An outdoor fireplace on a porch or patio is a highly desirable amenity. It is a place to gather with family and friends, and it can look just as stylish as an indoor hearth. Whether it is used for heat or rarely ever lit, it can look spectacular. Use these ideas for decorating a mantel and hearth, and add to the aesthetics of your outdoor living area. With a few simple additions, it can become an impressive part of the space, and without making changes to the structure.
Hang a Large Clock in a Style of Your Choice
A large battery-operated or solar indoor/outdoor clock in a style of your choice would be ideal just above the fireplace mantel. It can look fantastic, and it can be part of a focal point. What better item for the core of your arrangement than a wall-mounted timepiece? Not only will it add a decorative touch, but it will also provide important information. On a brick chimney, consider a clock with a solid-colored resin or wooden frame. Opt for slate or another material with a pattern when hanging it on a solid-colored chimney for the greatest visual drama. It can look as phenomenal as the fireplace in the photo.
Use Metal Freestanding Art to Decorate Around the Hearth
The area just beyond the firebox can be decorated in eye-catching ways. Search for a metal work of freestanding art to place alongside the hearth. It should be decorated with more than just a basket of logs. Consider a tree sculpture made with artfully twisted wire. It will make a dramatic statement next to a fireplace, especially if it is capable of burning wood. It will add a touch of beauty and irony to the display.
Add Dozens of Pillar Candles in Graduation Heights
Dozens of pillar candles can look extraordinary, especially when they are collectively arranged on a fireplace mantel. Select battery-operated flickering pillar candles in graduating heights, and consider arranging them like those in the photo. Place the tallest ones at both ends and the shorter ones in the center beneath a clock or an outdoor wall hanging of your choice. When all burning at once they will beautifully light up the night.
Consider Decorating with Live Potted Plants and Candle Lanterns
If plain pillar candles are not your style, consider decorating with live potted plants and candle lanterns. An outdoor fireplace mantel offers many more options than indoor types. Choose varieties according to the level of lighting in the location of the fireplace mantel and/or hearth. Add color to the display with painted and glazed pots. They are more likely to withstand the elements than lighter weight options, and they will look much more impressive. To add form and style to the arrangement, place candle lanterns in between the potted plants. They can also be found in many different colors, sizes and styles, and they can be used with or without candles.
Source: Professional Home Decorating Experience