10 Decorative Ideas for Non-Working Fireplaces

At a friend’s house over the holidays, I noticed that they had decorated the inside of their fireplace with beautiful logs wrapped in white Christmas lights.  In lieu of a fire, the string of lights provided a beautiful glow in the room!  I have fireplaces in both my family room and living room and truthfully, we’ve never built a fire in either in all the time we’ve lived here.  If I’m not going to build a fire in the fireplace, I think maybe it’s time to put the space to use in another way!

Whether you have a non-working fireplace or a working one that you’re not currently using, you can make use of the space with these creative and decorative ideas.




Candles are an instant way to add the flicker or a flame.

{via Decor4All}

{via Decor4All}


Or you could fill the opening with decorative logs, either natural or painted.


The firebox can also be used as a giant shadow box to highlight your favorite items in a large-scale vignette.

{via Homedit}

{via Homedit}


If you add a few shelves, you can make it a unique bookcase.


Close it up and paint it with chalkboard paint and you’ll have an instant canvas to showcase your creativity!

TIDBITS & TWINE Childrens Chalkboard Fireplace

{via Nibs}


You can always rotate out the decor and dress it up seasonally!


You can also use it to showcase your collections.

{via Picklee}

{via Picklee}


Looking for a cozy spot for your pet!  Try turning your fireplace into a pet bed.

TIDBITS & TWINE Fireplace Dog Bed

{via Dwell}


A plant {or even several} can add some color and organic texture to an otherwise sterile space.


And when all else fails, just add a few logs and no one will know the difference…

{via Picklee}

{via Picklee}



Which of these ideas would you be willing to try in your home?


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4 comments on 10 Decorative Ideas for Non-Working Fireplaces

  1. Dagmara @ GlamistaHome
    January 12, 2015 at 5:18 AM (3 years ago)

    I absolutely adore the idea of setting up candles in the fireplace, looks so romantic and elegant. I found the doggy bed idea cute as well, I just hope the vent was closed off so the dog stays warm. :) Thank you for sharing!

  2. Garden, Home and Party
    January 13, 2015 at 10:03 AM (3 years ago)

    What original ideas for a fireplace opening. We have a fireplace and I love it. We burn real wood and during the winter months I use it nearly nightly. Still, I have a very good friend that has a fireplace that cannot draw properly. The candle idea is wonderful and just as warm and glowing as a fire. I also like the idea of the twinkle light lit logs.

  3. Segreto Secrets
    January 13, 2015 at 3:39 PM (3 years ago)

    I absolutely love the fire wood stacked within the hearth! Great feature!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes


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