At a friend’s house over the holidays, I noticed that they had decorated the inside of their non working 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!  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 for non working fireplaces.

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1. Candles

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

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2. Logs

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

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3. Shadow Box

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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4. Bookcase

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

5. Canvas

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

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6. Seasonal

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

7. Collections

You can also use it to showcase your collections.

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8. Pet Bed

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

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9. Planter

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

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10. Wood

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

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Which of these ideas for non working fireplaces would you be willing to try in your home?

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8 Comments

  1. lauryne gentzler says:

    I love the first one pictured as I have a corner in my dining room that I have never known quite what to do with. I live in the desert and do not have a fireplace. Frankly, people who do, only use them once in a blue moon. I would love to know how to get something like the first one, A little less ornate, but I love it! My house is shabby chic! Thanks!

  2. Stunning & phenomenal article. Just brilliant & lovely. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful article. Keep this up.

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

  4. 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

  5. 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!

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