DECORATING YOUR FIREPLACE NOOK
You’ve seen them, those little nooks that sit next to a fireplace and sometimes hold built-in shelving. I’m a big fan of built-in shelving but sometimes builders skimp on the cost and effort of putting them in so a homeowner is left with an empty nook space to fill.
When Ikea came on the scene, bloggers and design enthusiast starting creating custom looking shelving with Billy Bookcases gave them the look of built-in but with a tremendous cost savings.
Now, if you’re not a DIYer and you don’t want to go to the expense of hiring someone to build bookcases, there are some creative alternatives to filling those nooks that flank your fireplace.
♦ CREATE AN AREA TO SIT AND LOUNGE
I love window seats and this just might be the next best thing, a comfy upholstered banquet. What’s also great about this design option is the wall space that you’d have to hang a beautiful mirror or piece of artwork.
♦ ADD FLOATING SHELVES
Floating shelves will afford you the same function as a built-in bookcase but are much easier to install and they have a more organic feel to them. Using reclaimed wood for the shelves is also a great way to add charm to your decor. Ikea has lots of affordable floating shelf options but this one and this one are my favorites.
♦ CREATE A WORKSPACE IN THE NOOK
Creating a desk or workspace within the nook is a great way to make this area functional. I love the idea of a wall unit that can be closed up and concealed when not in use, enhancing the visual appeal.
♦ FILL THE NOOK WITH TABLES & DECOR
You can always fill the nook area with a piece of accent furniture like a demo-lune table, cabinet or console table. This look works great if you style is traditional and you like symmetry in your decor.
♦ ANCHOR THE AREA WITH FREE-STANDING BOOKCASES
Free standing bookcases are always an option and provide great flexibility if you like to change-up your decor from time to time. This bookcase/cabinet combo is a great option and I love this glass front option.
♦ HANG SOME ARTWORK
If wall space is limited in the room where you fireplace is, you might want to leave the nook area free of furniture and use the wall space to hang a collection of artwork.
♦ ACCESSORIZE THE NOOK WITH FURNITURE & DECOR
My favorite approach to decorating the nook is to make a creative statement with a combination of furniture, art and decorative accessories.
If you have bookshelves next to your fireplace or will be adding some to your decor, here are a few styling tips to keep in mind…
♥ Paint the back of your bookshelves to add a color pop and visual interest. Depending on the accessories you use, they might also pop better against a colorful backdrop.
♥ Use an eclectic mix of accessories for visual interest and to add personality to the room.
♥ Create visual depth by placing item front and back along each shelf and use items of different heights to create depth top to bottom.
♥ Arrange books vertically and horizontally to create movement for the eye to follow within the overall arrangement.
image via Dimples and Tangles
The fun part of decorating is to make the most of the space you have and putting your own spin on your decor.