Whether you're closing down your fireplace for spring or simply never use it, that hole in the wall need not be wasted. Below is a handful of functional ways you can make use of your fireplace in the off-season.
Find a graphic screen
If you want to cover your fireplace, there are tons of fireplace screens with interesting, unique prints. Choose one that supports or embellishes your design scheme and turn that unused fireplace into a piece of art.
If you will truly never use your fireplace again, build shelving into the back of your fireplace to display photos, art, books and the like.
If you don’t want to build shelves, or if you do plan to use the fireplace again come winter, you can still use this section of your living space to store or display books. Cluster a small selection of books on the floor for a minimalist vibe, or stack them high to show off your collection.
Similar to the idea of clustering books in your fireplace, you can add vases or other statement pieces to make the most of that dead space.
If you’re just waiting for winter, purchase some firewood and stack it symmetrically in your fireplace. It will look cozy, and you’ll have dry wood come wintertime.
Give your furry friend a place to hang out with the rest of the family. This can keep the dog bed out of the way of traffic and fill the space.
Whether you used real or fake plants, bring the outdoors in. This is a great way to keep the room lively and bright. If you use real plants it is said to help filter the air in your home too.
For the holidays fill it up with pumpkins for the fall, or presents for Christmastime.
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