I’ll start this post by saying I’ve never had to decorate a room with a corner fireplace, but based on my experience with floor plans, I can only imagine that it’s tricky. Fireplaces are usually thought of as the natural focal point of a room that everything else has to be positioned around. But, if it’s in the corner, I think it automatically loses it’s position as king (or queen) of the room.
Here are a few thoughts/ideas if a corner fireplace has you stumped with what to do with the rest of your space:
Using a larger piece of furniture—or even art—on another wall not only creates balance but takes some of the pressure off of the fireplace having to be the main attraction. You could do this with bookshelves, an armoire or even a large mirror (see first photo in the post).
(Btw, it doesn’t bother me to mostly block the fireplace if you don’t use it on a regular basis.)
Another great example of this:
I like the look of a corner fireplace having a different texture than the rest of the room. Wood, stone or even bead board (depending on your style) are good options. Or, you could go with something less permanent like grasscloth wallpaper—or even paint.
And, finally, if you have one of those corner shelves above your fireplace that can be oh-so-awkward to decorate, here’s one of my favorite solutions via Shannon’s blog.
image: Shannon Berrey Design
(I wrote about this and some other tricky fireplace solutions here.)
Have other design dilemmas you’d like to see me blog about? Leave a comment letting me know what has you stumped.