There’s no denying the charm a fireplace can bring to a room. The character and warmth of it can be felt, even if said fireplace is non-functioning. So, if yours isn’t in working order, you still have some great options for how to best utilize it.
And while we’re going to focus on decorating the inside, don’t forget to add some finishing touches to the mantel. Here are some ideas that display how everyday items can transform the inside of your fireplace.
Accessorize your fireplace with some greenery—like how Paige Minear did here. If your room is lacking the space to stash some lush greens, consider this their new home—the plants will be tucked away in their own little nook.
If your style leans more traditional, a cool white plaster bust can add a touch of elegance to your non-working fireplace. Here, the solo figurine is the star of the show—however, if you add an additional pair of plaster people, you can really drive the look home.
Stack of Magazines
We all have massive stacks of our favorite magazines, and it’s likely that (like us!) you struggle with finding a spot to store them. So, why not put them in your fireplace like Emily Henderson does? Not only is it a great spot to corral your ever-growing stack, but it also fills an area that would otherwise stay empty: win-win.
We’ll admit that this idea is a little wild, but it could work great as a temporary solution. For example, if you have party supplies left over, stash some balloons in your fireplace—much like Jonathan Adler did. While you probably won’t keep this look for years to come, you can always experiment with it for a few weeks.
Small Vintage Furniture
It’s pretty common to have a few random pieces of smaller vintage furniture you have a hard time placing in your home. But if you have a tiny chair of sentimental value—like Amber Lewis’ design client did—we may have just found a home for it.
This is one of the easiest updates you can do—just head to your local home store and pick up a few candles of various sizes. You can either stick to one color like designer Sarah Gibson did, or mix it up by selecting a few brightly-colored ones. This idea is simple, chic, and awfully affordable.
A Bunch of Books
Stack your favorite novels inside your fireplace. Orient them both vertically and horizontally, and be sure to fill the fireplace to the brim. If you’re in short supply, just head to your local thrift store and stock up on some extra hardbacks.
Sure, you can stack some basic logs in your fireplace—but why stop there? Try painting the ends of each stump a bright color. Keep the frame white and style the mantel simply in order to let the logs speak for themselves.