Natural Christmas fireplace decorations
Thursday, 17th December 2015, Paul Dore
Fed up of using the same fireplace decorations you’ve had for the past decade? Maybe you don’t want to buy the same old supermarket items that all of your friends put on their mantels? If you’re looking for something different and special this year, we recommend decorating your fireplace in a natural way.
Instead of going to the shops for decorative items, why not head to the garden or the local woods? You needn’t spend a lot of money to get your fireplace looking festive. Here are some ideas for natural Christmas fireplace decorations:
Twigs and branches
Easy to pick and clip, twigs and branches are a simple but wonderful way to bring the outdoors in at Christmas. Your decorated tree might not be real, but you can still see the wood for the trees. Just make sure they’re secured properly over your fireplace, otherwise you might end up with some unintended firewood.
Pinecones and dried fruit
Christmas can be as much about smells and textures as sights. Decorating your fireplace with pine cones and dried fruit is an elegant and sophisticated Christmas tradition which, depending on where you live of course, could be achieved with just a brisk walk around a local park.
Greens / evergreen branches
With a little bit of foraging and decorative skill, you could also use natural greenery to draw the eyes towards your fire. Whether it’s a granite fireplace or stone, fir tree branches to match your Christmas tree always looks superb.
You needn’t stop just at the fireplace either. Bits of fir tree also make excellent decorations for your granite kitchen worktops, or a centrepiece on your dining table during your Christmas dinner.
It might easier to buy one, but the adventurous among you may decide to try and make your own wreath this year. You could use pine boughs, ivy, eucalyptus sprays, box hedge stems, ferns, hypericum berries – whatever you fancy. Hang one of these over your fireplace and it will feel like Christmas in no time.
The simplest natural decoration of all is everyday fruit; instead of keeping it in your kitchen’s fruit bowl, place it on your mantel piece or above your fireplace. Not only is it a tasty snack that you can grab whenever you’re peckish, but the vibrant colours of oranges, red and green apples, pears et al really catch the eye and give off a festive vibe.
For our money, magnolia is one of the prettiest plants growing – and many of us even have it in our gardens. Pick a small bouquet’s worth and lay them out around your fireplace, or attach them to your wreaths.
While we’re on the subject of flowers, pink poinsettia is another of our favourites. It will bring your festive fireplace to life when carefully and elegantly positioned around it.
Acorns and nuts
Finally, a collection of acorns and nuts gives that rustic feel to your fireplace. If they’re edible like the fruit display, even better! Scatter them around with some leaves and hypericum berries for a real Christmassy look.
So there you have it – a Christmas fireplace decorated only using natural materials. If you’re not happy with your existing fireplace and would like to talk about the styles and designs you’re looking for, get in touch today.