Cozy Ideas for Decorating Around the Fireplace

Designers share how to restyle and warm up your room so that you and your guests can linger by the fire this winter.

One of the joys of winter is snuggling up next to the fire, but sometimes the room layout makes it tough to enjoy the warmth. The couch may be far away from the flame, or an accent chair may be too cumbersome or too heavy to pull up by the hearth.

So try restyling your room for the winter with these fantastic designer fireside arrangements tips.

Transitional Living Room with Faux Fur Ottomans and Gray Sectional

Transitional Living Room with Faux Fur Ottomans and Gray Sectional

Add a touch of opulence with fur (or faux fur) ottomans like these. The black leather chairs also nestle close to the fireplace, a feature that strategically heats both the indoor and outdoor spaces. The gray sectional and nesting coffee tables complete the room, designed by Laurel & Wolf Interior Design for a warm transitional sitting area.

Photo by: Laurel & Wolf Interior Design

Laurel & Wolf Interior Design

OTTOMAN IDEAS

Add a touch of opulence with fur (or faux fur) ottomans like these. The black leather chairs also nestle close to the fireplace, a feature that strategically heats both the indoor and outdoor spaces. The gray sectional and nesting coffee tables complete the room, designed by Laurel & Wolf Interior Design for a warm transitional sitting area.

Sophisticated Living Room with Piano and Fireplace

Sophisticated Living Room with Piano and Fireplace

Pull up two matching chairs and center them with an ottoman in front of the hearth, for instant access to the flicker of a fire in the winter. A living room by Chicago designer Tom Stringer is a balance of function and form, with delicate accent pieces anchored by functional furnishings in soft fabrics.

Photo by: Jorge Gera

Jorge Gera

SOPHISTICATED COMFORT

Pull up two matching chairs and center them with an ottoman in front of the hearth, for instant access to the flicker of a fire in the winter. A living room by Chicago designer Tom Stringer is a balance of function and form, with delicate accent pieces anchored by functional furnishings in soft fabrics.

Modern Black and White Living Room

Modern Black and White Living Room

Creating a comfortable space for your family and friends is an art. "It's important to make sure that your seating is arranged in a conversational configuration, so it’s easy for you and your guests to talk amongst one another,” says Kimberly Winthrop of Laurel & Wolf Interior Design. “Arrange a combination of sofa and chairs in a right angle rather than in one line, so your guests are comfortable and don't feel squished together.” This black-and-white sitting room has a great flow, providing comfort and style.

Photo by: Laurel & Wolf Interior Design

Laurel & Wolf Interior Design

THE ART OF ARRANGING

"It's important to make sure that your seating is arranged in a conversational configuration, so it’s easy for you and your guests to talk amongst one another,” says Kimberly Winthrop of Laurel & Wolf Interior Design. “Arrange a combination of sofa and chairs in a right angle rather than in one line, so your guests are comfortable and don't feel squished together.” This black-and-white sitting room has a great flow, providing comfort and style.

Renovated Early 20th Century Bungalow with Historic Character and Stone Fireplace

Renovated Early 20th Century Bungalow with Historic Character and Stone Fireplace

Wingback chairs encourage you to settle in and cozy up to the fireplace in this renovated early 1900s home by Atlanta's Red Level Renovations. Two tables provide places to set drinks, books and other items in the fireside room.

Photo by: Craig Bromley/Virginia-Highland Home Tour

Craig Bromley/Virginia-Highland Home Tour

COZY CHARACTER

Wingback chairs encourage you to settle in and cozy up to the fireplace in this renovated early 1900s home by Atlanta-based Red Level Renovations. Two tables provide places to set drinks, books and other items in the fireside room.

Classic Contemporary Room with Vibrant Couch and Chaise in Front of Fireplace

Classic Contemporary Room with Vibrant Couch and Chaise in Front of Fireplace

Position your chaise so that people can stretch out in front of the fire and keep their feet toasty during the winter.

Photo by: Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta

Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta

LOUNGE AROUND

Position your chaise so that people can stretch out in front of the fire and keep their feet toasty during the winter.

Contemporary Living Space with Fireplace

Contemporary Living Space with Fireplace

A contemporary space with a sculptural fireplace by day can be just as cozy and inviting as a traditional space by night. Elements such as a woven chair, which brings in more of a coastal look, are an option for non-traditional fireside seating and don’t distract from the stunning fireplace David Scott Interiors and Blaze Makoid Architecture designed for the East Hampton, New York, home.

Photo by: Michael Stavaridis

Michael Stavaridis

UNEXPECTED SEATING

A contemporary space with a sculptural fireplace by day can be just as cozy and inviting as a traditional space by night. Elements such as a woven chair, which brings in more of a coastal look, are an option for non-traditional fireside seating and don’t distract from the stunning fireplace David Scott Interiors and Blaze Makoid Architecture designed for this East Hampton, New York, home.

Elegant City Townhouse Living Room with Fireplace and Coffered Ceilings

Elegant City Townhouse Living Room with Fireplace and Coffered Ceilings

Magness Design’s “The Townhouse,” which was featured in a 2016 documentary about the restoration of the property on New York’s Upper East Side, boasts classic pieces and accessories with interesting touches, such as gold-sided chairs. A curved and padded bench provides another sculptural element, as well as extra seating near the fireplace.

Photo by: Richard Powers

Richard Powers

EXQUISITE CHOICES

Magness Design’s “The Townhouse,” which was featured in a 2016 documentary about the restoration of the property on New York’s Upper East Side, boasts classic pieces and accessories with interesting touches, such as gold-sided chairs. A curved and padded bench provides another sculptural element, as well as extra seating near the fireplace.

Transitional Living Room with Fireplace and Safari Chairs

Transitional Living Room with Fireplace and Safari Chairs

Look for a pair of chairs designed in a way that encourages lounging, such as these “safari chairs” selected by New York-based David Scott Interiors. A decorative side table next to the chair also moonlights as a stool, or grab a large pillow from the sofa to pull up next to the fireplace.

Photo by: Michael Stavaridis

Michael Stavaridis

MOVABLE OBJECTS

Look for a pair of chairs designed in a way that encourages lounging, such as these “safari chairs” selected by New York-based David Scott Interiors. A decorative side table next to the chair also moonlights as a stool, or grab a large pillow from the sofa to pull up next to the fireplace.

Rustic Screened Porch with Stone Fireplace

Rustic Screened Porch with Stone Fireplace

When you have a fireplace on a screened porch, like this one by Atlanta Decking and Fence, draw as many people as possible to the fireside by pulling up a table and set of chairs in front of it. The extra seating on both sides of the console table also can be moved to the fireplace, when needed.

Photo by: Jan Stittleburg/Atlanta Decking and Fence

Jan Stittleburg/Atlanta Decking and Fence

SNUG BY THE FIRE

When you have a fireplace on a screened porch, like this one by Atlanta Decking and Fence, draw as many people as possible to the fireside by pulling up a table and set of chairs in front of it. The extra seating on both sides of the console table can be moved to the fireplace when needed.

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