How to Hide a Fireplace With a Basket of Flowers & a Plant Screen

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How to Hide a Fireplace With a Basket of Flowers & a Plant Screen
Ficus trees help clean indoor air while hiding the fireplace. (ficus image by c-chez-marc from Fotolia.com)

Hiding a fireplace creates a new look for the room. Add elements from nature in the form of a floral arrangement and houseplants to give the room new life. According to the University of Minnesota website, a number of houseplants tested by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration not only add oxygen to indoor air, they filter out harmful gasses, reducing indoor air pollution. A plant screen becomes a long-term feature of the room that adds oxygen and living decoration to any decorating scheme.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Waterproof container
  • Bouquet of fresh cut or silk flowers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Buy a basket in a large size, such as an African market basket or a willow basket in a colour and style that complements the room. Rustic handmade baskets work well in country decorating themes; tightly handwoven baskets with intricate designs offer a sophisticated option for contemporary and eclectic rooms.

  2. 2

    Center a waterproof liner inside the basket. A vase, bowl or pot large enough to hold a bouquet will work. This liner holds flower arrangements or potted plants and protects the basket.

  3. 3

    Place a large bouquet of flowers in the vase or other container. A big fresh flower bouquet hides the fireplace and creates a focal point in the room.

  4. 4

    Buy two or three rectangular or long oval planters to extend across the fireplace area to hide it fully. Choose decorative planters or pot covers, such as long rectangle planters, with a glaze that goes well with the room colours for the plant screen.

  5. 5

    Measure the inside dimension of the planters and write the measurements down.

  6. 6

    Buy plant screen plants, such as small ficus or bamboo palm, in containers that will fit inside the planters. Choose enough plants to fill the planters. For example, to fill three 15-inch planters, buy three 5-inch pots for each planter; a total of 12 plants.

  7. 7

    Center the decorative planters in front of the fireplace, extending them from one end to the other. Add the plants to create the plant screen.

  8. 8

    Add the basket of flowers in front of the planters, so that the plant screen forms a backdrop with the flower display centred in front.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose wide and tall bouquets to hide the fireplace. Gladiolas, stargazer lilies, hydrangeas, birds of paradise, roses and other large, showy flowers make good choices for this.
  • Change the look of the room in minutes and renew your decor each season with a different choice of blooms or potted plants.
  • Select a plant screen you'll be able to move by yourself. The combined weight of the pot, soil and plants often proves heavier than it appears.
  • Water the plants on a regular schedule to keep them looking their best.
  • Center a poinsettia or evergreen plant in the basket for the holidays.
  • Avoid over-watering the plants. Water them when the soil begins to feel dry to the touch. Saturated soil causes roots to rot.

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