Non-working fireplaces are often found in rental properties, including houses and apartments. The landlord removes the working components of the fireplace to reduce the risk of fire or potential damage to his rental property. In some private homes, a fireplace may become obsolete when a previous owner updates or installs a new heating system. Instead of letting the fireplace go to waste, decorate the inside.
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Wood burning fireplaces use logs, which is the source for a cut wood display. You need a large number of split logs and cut logs, similar to those used in working fireplaces. The logs should be long enough to fill the depth of the fireplace, without hanging over the edge. Try measuring the distance from the back of your fireplace to the front and then cutting the logs the same size. Find logs with a flat bottom and arrange those on the bottom of the fireplace. This provides a base for traditional round logs. Stack the logs on top of each other, filling out the entire space inside the fireplace. For an alternate look, stack the logs only halfway up the height of the fireplace.
If you have a flat-screen television, try hanging the television above the fireplace mantle. Arrange your DVD player, speakers and any other electronics, inside the fireplace. Often you can run the cables through the wall. This is an idea sometimes used by professional home decorators because it gives use to a previously unused space. Top the electronics with a small basket of flowers or candles of varying heights, which gives the space more interest visually. If you have multiple electronics, arrange the components on a small shelf inside the fireplace.
Fireplaces were meant to have flames and you can still achieve this look, even if your fireplace isn't working. Place a wrought iron or metal candelabra inside the fireplace and arrange a series of small white candles on the candelabra. Light the candles for special occasions or parties and leave the candles unlit during regular days. A fireplace candelabra, which is specially made for fireplaces is a safer option than an ordinary candelabra. Achieving the same look is also possible with scented candles or regular candles of different sizes and heights set inside the fireplace.
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