7 Ways to Warm Up a Nonfunctioning Fireplace

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

Whether your fireplace is out of order or you don’t get much use of it, there are plenty of other ways to play up this living space focal point. Candles, greenery, and safety accessories like screens, are all creative ways to enhance a flameless hearth. 

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1. Accessorize

Even if your fireplace is currently nonworking, you can still dress up your hearth with a log grate or tools, such as this set here.

Crate & Barrel, $169


2. Faux Front

Enjoy the rustic look of stacked logs minus the mess with this easy log illusion DIY.


3. Screen

A glamorous screen will elevate the room and maybe give guests the impression that your chimney is in perfectly fine condition.

CB2, $199


4. Fill it With Houseplants

Place plants in and around the fireplace and mantel to bring in a natural element. Find more inspo in Alana Langan’s book Plant Style.

Plant Style; Amazon, $20.34


5. Paint it White

A coat of white paint instantly puts a fresh spin on a space. Cover ornate detailing in the fireplace and mantel for a uniform look.


6. Candelabra

Light up your fireplace with a tiered candle stand. The pillars will give off a warm glow, similar to a real fire.

Pottery Barn, $99


7. Organic Approach

Stacked chopped wood lends a natural, earthy vibe to the room.


(This idea originally appeared on Author //Elizabeth Lilly. Photos // Charlie Dean. Morgan Spenla. Tom Merton.)

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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