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.