The Best Decorating Ideas Above a Fireplace

Updated July 20, 2017

Fireplaces tend to become major focal points in living spaces and, although they are beautiful and can serve a purpose in heating your home, they can be difficult to incorporate into a decorating scheme. Whether your fireplace is centred within a large hearth, is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling stone or has a bulky mantel, there are many ideas for decorating above your fireplace.


Flat screen TVs have taken over from tube TVs and, because of their smaller dimensions, it is possible to display flat screens in previously off-limits locations. Since fireplaces tend to be in prominent locations in family and living rooms, it makes sense to place your flat screen TV above your fireplace. Either build in a TV cabinet above the mantel, or simply wall-mount the TV.

Photos and Artwork

Displaying photos or artwork above a fireplace creates a striking focal point in a room. If you have a single, large print or framed photo, place it on the mantel so it leans against the wall. Grouping several photos or pieces of artwork together is also a nice decorating idea for a fireplace. Either use matching frames or use frames that are from the same colour family. The frames can be different sizes or they can be uniform. Arrange the frames on the mantel so they are leaning against the wall, or hang the frames in a uniform pattern above the fireplace.


Mirrors create the illusion of more space, and they help to brighten a room because they reflect light. Placing a large, decorative mirror above a fireplace can create a striking focal point in your room. Either stand the mirror on the mantel and lean it against the wall, or hang it on the wall above the mantel. Accent the mirror with a few picture frames, a fresh plant or a vase of flowers.

Holiday Decorating

During the holidays, decorate the space above a fireplace by using greenery along the mantel and hanging a wreath above it. Place candles of various heights on the mantel along with the greenery to create a striking landscape below the wreath. To incorporate framed photos into your holiday fireplace decorations, use complementary frames to showcase holiday photos from previous years. Either lean the frames against the wall, or nail them to the wall in a uniform pattern above your mantel.

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Kaye Nemec has been a freelance writer and editor since 2009. Her articles can be found on the Broken Secrets website. Nemec has a Bachelor of Arts in communications and technical/professional writing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.