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10 Decorative Ideas for Non-Working Fireplaces

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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.


1. Candles

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

{via Decor4All}
{via Decor4All}

2. Logs

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

3. Shadow Box

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

{via One Kings Lane}
{via One Kings Lane}
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{via Homedit}

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!

TIDBITS & TWINE Childrens Chalkboard Fireplace
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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.

{via Picklee}
{via Picklee}

8. Pet Bed

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

TIDBITS & TWINE Fireplace Dog Bed
{via Dwell}

9. Planter

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

{via Apartment Therapy}
{via Apartment Therapy}

10. Wood

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 for non working fireplaces would you be willing to try in your home?

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