Put Up A Large Piece Of Art - A traditional but still very stylish technique is to showcase a large piece of art over the mantle. If your fireplace and mantle are already fairly neutral, this is a great way to draw the eye to this part of the room.
Choose A Distressed Finish - Repainting a fireplace isn't as difficult as you would think it
would be yet it makes a huge difference in terms of aesthetics. A faux distressed paint job looks great with many decor styles.
Go With A Statement Mirror - If art isn't your thing you can replicate the same effect with a big, bold mirror. An added advantage of placing a large, ornate mirror over the mantle is that it will reflect light which opens up the entire room.
Paint It Dark - Dark colors can be intimidating but repainting just the fireplace with a smoky charcoal, dark navy or even jet black pulls the eye to it. If you're lacking depth in the room's decor, this trick is an easy way to achieve it.
Make A Mini-Gallery - Hanging one large piece of art isn't the only way to go. A very trendy decor trick is to arrange complimentary smaller art pieces together in a gallery effect.
Install A Rustic Wood Mantle Top - Rustic looks are always popular and if you are a fan of that style a simple trick to making the room more charming is to add a mantle top made of driftwood or reclaimed barn wood.
Add Wallpaper Around It - If you'd rather not repaint the actual fireplace, you can still
get a great effect by wallpapering the wall behind the mantle.
Put Art In The Fireplace - Is your fireplace not usable? Rather than leaving it to collect
cobwebs use it to showcase something artsy. A collection of unusual driftwood pieces, a stack of antique books or even a small statue are options.
Let Plants Take Over - The contract between a fireplace and the greenery of plants is
always attractive. Go against the norm by using your mantel as a showcase for some beautiful houseplants. Try to pick some vining species to frame the area.
A fireplace is something many homeowners wish for but few end up getting. Even if you don't
have the opportunity to use it as often as you'd like, your mantle still gives you the perfect decorating space.