16 Smart Ways to Use Your Fireplace

Fireplaces are charming and inviting, but maybe — just maybe — yours might not get used very often. If your hearth spends its days forlorn and lonely, don’t fear! Just because there aren’t going to be any marshmallow roasts in the living room, doesn’t mean that your fireplace can’t be fun! Check out these 16 clever ideas and give your fireplace a spark of new life!

  • Book Nook 1 of 16
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    Love to read? Creatively show off your favorite stories by arranging them in a unique fireplace display! 

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  • Filled with Wood 2 of 16
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    There is something so warm and cozy in a fireplace filled with logs. Not only does it add warmth, it creates a natural rustic look as well.

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  • Learning Center 3 of 16
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    Have an old fireplace that's been filled in? Create your own study area or message board, by painting the inside of the fireplace with chalkboard paint. 

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  • Reading Rainbow 4 of 16
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    Fill a non working fireplace with vibrant stacked books! This colorful display is a fabulous way to insert a little whimsy into your decor.

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  • Toy Corner 5 of 16
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    A fireplace may seem too stiff or austere in a child's room, but when filled with toys it gets a light fresh makeover

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  • Eclectic Mix 6 of 16
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    Not sure where to store your favorite travel wares? Arrange your treasures in a 'decommissioned' fireplace for a beautiful and unusual display

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  • Rustic Display 7 of 16
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    Not loving the log idea, but still wanting to go for a rustic look? hop onto the antler trend by creating an artful antler arrangement.

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  • Play Station 8 of 16
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    A non working fireplace makes a wonderful anchor for a bite sized playroom!

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  • Mirror the Interior 9 of 16
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    If you have a small space, try placing a mirror inside your unused fireplace, it will bounce the light and make your room feel larger.

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  • Faux Fire 10 of 16
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    Create your own fake little fire with chalkboard paint and a few little logs. Want your fireplace to really stand out? Painting it an eye popping color (like this yellow) is sure to turn it into a fun statement piece.

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  • Personalize it! 11 of 16
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    Adding a few favorite items inserts a ton of personality into your space! 

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  • Bottle Storage 12 of 16
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    A Fireplace makes for an unusual way to display objects, try switching it up by displaying wine bottles for a unique look.

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  • Wonderful Wallpaper 13 of 16
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    Fill a tired old fireplace with a fun wallpaper! It's a great way to add a splash of pattern into your decor, without the commitment of papering the entire room.

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  • Add Character 14 of 16
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    Fireplaces are full of old character, so be sure to fill them with something equally as charming, like a stack of favorite books

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  • Small Storage 15 of 16
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    If space is tight, try converting your fireplace into a lovely storage area.

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  • Get Creative! 16 of 16
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    From a gorgeous display area to a statement storage solution, fireplaces are good for more than just burning the yule log! Get creative, how would you plan to liven up an old fireplace?

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How would you give new life to an old fireplace?

Let us know in the comments!

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