These nonworking fireplaces spark major design creativity (no matches needed).
Sarah Gibson and Jacqueline Brown, founders of the design and lifestyle blog , made this fireplace cozy, sans a single flame. The trick to the aesthetic: Choose a variety of shapes, sizes, and bases, says Gibson. Add luxurious textiles to warm the space. The candle holders are from IKEA and the sheepskin is from .
In her home near Melbourne, Australia, illustrator Paula Mills of decorates to reflect her love of vintage goods. Mills purchased the old Tasmanian Oak mantelpiece from a junk shop on the way back from a family camping trip in Victoria, Australia, and filled it with artwork and books. Bits and pieces of places she's lived throughout the years, from South Africa to England, dot the space with a global aesthetic.
In this Pennsylvania farmhouse, designer inset the 1800s mantle with a mirror to reflect the room's textured decor. The walls are stenciled in a Ralph Lauren all-over pattern and the chairs are upholstered in a linen-cotton blend fabric on the reverse (for a soft, barely there pattern).
In her Southern home, Lauren Shaver, the blogger behind , filled the faux fireplace from top to bottom with small, light-colored logs. A secret: The "logs" are actually just log ends that have been meticulously organized and glued to a black board, making the arrangement easier to design.
Filling a nonworking fireplace with logs offers classic appeal, but blogger Karen Bertelsen of took the concept one step further by of each birch log with old folk art paints. Bertelsen showcases the palette she used to mix the colors on the mantle.
For a simple touch in front of her nonworking fireplace, blogger Jaime Scott of placed three logs on top of a homey wicker basket — a crisp contrast to the black mantel backdrop.
In true northern California spirit, photographer and photo stylist Victoria Smith, the editor behind , arranged select bottles of vino in her faux fireplace. An added benefit of the design: Easy access for wine nights.
In a Hoboken, New Jersey, 1890s rowhouse, designers Jessica Geller and Virginia Toledo of wanted to echo the freshness of the outdoors. To accessorize the nonworking fireplace, they added a Buddha statue originally from a Tibetan monk garden they found while antiquing.
Geller and Toledo also filled a Park Avenue apartment's empty fireplace with quartz sculptures layered with votive candles to provide a soft glow when lit, imitating the feeling of a functional fireplace. They recommend including a variety of candles and crystal elements when decorating nonworking fireplaces to create the illusion of a hearth space (simultaneously providing a beautiful room accent).
Vintage books give this nonworking fireplace a rustic charm. Blogger Krista Janos from stacked 87 books into the space to create this look.
Don't want to drag real logs into the house? Make your own faux cardboard logs. Blogger Brenna Berger of used rolled corrugated cardboard coated with plaster to create this textured look of clean birch. The cut ends imitate the rings of larger logs. See how to make your own .
For a glow that resembled a real fire, blogger Jennifer Fancher of filled an old World War II soldier's trunk found at an estate sale with birch wood and Christmas lights. She also lined a cardboard sheet with old dictionary pages, newspapers, novel pages, and sheet music to create a scrapbooked backdrop.
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