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Simple Fireplace Styling Tips to Bring Your Space to Life

Video by Tara Sgroi

Photo by Nicole Franzen

Styling objects and crafting vignettes can bring personality into our homes. How we compose our beloved pieces can form an intimate narrative while also bringing us joy. We spend so much time in our homes, see it as an opportunity to tell a story, to reconfigure, to play!

Ready to get started? Take a peek at my fireplace styling video above and then keep reading for some notes on my creative process.

Simple Fireplace Styling Tips to Bring Your Space to Life

1. Take it moment by moment. For my fireplace styling here, a tall vintage parchment planter is placed on its own to the left, offering vertical interest. Object placement on the right provides differentiation not only in height, but also in color, texture, age, form, and tonality. Vignettes bring a story to the home, forming a narrative in their grouping.

2. Recognize what can stand alone and what needs friends. The planter is a tall, sculptural object that lives happily alone. But the objects on the right, if they were unmoored from one another, would lose their value, looking oddly diminutive in contrast.

3. Consider scale and negative space. Add objects of varying heights and density. Consider the gray area in between and step back from your vignette placement to see it from a distance—assess if everything feels balanced or crowded. Then remove one piece, add another—minus and subtract like this until you feel like it’s landed on the right formula. Play is key!

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