18 Ways to Dress Up Your Fireplace (No Fire Necessary)

There are many good ideas here — we can't pick a favorite!


What's a fireplace without a fire? Really cool actually. Here's proof.

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Sunny Painted Brick Fireplace
Stacey Brandford
Paint It White

Steal a trick from this sunny home and refresh dated brick with a coat of cream paint. Hello, instant mood booster.

Shop a similar look: paint, $18,

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fireplace with basket
Layla Palmer
Swap in a Basket

It's both storage and decor. Tall branches poking out of pitchers and a framed chalkboard message round out the mantel.

Shop a similar look: basket, $44,

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fireplace with large mirror
Mike Garten
Create an Illusion

Try switching out art if you're short on space. An fakes an extra window by establishing a bright focal point.

Shop a similar look: mirror, $140,

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beach house living room fireplace
Lisa Romerein
Keep It Fresh

Bright whites look at right home in this beach house. Subtle texture, like the tiled backsplash around the hearth and , keeps things interesting.

Shop a similar look: pillow covers, $10 for 2,

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gray fireplace with books
Tara Mangini and Per
Distress It

A adds charm to this little library. With only a thin ledge to work with, line it with petite bottles.

Shop a similar look: vintage bottles,

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Light It Up

in different sizes, shapes and containers create a gentle flickering glow, or go the worry-free route by using instead.

Shop a similar look: candles, $29 for 12,

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Make a Cozy Nook

Fresh blooms, hardy houseplants and a make the fireplace an inviting place, even on warmer days. The dog is optional (but highly recommended).

Shop a similar look: leather chair, $250,

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Jessie D. Miller
Display Collectibles

You deck out the mantel, so why not the hearth? Use an eclectic mix of vintage and new finds in various materials, like antique and an artsy stone bust.

Shop a similar look: bust,

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Fireplace with plants
Pile in the Greenery

An empty hearth comes alive with an indoor garden. Arrange an array of mismatched pots, in many shapes and sizes, filled with hearty (and low-maintenance!) or ferns.

Shop a similar look: succulents, $40 for 20,

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art in fireplace
Luke French
"Hang" Artwork

If you don't have enough wall space to show off your , you'll love this trick: Lean framed art within the fireplace. Just make sure it's big enough so it doesn't disappear against the interior.

Shop a similar look: vintage art prints, 

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SF Girl By Bay
Stash Wine

With this design, a glass of vino is never out of reach.

Shop a similar look: wine rack, $40,

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Shelve Books

Everyone's all about styling their bookshelves these days, but this takes that idea to a whole new level.

Shop a similar look: side table, $54, 

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Courtesy of Pursuit of Handyness
Create a Glow

In lieu of a fire, set up a display of candles — it will add instant warmth to a room. (The will make it look like you have twice the amount of candles!)

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Jennifer Rizzo
Show Off Your Antiques

Assemble your favorite in a creative display.

Shop a similar look: vintage luggage, 

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Courtesy of Caught in Grace
Add Some Chalk Art

Kids will have fun with this mantle-turned-chalkboard. This roaring fire design is especially clever.

Shop a similar look: chalkboard paint, $10,

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Pepper Design Blog
Stack Logs

This blogger took a Pinterest challenge to create the look of stacked logs. In reality, they are just , but if your fireplace is deep enough, you might be able to layer actual logs.

Shop a similar look: wood slices, $19 for 15,

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All Things Beautiful
Add Some Tile

Although it's a bit of an undertaking, the final result is well worth it.

Shop a similar look: tiles, $45,

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Courtesy of Young House Love
Showcase a Sculpture

Less is more in some cases, and the simplicity of a singular sculpture inside a white fireplace makes this display ultra sophisticated.

Shop a similar look: sculpture, $100,

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