We would never in a million years advocate the rebirth of book-burning, but a fireplace does make a quaint setting for all of your favorite reads. Stack with spines facing out to inspire small talk or give visitors something to do during downtime.
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Eyes are naturally drawn to that gaping hole in the wall, so put something worth looking at in your fireplace. Brownie points if it's a piece of art that looks back at you!
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There's something sensual about the undulating curves of a vase. Limit your fireplace to three vases to avoid overwhelm. Consider inserting sticks, branches, or stems to add height.
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Mirrors create the illusion of spaciousness and lighten up a room. Affix a mirror to the back wall of your fireplace and accessorize with subtle, symmetrical details.
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A fire screen that keeps you safe from the blaze is a smart purchase that can also be stylish and sculptural. This one is by Del and Brenda Williams exclusively for Christopher Anthony Ltd in Palm Springs. We likey.
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Sleek, gray, and understated. Stones are sophistication exemplified.
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If you've decided to close off your fireplace permanently and are handy with a tape measure and a saw, hand-cut wood paneling is one way to go about it. Measure carefully and seek out an expert if you're even the slightest bit unsure how to execute this project.
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If you're an eclectic decorator or an avid traveler, a fireplace can double as a showcase for cultural artifacts or souvenirs.
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For those nights when a full-on fire is too much heat, but you still want the romantic glow of flames, stagger some candles in your hearth. Try a variety of shapes and sizes to keep it visually interesting, but keep all your candles in the same color scheme for continuity.
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Like candles, twinkle lights are an easy and inexpensive way to visually trick yourself into thinking there's a fire in your fireplace. Unlike candles, lights won't leave wax or soot stains everywhere. They're also a wise choice for those who are apt to forget to extinguish lit wicks before falling asleep at night.
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Put some life in your fireplace with greenery. Rather than just one sad plant, pack 'em in and make it appear as bountiful as a garden.
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Flowers provide the same natural breath of fresh air as plants, but with the added bonus of bursts of color. If displayed in a vase, change water frequently and use flower food to keep blooms fresh. Not up for all that maintenance? Fake flowers are rarely recommended by interior designers, but if you insist, invest in quality, realistic-looking ones and know that you'll have to dust them from time to time.
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If there are little ones living under your roof, a fireplace might seem like just another injury waiting to happen. Rather than put up a tacky-looking baby gate, try a chalkboard in the fireplace instead. It will transform a forbidden area that requires constant monitoring into a creativity station for the kids.
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Rather than your standard pile of maple of oak firewood, find trees that have unique character, texture, or coloring, and chop 'em up. For an elegant touch, try birchwood. Play around with thinner and thicker logs. Change the look by standing the wood up vertically or displaying with the cut side facing out.
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Because for some, home is where the liquor stash is. Keep it on the floor because that's where you'll end up at the end of the night anyway.
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