I see these all the time around Boston: beautiful fireplaces that don't work. Maybe your landlord doesn't allow it, or maybe there's a fire safety issue. Or perhaps yours does work, but you're just looking for a decorative idea for the warmer months. Whatever the case may be, there are lots of fun ways to decorate this coveted area of your home. Here goes.
1. A great way to highlight a non-working fireplace is to arrange a group of brightly-colored vases inside. [Photo: Real Simple]
2. A vintage book collection would look lovely too. [Photo: Stephanie Brubaker]
3. This is an interesting one... mount a round mirror over it. [Photo: John Jacob Interiors]
4. Paint some logs bright white and place them by your fireplace. [Photo: The Everygirl]
5. Here, the fireplace has been filled in but the owner has still taken advantage of it by placing logs and string lights in front. [Photo: Apartment Therapy]
6. How about this for irony? A "fire" drawn with chalk onto a blackboard background. [Photo: Country Design Style]
7. Colorful bouquets of flowers dress up this small fireplace. [Photo: Tony Amos]
8. No place for your wine bottles? Try the fireplace! [Photo: Design*Sponge]
10. If you're feeling artistic, paint a mural in your fireplace. A few vintage suitcases might look nice in front of it too. [Photo: Kristin Sjaarda]
Do you have a non-working fireplace? If so, have you done anything creative with it? Please let us know in the comments section below!