Fireplaces aren’t used much in the summertime, but there’s no reason your fireplace and mantel can’t continue to bring beauty and elegance into your home. Left to themselves, unused fireplaces can become a little gray, a little dreary after weeks of neglect.
But the hearth is still the center of the home. A carefully maintained and curated fireplace, mantle and hearth can remain a center of home beauty every month of the year.
Decorate Your Mantle With Candles
If you watch home renovation shows, you already know the power of candles. Many times, the designers will use tea candles and candelabras to give a newly-redone room extra ambience. Candles are low-maintenance, low-cost means of adding atmosphere and depth to your living room and fireplace area.
Candelabras, or sculpted metal candle frames, collect candles together for a decorative result that’s far more than the sum of its parts. They’re available in dozens of different styles and motifs.
Include A Fireback, Hearth Rug, and Tool Set
There’s no reason your fireplace accessories have to be purely functional. Firebacks are metal screens that help redirect heat towards the outside of the firebox, but they can be ornamental and decorative, too.
Hearth rugs help give your room decorative balance while centering your décor. Like candelabras and firebacks, there are dozens of designs from which to choose.
Fireplace tools, of course, serve an invaluable function when the fireplace is in use. But they can also be decorative if finished in brass, chrome, or silver. They’re fully functional while remaining lovely to look at.
Convert Your Firebox Into a Flowerbox
The firebox is the area inside your fireplace that contains the fire. Once the fireplace becomes unnecessary for warmth, convert that empty space into a place to display plants and flowering bushes. Plants that need relatively little light work best, and be sure not to put any plants too far into the firebox (You’ll have to reach them to water them!)