How to decorate around wood stoves

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How to decorate around wood stoves
Wood stoves add both warmth and a decorative accent to a room. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Wood stoves aren't found in most modern homes. While used to heat homes before the dawn of electric and gas furnaces, wood stoves are still featured in many older homes. Though they may not be used anymore as a primary heating or cooking source, they add an old fashioned design element to the room. Tie into this design when you decorate around the wood stove. Consider the rest of the room when working with decor so the wood stove design matches the overall look and feel of the room.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape

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Instructions

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    Remove any decorations you already have around the wood stove so you can start fresh. Take pictures off the walls behind and around the stove, as well as any decor items on the floor. Stand back from the wood stove and survey the area. You'll get a better idea of the space and may come up with good ideas on how to decorate around the stove.

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    Measure 3 feet of space around the wood stove. If you plan to use the wood stove for heat instead of a just a decorative element, you'll need to allow space to avoid starting a fire. The University of Oklahoma Police Department suggests 3 feet of space around any heating element. Don't place any decor within this space.

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    Hang pictures and items on the walls around your wood stove. Consider holiday-themed items. While stockings are most commonly hung from a fireplace mantel during the holiday season, you can hang these on hooks on the wall near the stove. Also consider hanging cast-iron pans, as these go well with the wood stove theme. You can also hang pictures of your family. Black and white photos add a traditional, old-fashioned element to the decor

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    Surround the wood burner with floor decorations as long as they aren't within the 3-foot barrier. Fill pots with tall, leafy plants and place them near the wall. Choose houseplants such as bamboo palm or English ivy. These not only add greenery to the room, but they also clean the air around the wood stove, according to the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Keep your wood in a decorative wood holder. Paint the tin with colourful designs to match the design of the rest of the room. The wood holder will provide both function and decoration.

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    Place items closer to the wood stove if you aren't going to light it. You can always move these items away when you plan to start a fire. This also applies to items that you place on top of the wood stove if it has a flat top. For instance, an old-fashioned tea kettle looks appropriate on top of the stove, but don't keep it there when the stove is burning unless you plan to heat water or other liquids.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep wood stove tools such as fireplace brushes clean if you're storing them next to the stove. Shine the metal so it looks like just another design element.

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