Baby, it’s (finally getting) cold outside, and we want to help you warm up this winter. Few things transition from fall to winter as easily as fireplaces, and with temperatures dropping, there’s no better time to find a little warmth by the fire. After all, as we go full steam ahead into the holiday season, who wouldn’t want a fireplace that embodies the quintessence of cozy? It’s an annual tradition, after all. But speaking of tradition, this year there’s no need to sacrifice modern style when creating a cozy, casual fireside space—in fact, our favorite fireplaces this winter mix clean lines and fuzzy textures, high-shine metallics with rustic firewood, and bright white walls with rich, saturated décor to create a chic, eclectic centerpiece in living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms alike.
It’s officially time to get in the spirit of the season, so grab the nearest garland and read on for our favorite holiday fireplace decorating tips.
For a fireplace that brings the heat year-round, try a black-and-white palette, and then layer on the warmth with natural tones like sheepskin and firewood. To make an even bigger statement out of a unique wood stove like this one, turn the firewood itself into décor by putting it on display. This, in turn, will serve the practical purpose of making sure you have an extra supply to keep the flames alive longer. From there, all that’s left to do is find a snuggle buddy.
For a more overtly merrier mantel moment, go for the garland. We love the way this one delicately pairs evergreen clippings with pinecones over a red brick fireplace in a way that brings holiday colors to the room. Red, green, and white might be on the more traditional side of holiday color palettes, but this room proves that a carefully curated mix of décor makes for a chic, modern twist on a classic.
Any fireplace can be easily adorned to capture that inviting après-ski lodge feeling for the holidays. From the bellows hung just so to the greenery accents placed by the fireside with care, this escape from the cold gives us the warm and fuzzies.
When transitioning your fireplace for winter, one way to add a combination of richness and warmth is to introduce greenery into your décor. Eucalyptus clippings combined with winter-white vases and gold candleholders give this fireplace a seasonal mix of nature and romance.
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, a cozy fireside chair is a must-have for those snuggle-worthy holiday moments. We love the way the natural texture of the velvet exudes luxe vibes to create a cohesive, blissful moment.
When it comes to the holiday season, we’ve got a soft spot for antiques that have been handed down through generations. This vintage brass mirror creates a showstopping mantel, its shiny luster lighting up a neutral room with warm, vintage vibes.
When it comes to layering on winter décor, this living room proves that sometimes, more is more. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun and shake your interior design tail feather; instead, embrace the unique texture and personality you can create in a space with a little pattern mixing between tiles, rugs, and mantel accents.
With an architectural fireplace, sometimes a simple approach is best to let the details speak for themselves. Focus on one or two simple vessels or objects, but don’t let that stop you from infusing more personal effects into the rest of the room. Why not enjoy the fire next to a console filled with photos of family and friends? It’s the holidays, after all.
When it comes to styling a modern fireside situation, we love to start with a neutral palette and layer on tons of texture. The clean, modern finish of a concrete fireplace is an ideal canvas for an eclectic, worldly take on holiday styling (this one even incorporates Moroccan-inspired gold pendant lights). From the mirrored side table to the furry sheepskin rug, combining coziness with shine creates a look that’s both casual and polished. Plus, it never hurts to have a strategically positioned guitar, should the mood call for an impromptu fireside sing-along.
This article was originally posted on November 24, 2016, and has since been updated.