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
- Four or five different-sized pots
- Seasonal flowers
- Small removable hooks or clear tape
- Optional seasonal decorations (stockings, hearts or skeletons)
Sweep the interior of the fireplace and the area surrounding it. Place debris in a dustpan and throw away.
Examine the area around your fireplace to determine the amount of light entering the room in that area.
Arrange empty pots in front of the fireplace so you can decide how many will comfortably fit around it.
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.
Plant the items you have purchased. Then arrange the pots as decided in Step 3 so they complement the fireplace.
Place vases with seasonal flowers on either end of the mantel. Position a pretty candle next to each vase.
Attach small removable hooks on the edge of the mantel shelf where they are difficult to see.
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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