When we looked at the realtor listing for our home, one feature I absolutely loved was the wood burning brick fireplace. At first I thought we would paint it white to modernize it, but after moving in I realized I love the charm and beauty of the natural brick. So we are definitely not going to paint the fireplace. I am having a hard time trying to figure out how to decorate the mantel though.

Here is what the full brown brick wall fireplace looks like:

I really love the brass part of the fireplace screen and the earthy tones of the brick! We have already had one fire in it since we’ve moved in. It was a rainy Colorado evening and Thomas created a fire and our baby girl Mila just loved it. It was her first fire and she was definitely captivated by the flames. 🙂 I look forward to many more fires to come in this fireplace!

Below I’ve gathered some fireplace inspiration from interiors around the web:

Photo credit: Airbnb

This fireplace is gorgeous. I love how they let the brick speak for itself and accented it with piled firewood, hanging plants and other larger plants on the floor near it. I definitely like the idea of putting two hanging plants on each side of our fireplace.

Photo credit: Vogue

This room is stunning and I love how the red brick fireplace brings warmth to the room. The brick along with the wall hanging above the fireplace also bring the perfect touch of color to the space. I would love a wall hanging above our fireplace. My only concern would be that it would look to small as our fireplace takes up the entire wall. There is only one nail in the center of the fireplace and I don’t know if I want to try to put more holes in the brick, so I’m not sure if this look would work in our room.

Photo credit: The Design Files

A plant in a decorative planter and some small vases look nice here. I don’t know if this might look too cluttered though on our long fireplace.

Photo credit: Stokperd

I really like the look of this fireplace. The plants near by on the floor along with the ones on the mantel and a few small details all look very cohesive and earthy. Our mantel isn’t very wide though, so I don’t think it is that realistic to put potted plants all along the mantel.

Verdict: The first image is my favorite. I think I want to put hanging plants on the left and right side of the fireplace and add a cool firewood holder near it and let the beautiful brick stand out on its own.

What about you, what do you think we should do with our fireplace? Thanks for your advice!