The fireplace is a great area for the family to gather around. But sometimes it’s just far more energy efficient to take the fireplace offline to save money. Be sure to cap the chimney and stop the flue to retain as much heat in your home as possible. Or maybe you’re just not a fan of having a functioning fireplace any longer. When the fireplace is no longer working, that’s no reason to stop taking advantage of the atmosphere. Here are some non-working fireplace solutions.

“I say to myself that I shall try to make my life like an open fireplace, so that people may be warmed and cheered by it and so go out themselves to warm and cheer.” - George Matthew Adams


Here's how to make the best out of that space.
Candles create a great backdrop. Source: Acuiltivate

One of the most versatile ideas on decorating inside a fireplace, decorating with candles is a great way to utilize the space and still have some semblance of fire in the area provided. Moreover it continues to provide a relaxing environment full of quiet, controlled fire. You can do a lot with candle placement, including the following:

  • Christmas candles
  • Glass holders
  • American theme
  • Electric
  • DIY candles
  • Levels
  • Mirror or silver base
  • Crystal holders


One thing that you can do is install a mirror for the mantel. This can lead to a quiet room full of reflection. You can use it to either cover up fireplace openings or simply put it above the mantel. Either way it’s a great way to decorate the fireplace.


Non-working fireplace inserts can also prove to be a viable storage space for homes. Free up some room in the attic and use the space to store your old boxes. Keep that from being an eyesore by placing a decorative fire screen. This will ensure that guests won’t notice the pile of crates in your living room.

Decorate the Mantel

Picture frames add a lot to the scene
A nice addition to any living room. Source: Wayfair

A more lavish approach is to actually decorate the mantel. Fireplace display ideas can include candles, wreaths, bannisters, and more. It’s a more relaxing approach to your fireplace. Try out the following and see what works best in your fireplace:

  • Flowers
  • Pictures
  • Frames
  • Art
  • Vases
  • A television
  • Books
  • Bowls
  • Ceramic dishes
  • Sculptures
  • Plants
  • Bamboo
  • Bonsai trees
  • Statues
  • Busts
  • Letters

Stack Firewood

Stacked wood makes for a great statement.
Make your living room quaint. Source: Home Edit

Alternatively, you can take a rustic approach to your fireplace and stack it with firewood. Stacking firewood neatly into the crevice can make a very direct point when it comes to home interior design. Be sure to place each piece perfectly to make the most out of your space. This is certainly one of the cheapest ideas filling empty fireplaces has to offer. Just gather wood and stack it in the fireplace.

Seasonal Decor

Decorate every season
Seasons are the reason for DIY decor.  Source: Always Roomey

Tis’ the season to be decorative - no matter what season that may be! Go with Christmas decor for the winter, natural decor during autumn, flowers for spring, and use your imagination for summer. There’s no wrong way to have a seasonal swap out for fireplace decor. It’s really all up to personal taste. It’ll cover up fireplace openings just like that.

Build Shelves

Ideally the best way to save space is to construct a shelving unit in the fireplace. One or two shelves should be sufficient. This will allow you to have a great place to keep your DVD’s, CD’s or books. It looks cool and provides a convenient storage area.

Any advice on what to do with that old fireplace? Or tips on how to decorate the fireplace mantel this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below!

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