12 Ideas for Your Nonworking Fireplace

12 Ideas for Your Nonworking Fireplace

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Nancy Mitchell
May 24, 2015
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Your apartment has a fireplace! Well, your apartment has a vestigial fireplace that you can never make a real fire in. So really it's just a gap in the wall, surrounded by a lovely (or maybe not so lovely) mantel, and what are you going to do with it now? We've got a few ideas.

Above: I was really taken with this idea from Style Me Pretty — a painting (or maybe it's wallpaper?) in the fireplace. In order to pull something like this off, you will probably need to cut a piece of foam board (or thing plywood, if you're handy with a jigsaw) to fit the inside of your mantel. But imagine the results!

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And oldie but a goodie: the old candles-in-the-fireplace trick. The advantage to this is that you can make an actual fire with them (sort of). Get candles in varying heights, and group them in odd numbers for the best look. Spotted on Planete Deco.

(Image credit: Style by Emily Henderson)
(Image credit: Style by Emily Henderson)

Grouping logs inside a non-working fireplace is pretty par for the course, but Emily Henderson took it to the next level by painting the ends.

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Of course, that empty fireplace could also be a great place to store things... like records! This is what I plan to do with mine, as soon as I can figure out how to ship all my records from Texas. Those suckers are heavy. Photo from Freunde von Freunden.

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If it isn't too Farenheit 451 for you, a non-working fireplace can also be a great place to store books. From Walter Magazine.

I love the fake 'fire' in this fireplace from Brooklyn Bride. It's whimsical.

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I think this might actually be a working fireplace, just styled for a shoot, but a basket of pinecones is still a nice idea for a non-functional fireplace. Plus they smell nice. From Est Magazine.

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A non-working fireplace can be a nice place to display some favorite art, as seen on Design Sponge.

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Or you could forego the easels and put a very small piece actually inside the fireplace, as seen on Orange & Park. Bonus points for matching the color of the brick to the color of the painting.

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Fairy lights sprinkled around the hearth, as seen on Heart Home, can add a little warmth to even a non-working fireplace.

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A non-working fireplace can be a great place to display a quirky collection, like this gaggle of globes from Decor8.

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Or why not (as seen on Design Sponge) add a few vases with colorful flowers? Flowers doesn't always have to go on a table — this little nook could be the perfect place.

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