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Top ideas for home fireplace

download-64As the host of your home, you want to create a space where all can gather and enjoy. Many older buildings come with a fireplace that may not be in use anymore or maybe you’ve decided you just don’t want to care for your working fireplace anymore. Whatever the case, and unused fireplace can become an eyesore in any living space, but you can change that.

Consider the firebox to be a stage where you can show off your unique decorative style. With a little creativity and the right supplies, you can take your unused fireplace from eyesore to focal point with these out-of-the-box fireplace ideas for the home.

Clean & Repair

Before you begin your décor work, you’ll want to make sure the brickwork around the fireplace is in good condition. If there are any cracks or broken bricks, now is the time to call for a repair. The average cost to repair a fireplace is $394, but will largely depend on the type of damage you need repaired. Also remember to clean any ashes in and around the fireplace. You won’t want this getting on any of your belongings. Even if it’s an old fireplace you’ve never used, it’s a smart idea to give it a good cleaning to get rid of any lasting grime.

Another way to spruce up your brick fireplace is by painting it. This can add to the overall décor of the room. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can change your look with this DIY project. Read How To Paint A Brick Fireplace for more instructions.

Once you have the outside in the condition you want, you can focus on choosing the right décor for your unused fireplace.

Use Candles

This is a classic way to decorate your unused fireplace. It mimics the look, without the necessity of having an actual working fireplace. Variation works best in this design. Get candles and candle holders of different sizes and shapes and place them in your firebox. You can even include a small shelf or riser to hold them above the ground. This may be particularly nice if the bottom of your fireplace isn’t in the best shape. Always follow proper fire safety protocol when using candles anywhere in the home.

Mirror Image

If you’re looking for creative ways to add more light into your room, using your fireplace unconventionally might be the way to do so. Installing a mirror to the empty space can help spread light throughout the room. Measure the opening and find a piece of mirror that can fit behind it. Stabilize it with a crate that fits just right behind it and double sided mounting tape so it sticks to the inside of the firebox. And now you have a chic, modern looking fireplace design.

You can also incorporate a mirror behind your candles in the above unused fireplace décor option to help reflect more light around the room when candles are lit.

Fireplace Library

You can also use your unused fireplace as extra storage space if your bookshelf is getting full. You can either insert shelves to fit the width of the fireplace and fill with books, or simply place books at the bottom of the firebox.

To really add a decorative element, choose books that are full of color and arrange on the shelf. On my bookshelf at home, I have arranged in the colors of the rainbow and is a fun detail that really pops in our living room.

Gorgeous home decor with unique one

When the leaves begin to change and the weather starts to cool, pumpkins take center stage. No longer just used for Halloween, you can easily incorporate pumpkins into any aspect of your fall home décor.

Pumpkins are versatile and easy to use to welcome in the season, you just have to think outside-of-the-box to create a style that will warm up your home for fall. Here are a few ideas to inspire you on how to best use pumpkins in your fall décor.

Decorating Your Home With Pumpkins

Fall is such an exciting time of year and pumpkins are a perfect and affordable way to style your home. There are many different sizes and shapes you can choose from. Don’t be afraid to mix and match to get the look you desire. Also, remember when using real pumpkins, you have the ability to refresh your look every year, so this is a place to let your fall creativity shine.

Fall Table Decorations

There’s nothing quite like having the family join in for a fall dinner, whether it’s a simple weekday soup or a fall feast. Having the right table décor can really enhance the cozy feeling.

Name Place Settings

For a large family gathering, you can incorporate place settings to really impress your dinner guests. Direct people to where they are sitting by using pumpkins as name cards. Get enough small pumpkins for each table setting. You can paint and decorate each pumpkin as you’d like, or leave plain. It can be as simple as writing the guest name on the pumpkin to cutting a small slit in the stem to hold a name card. Either way, you will add a special touch to your dinner table with this unique idea!

Centerpiece

For everyday fall décor, the centerpiece is not an opportunity you should miss. Using various sizes and colors of pumpkins, arrange in the middle of your table. Add some pinecones and fake leaf garland to unify them together. The bonus is that it works with any size table depending on the number of pumpkins you decide to use.

Pumpkins In The Kitchen

When you’re in the kitchen, the obvious choice for using pumpkins is in pie of course. But, let your fall pumpkin décor be inspiration as you cook. You can include pumpkins inyour kitchen counter décor by utilizing a decorative cake stand and placing a large pumpkin on it. Or even a small basket full of pumpkins, gourds and pinecones. This is sure to give your kitchen a warm and cozy feel.

Living Room Décor

As important as it is to style the rest of your home, family and friends will be gathering in the living room after a nice dinner. Be sure to include your fall décor in this room as well, with a few simple ideas.

Coffee Table

If you’ve already taken the time to decorate your coffee table, it should be easy to incorporate pumpkins as your fall décor. It can be as simple as placing three pumpkins of various sizes in replacement of fresh flowers. Or, you can create candle holders out of mini pumpkins as a fun weekend project. Practically Functional provides a tutorial of how to make DIY candle holders from pumpkins.

Mantel

As the focal point of the room, your mantel can be a seemingly large undertaking for home decorating. Thankfully, pumpkins can help give your mantel the fall look you desire. I love the idea of tying ribbons to the stems and placing them between vases full of other fall décor items. If you wanted to give your pumpkins a chic look, spray paint them a metallic gold before tying on the ribbons.

Vase

One of the most unique ideas I have seen with pumpkins is to turn it into a vase for fall foliage. It will truly wow your guests. This is a fun project to DIY in an afternoon and can be a great addition to a mantle or table centerpiece. See the tutorial from Making The World Cuter.