Many people tend to focus on decorating the fireplace mantel. The hearth often gets forgotten about, and if you aren't careful, the hearth can end up looking like a sooty, dirty area. Keep the hearth clean and freshly decorated by using a variety of fireplace accessories. The accessories don't have to cost a lot of money. Look around and compare prices both online and at local retailers. In the end, you will be glad you invested a bit of time and money into decorating your fireplace hearth.
Look for a fireplace tool set that fits in with the theme of the room. Tool sets come in a variety of finishes including: wrought iron, stainless steel, copper, pewter and antique.
Find an andiron to enhance your fireplace hearth. The material used to make an andiron need to be able to withstand high temperatures. Most of them are made using iron, steel, copper or bronze.
Choose a decorative screen or protective glass for your fireplace. Some screens are made from materials that cannot withstand high temperatures. Others are made of either glass or a metal, and can tolerate high heat. There are many beautiful stained glass screens that would look gorgeous in front of a fire.
Consider using an hearth rug to decorate the hearth. The rug will protect your floor from sparks and other damage that could occur. They also reflect the heat that escapes from the fire.
Place a large, decorative vase at the hearth. If you are concerned about it not tolerating heat well, place it well to the side. You could also create symetry by placing a larger or smaller sized vases on the other side of the hearth.
Pick one material (iron, copper, bronze) and use it for all your metal fireplace accessories. This creates a more uniform and neater appearance.