Above, aged brass andirons add even more interest to an elegant fireplace in a Martha’s Vineyard home, featured in Elle Decor.
On chilly winter evenings, there are few sights more beautiful than a glowing fire. But when it’s not in use, a fireplace doesn’t always have the same eye-catching impact. Instead of an empty hearth, decorate your fireplace with a few stylish accessories. From bold screens to sculptural andirons (along with actual sculptures that can stand up to the heat of a flame), these are our favorite ways to update a fireplace:
Why we love it: Though Greek Key is a classic motif, its strong lines never fail to make a bold impression — especially on this modern screen. Let the distinctive pattern speak for itself, and keep other accessories minimal.
Why we love it: The elegant curves of this motif introduce a sense of movement while also breaking up the straight lines of a fireplace.
Why we love them: These stunning, sculptural andirons function more like a fabulous centerpiece for your fireplace. We find that their exquisite details allow the andirons to transcend style — we could see them working with decorative schemes ranging from Hollywood Regency to modern.
Why we love them: The dark finish calls attention to the shapely form of these andirons. Though they’re a natural choice for more traditional interiors, we’d also love to see these ornate andirons contrasted with a minimalist white fireplace.
Why we love it: When it comes to drama, there are few fireplace accessories that rival this striking sculpture. It’s made to go into the fireplace and can withstand the heat of the flame — in fact, the heat will transform the finish over time.
Why we love it: The brass finish of this antique footman gleams in the light, reflecting the glow of a roaring fire. Its traditional function was to keep plates and dishes warm, but today, you can simply use it next to the fireplace to hold other accessories.
Why we love them: The detailed brass handles (and stand) add flourish to these functional tools. Sweeping up stray ashes has never looked so stylish.
Why we love them: You’ve never seen fireplace tools quite like these before. The spring-like handles and simple stand turn these tools into a modernist statement.