right before the cold weather sets in so you can appreciate this space as much as possible. That means picking out a few ornaments to display on the mantelpiece for decoration. A good choice would be some candles for that warm glow on a winter's evening, or you can pick something in ceramic that matches the rest of your decor. For a more modern feel.