As the lucky owner of a cozy fireplace, you know firsthand that it's the heart of your home. Whether it's crackling with flames or not, all eyes are on the mantel. But why let it go unnoticed when it's not in use? With just a little bit of effort, you can transform your unused fireplace into a stunning focal point that will leave your guests in awe.
Create a Sylvan Scene
Creating a sylvan scene in and around an unused fireplace will introduce a certain enchanted quality of the surrounding environment. This type of setup not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the room, but it offers certain therapeutic elements to help you with relaxation and rejuvenation.
It's important to ensure the area will be able to get a little sunlight at some point in the day in order to sustain the plant life. Then you will need to shop the local garden centre to find low-light plants, such as mosses or ferns, as well as some attractive terra-cotta pots of varying shapes and heights. This is where you allow your imagination to guide you! The arrangement has to be something that will appeal to you, and there are no specific guidelines. You probably don't want to make the arrangement too crowded, but other than that, the sky is the limit.
You can also use an area or throw rug to serve as the staging foundation for your arrangement. Additionally, you will want to be sure to consider the colour scheme of the room when purchasing the pottery and the rug.
A Vase Ensemble
The use of reflective, opaque and lusciously curvy glass and ceramic vases have the capacity to accentuate the room's colours. However, you will want to refrain from using too many colours. Try to stick to a two-colour palette. Reds and browns have the greatest capacity for pulling light into the room — taking the natural environment of the fireplace and bringing it to life. A fireplace is at its pinnacle of beauty when a fire is ablaze — this vase arrangement and colour scheme will mimic that same beauty.
Make sure that you use a variety of heights and shapes, because it is these variations that make the arrangement stand out. You can use a short stool or stand to elevate one of the pieces in order to create the desired contrast. An area rug that matches the colour scheme will really bring this arrangement to life.
Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall
Using a mirror to fill the open space within the fireplace is a subtle method of bringing life to the fireplace. This is a neat trick that will help provide additional light for the room. Additionally, the inclusion of an area rug immediately in front of the fireplace creates a nice artistic expression.
You can visit a local framer to have a mirror cut to the exact dimensions of the fireplace opening. Additionally, it is important to ensure that the edges of the mirror are seamed by the framer in order to eliminate the risk of cutting yourself. To keep the mirror from becoming dislodged by an accidental bump, place a weighted crate or wooden box inside the opening of the fireplace. Using extra-strong double-sided tape, attach the back of the mirror to the bottom of the wooden box, and then carefully maneuver it into position.
There are multitudinous methods for sprucing up an unused fireplace. The methods here are easy to execute and they aren't expensive either! There are an unlimited number of variances to any of these methods to allow you to add your own unique touch to the decor.
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