Whether you use your fireplace or not, it is still the most focal point in the room and need a little sprucing up. When you have a fireplace, which you do not use at all, try to avoid leaving it bare and unattended as it can really dampen up the room. You can make an unused fireplace into a really commanding focal point in countless numbers of ways. When it comes to unused fireplaces the design can enhance its beauty even if it is never used. By following some of the ideas below you can soon have a very attractive and aesthetic fireplace.
Mirroring up your fireplace
In order to bring in some extra light into the room you can place a framed mirror to cover the mouth of the fireplace. This will remove the stark and gaping look, which can be quite unappealing for a well furnished room. You can get a piece of mirror cut in the exact dimension of the fireplace opening at the glazier and have the mirror framed at the sides. Then place a sturdy and flat bottomed grate stand to place the mirror on it. You can seal the bottom of the mirror to the grate bottom to make it extra sturdy so it does not topple down accidentally. The mirror will reflect the floor rug, which will certainly enhance its visual appeal.
Bringing birch forest into the fireplace
For a more log cabin kind of look you can stack up the inside of the fireplace with logs of birch wood. Purchase two inches logs, which will be longer than the fireplace opening from a garden center. Place you logs directly one on top of the other on a wooden crate, which should face bottom out of the fireplace. By putting the logs in neat order you will soon have a delightful image of a log cabin in the forest.
Bring a sylvan enchanted look to the fireplace
You can create the enchanted look of the forest by letting some greenery appear to be spilling in from the chimney. You can start by cleaning out your fireplace and making it fill up with natural light and then look around for some ferns and mosses. To this you can add some low light plants, which will not require much sunlight. By using a stool or stump you can elevate one plant or turn over some pots to use as stands. Create a sort of randomness in the arrangement at varied levels. Your arrangement must appear as though some plants are spilling out, some inclining backwards with some spare space in between so it is not overcrowded. This also makes for easier air circulation and watering purposes.
Vase up the fireplace in art deco style
Using a variety of vases in different heights and shapes with a two color tone palette as reds and brows will bring out the artistic charm of the fireplace. The vases can be an assortment of glass and ceramics, which will easily reflect and pick up the tones of the woodwork and rugs. You can use small dark stools to elevate some vases to make them appear as one unit. The tallest vases can be the central focus with smaller vases flanking them and try to fill in the nooks with smaller vases.
These fabulous ideas are sure to make your fireplace an interesting and interactive focal point while giving you a sense of warmth. They are also a green way of making use of a space which is otherwise left neglected in most homes.