A fireplace is often the focal point of a living room. Therefore, it needs to be carefully considered when planning a scheme. For a warm country look throughout the year, take inspiration from these top tips.

SET THE SCENE – Dress the mantelpiece with decorative objects. This is a wonderful opportunity to display your most prized pieces. However, don’t be afraid to layer objects of different sizes to avoid the mantel appearing too ordered. Instead of hanging a mirror or framed pictures over the fire, rest them on the mantel for a more relaxed and informal look.

CHANGE SEASONALLY – During warmer months, fill an empty fireplace with logs or place seasonal flowers in the space. When winter comes, bring the outside in with a garland of winter greenery for the ultimate festive fire.

STORAGE – Use vintage suitcases to create a small table to further dress the space while offering handy storage.

MAKE A STATEMENT – Choose a statement occasional chair such as the Fitzroy to sit beside the fire. Perfectly combining traditional form with a more contemporary on trend monochrome fabric, the Fitzroy not only completes the country style scheme but is a comfortable choice for whiling away the hours.