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Five Things to Do With Your Non-Working Fireplace

Take your hearth from eyesore to focal point with an easy, unconventional fix

Five Things to Do With Your Non-Working Fireplace

1. Put a Screen On It

Fireplace screens serve an important purpose if you're actually burning something. But even if you're hearth has never seen a flame, incorporating this purely decorative element into your space is a perfect opportunity to embrace an ornate antique or an artful new creation.

Five Things to Do With Your Non-Working Fireplace

2. Create a Faux Glow

To recreate the atmosphere of a crackling fire, fill your hearth with simple white candles in different heights and widths. The look is almost more dramatic than a traditional log setup. For an even lower commitment, try flameless pillars, that can be flipped on at a moment's notice and won't make a waxy mess.  

Five Things to Do With Your Non-Working Fireplace

3. Stick a Plant In It

This one is especially apt for warm climates or summer months, when you wouldn't be building a fire anyway. Filling the cavernous space with something fresh and green breathes new life into an often overlooked architectural element, and makes it an off-season focal point. Here are some of our favorite unkillable house plants

Five Things to Do With Your Non-Working Fireplace

4. Add Something Pretty or Practical

Stacked logs is the standard fireplace filler, but using books, magazines, or any other item you have a ton of is a clever and impactful way to show off a collection. If you live in a small space, a defunct fireplace can become a completely practical storage solution.We've even seen them kitted out with custom shelves and used as a shoe closet.

Five Things to Do With Your Non-Working Fireplace

5. Make It An Architectural Element

A more subtle treatment like painting the hearth and mantel to match the fireplace wall allows a not-so-useful element to be showcased as part of a home's overall architectural detailing. Try black for an even more dramatic effect.

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