Decorating ideas for the inside of a fireplace

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Decorating ideas for the inside of a fireplace
Don't forget about the fireplace when decorating your home. (Fireplace image by Mistik from Fotolia.com)

A fireplace makes a great focal point in any room, adding warmth and charm. However, some homeowners don't want the hassle of cleaning and maintaining a fireplace. Others seek ways to incorporate an unused fireplace into the room during spring and summer months. Whether or not your home's fireplace is a working one, consider decorating the inside of it for a modern and stylish alternative to a traditional fire.

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Pillar Candles

Ideal for creating a warm, inviting atmosphere, pillar candles are affordable and practical. Using pillar candles of different heights, arrange them at the bottom of the fireplace. Try placing them on a stainless steel or silver tray, to catch wax drippings without sacrificing elegance. Avoid placing candles of matching heights beside each other. Instead, mix them up for an uneven look. Use candles of different colours for a modern look, or keep them all the same colour for a more cohesive look. Light the candles before your guests arrive, and don't forget to blow them out after guests leave.

Plants

Consider placing a large, potted plant inside your empty fireplace. A lush, green plant with a substantial pot attracts attention but requires little maintenance. Just remember to water it regularly to keep it healthy. Or, use an artificial plant that demands zero upkeep for an easier solution.

Firepot

Historically, people used firepots to cook soups and broths inside the fireplace. Consider hanging a small firepot from a hook inside your fireplace for a rustic, Old World look. If hanging a firepot for decoration only, purchase one made of polished brass to evoke a sense of luxury. Decorative firepots do not necessarily need to be hung from a hook. You can place it directly onto the floor of your fireplace. Alternatively, purchase a cast iron firepot if you plan to use it for cooking. Whichever firepot you choose, select one that is less than one foot wide, and less than one foot in diameter to make sure it will fit comfortably and safely inside your fireplace.

Mirrors

Placing mirrors inside an empty fireplace adds light and dimension to a small room. By reflecting light into the room, mirrors can transform a dark and gloomy space into a bright and cheerful one. Consider using one large mirror that fills up the entire fireplace and transforms the outer material into a frame. This turns the fireplace into a work of art that is both visually appealing and easy to take care of.

Wood

Leaving a large fireplace empty can turn an otherwise charming focal point into a black hole, adding darkness to a room. Fill it up with pieces wood fireplace logs for a natural, rustic look. Ideal for cabins and cottages, wood inside the fireplace creates a cosy atmosphere that doesn't compete with decor

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