Some of us are not blessed with a working fireplace. It would be lovely to have a roaring fire in the fireplace during our many freezing Chicago days and nights, but the fireplaces in our 1920s vintage high-rise apartment building are only decorative, not functional. Nonetheless, I love having a beautiful mantle to style, and I think a fireplace, whether working or not, acts as a focal point in a room.
I know there are others out there who are living with a non-working fireplace, and I thought I would share some ideas for what you can do with the unused space. These ideas can also be used if you have a working fireplace, but aren’t sure what to do with it during the warmer months.
Adding a large green plant to the inside of your fireplace fills up the space and adds color. The basket holding the plant in the fireplace pictured below adds texture, as well:
Ferns are a good choice:
A hydrangea plant adds color and liveliness to the dark fireplace cavity:
Add Something Sculptural:
In our fireplace, I painted the inside the same color as the wall (Benjamin Moore Linen White) and placed a stone sculpture inside. I also added a plant and garden stool:
Below, a tortoiseshell hides an unsightly gas heater:
In the fireplace pictured below, sculptural coral adds visual interest and the black painted interior provides a dramatic backdrop:
Some heirloom pumpkins make an interesting seasonal display:
A bust and piece of coral fill up this space:
A mass of candles in different heights can add light and interest to the space:
This might actually fool people into thinking that you have a working fireplace! Logs stacked in interesting ways can be pleasing to the eye and add a rustic and natural touch:
This can be a good storage option if you have more books than shelf space.
This is a good way to fill the space and add texture.
Do you have any other ideas for decorating a non-working fireplace?