The colder weather has changed our habits and we’re snuggling indoors; reading, watching television, listening to music, or cooking up something delicious in the kitchen. Nothing says winter warmth like the beauty of a crackling fire and the sound of family gathered around the hearth. Take some tips from Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses as we help you recover that fireplace into the focal point it was meant to be.

A corner fireplace adds dimension. Perhaps your home didn’t come with a fireplace and you’d like to add one. Never fear, a corner fireplace is fun, quirky, and a beautiful addition to any room. With so many varieties to choose from, adding a fireplace will give your room depth, dimension and warmth. Arrange furniture in such a way that the fireplace becomes the focal point, but be sure to leave as much floor space as possible. Experiment, move and settle into your new beautiful addition.

Curvy lines hold extra appeal. If your fireplace is in need of repair, change the shape of the arch from rectangular to an interesting arch that adds a softness to the room. Use stone or beautiful brick and spread the elements throughout the room to tie it together. Another doorway might match, or a section of the floor might be the best bet.

Tile adds visual vintage appeal to a fireplace or mantle. Choosing a single color of tile, or a mix and match assortment creates a focal point sure to please any eye. Find colors you enjoy that will be easily tied into other pieces in the room. Leave it ultra simple, or add  vintage finds to the fireplace for a cozier feel.

Dress your fireplace up with a screen. Just the simple addition of a screen will add extravagance or elegance to the room. Choose from cast iron with straight lines for a more modern look, or choose a screen with scrolling elements to give the room a soft, cozy feel.

Bookshelves dress up an otherwise bland fireplace. Are you handy, or do you have a few in your household who are? Create built in bookshelves right next to your fireplace for a grand statement, as well as a ready made reading area.

Draw attention to your fireplace with the addition of another focal point. If you fireplace gets lost amid all of the other design elements, add a large mirror or piece of beautiful artwork to the mantle, drawing attention front and center. Use other smaller accents to keep attention where it belongs.

As always, stop into one of the two Connell’s locations in Mount Vernon or Newark today for beautiful home furnishings, plus more ideas to make your house a home. As always, expect exceptional customer service and savings beyond compare.