How do I decorate a large indoor unused fireplace?

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How do I decorate a large indoor unused fireplace?
Fireplaces can be eye-catching even when they do not contain fires. (Christmas Stockings by Fireplace image by Mary Beth Granger from

Although lit fireplaces create a warm glow, sometimes homeowners decide not to use them. Some people do not like to clean the ashes and others prefer not to use a fireplace around young children. An empty, unused fireplace can seem like a blank space that needs to be filled. Fortunately, you do not need to light a fire to decorate your fireplace to incorporate it as an attractive part of your decor.

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Things you need

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Four or five different-sized pots
  • Soil
  • Plants
  • Seasonal flowers
  • Vases
  • Candles
  • Small removable hooks or clear tape
  • Optional seasonal decorations (stockings, hearts or skeletons)

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  1. 1

    Sweep the interior of the fireplace and the area surrounding it. Place debris in a dustpan and throw away.

  2. 2

    Examine the area around your fireplace to determine the amount of light entering the room in that area.

  3. 3

    Arrange empty pots in front of the fireplace so you can decide how many will comfortably fit around it.

  4. 4

    Purchase plants and soil for the pots. Inform the salesperson how much light is in the room so they can help you select plants that will thrive.

  5. 5

    Plant the items you have purchased. Then arrange the pots as decided in Step 3 so they complement the fireplace.

  1. 1

    Place vases with seasonal flowers on either end of the mantel. Position a pretty candle next to each vase.

  2. 2

    Attach small removable hooks on the edge of the mantel shelf where they are difficult to see.

  3. 3

    Hang seasonal items from the mantel. Try Christmas stockings, hearts or skeletons depending on the holiday.

Tips and warnings

  • When planting, cover your work area with newspaper so that clean up will be simple.
  • Choose plants of varying heights to add interest to the clustered plants.
  • Plants placed in or toward the interior of the fireplace may need to be rotated to ensure adequate light.
  • Remember to water the plants.

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