How To Decorate A Non-Functioning Fireplace
A fireplace adds coziness and architectural detail to a room, even if it doesn’t actually work. But figuring out what to do with an empty firebox can be a challenge. Here are 9 clever fixes, all found on Pinterest.
In Cupcakes & Cashmere founder Emily Schuman’s living room, pillar candles in similar hues but varying heights spill from the crisp white fireplace. A classic decorating move for non-functional fireplaces, this trick shows that you can still get the glow of real flames without a fire.
For a moody and dramatic focal point, paint out the fireplace in the same hue as your walls and cover the surround and firebox in standout wallpaper. Take inspiration from the rich colors and intricate illustrations in this luxe example.
Make your empty firebox into an artistic focal point with a layered vignette of mixed-media art and photography. Mismatched frames add to the collected feel.
Stacking logs in a non-functioning fireplace is another classic move, but stylist and HGTV personality Emily Henderson updated the look by painting the raw end of the logs in a bright rainbow of colors.
Hide an empty firebox and give your space a dose of color or pattern with a unique folding screen. If you can’t find a cool screen, try this clever DIY: cover a basic metal screen in a geometric wallpaper (this one is Fern Living‘s Remix pattern) to add a graphic hit to your space.
If you don’t have a ton of space but do have an old fireplace with lots of character, use it as a vanity or turn it into a spot to store and display accessories, as stylist and vintage shop proprietor Hilary Robertson does in her Brooklyn brownstone.
Provided they’ll get enough light tucked away in the fireplace, add some natural texture to your room with a cluster of potted plants.
For a tongue-in-cheek solution to your non-working fireplace, stick a painting or sketch of a fire in the firebox and arrange a few logs underneath. This one, at Regas, a letterpress design studio based in New York City, is a charming conversation starter. (This idea works best if your fireplace has been blocked up and plastered over, otherwise the firebox will be too deep to show off your “flame.”)
Max out storage by installing simple shelves in the firebox. It’s a great way to wrangle toys, as in this kid’s room, and can provide space for display in grown-up spaces, too.