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.

 

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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.

{via House to Home}
{via House to Home}
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{via The Art of Doing Stuff}

 

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

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{via One Kings Lane}
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{via Homedit}

 

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

TIDBITS & TWINE Fireplace Shelving
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Close it up and paint it with chalkboard paint and you’ll have an instant canvas to showcase your creativity!

TIDBITS & TWINE Chalkboard Fire Image
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TIDBITS & TWINE Childrens Chalkboard Fireplace
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You can always rotate out the decor and dress it up seasonally!

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{via One Kings Lane}
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{via Better Homes & Gardens}

 

You can also use it to showcase your collections.

TIDBITS & TWINE Bookcase
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{via Picklee}

 

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

TIDBITS & TWINE Fireplace Dog Bed
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A plant {or even several} can add some color and organic texture to an otherwise sterile space.

{via Apartment Therapy}
{via Apartment Therapy}

 

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

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{via Picklee}

 

 

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

 

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5 comments on “10 Decorative Ideas for Non-Working Fireplaces”

  1. 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. Kim,
    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.
    xo,
    Karen

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