Tips For Giving An Empty Fireplace New Life
Once, we had to use fireplaces to keep our living rooms warm during the winter. They make our homes cozy, but the convenience of inexpensive modern furnaces allows us make our homes warmer than a standard fireplace can -- which leaves us with a gaping hole in the living room. But we can use that to our decorative advantage! Here are some ideas for giving an empty fireplace new life.
Love For Literature
Book lovers have an unreasonable attachment to their books. Even when they've finished reading them, they don't want to part with the books. But don't use discount books as decor. If you're one of those readers and you're having trouble letting go of your books, fuse them with the fireplace. If you have impressive-looking books you can't bear to part with, stack them inside the fireplace like bricks to create a literary hearth that allows you to show off your library.
Logs and flames are what come to mind when we talk about fireplaces. But you don't have to set the lumber on fire to make it an element of your overall living room design; you just have to use your imagination. With the ends of the logs facing out, you can pack and stack the logs to create a little barrier between the drafty chimney and your home. It makes the gaping hole a little more eclectic and adds some rustic texture to the room.
When fall rolls around, try filling your fireplace with autumn accents. Gourds, pumpkins, and red and orange leaves can create a fall scene on your hearth to welcome the season indoors. Stack them, load them or gently arrange them to give the fireplace a little fall character. Add a black cat and spiders for Halloween and swap them out for turkeys and cornucopias for Thanksgiving.
Christmas and Hanukkah practically demand everyone have a fireplace in order to celebrate the holidays properly. It's a no-brainer to hang stockings above the fireplace or display the menorah on the mantel, but without a fire going, you can take your decor a step further. Make the fireplace a home for an elaborate Nativity scene. If you want to keep it simple, try hanging a large wreath or pine branches to cover the fireplace, or let this be your opportunity to get a big menorah to celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah.
For Any Season
Give the mouth of your fireplace purpose by adding shelves. They add storage space and give you a new spot for displaying books and baubles. You can create narratives with your collectibles or curate your curios to reflect your personality. If you're not into decorating, make the shelves a new home for your plants or the plants you've been meaning to get.