With faux fireplace mantels becoming more and more popular (along with the fact that many people live in homes or apartment units with fireplaces that no longer function), determining how to best decorate a nonworking fireplace can be tricky. We've rounded up 25 ideas for those looking to add a little oomph to their living room. Wallpaper, framed artwork, and yes, even chalkboards can make a major impact.
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Play With Tiles
Don't like the existing tiles on your fireplace? Make a swap like Instagrammer Hattie did and opt for stick-on replacements instead. Then place some candles—real or battery-operated—inside for a romantic glow.Continue to 2 of 25 below.
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Fake logs look just as lovely as real ones do! If you have a more contemporary setup but are looking for a small touch of rustic charm, as seen in Instagrammer Molly's space above, don't be shy to add a few.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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Leaning some art against the back of your faux mantel is a great way to display favorite works and add some intrigue, particularly if the top of the fireplace is styled in a more minimalistic fashion, like Instagrammer Meghan's.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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Designer Shannon filled her faux mantel solely with candles for a moody vibe. If you have a more intricate looking fireplace like this, you may wish to go more simple with decor.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Style a Stack
Blogger and Instagrammer Shelby artfully displayed books on the inside of her faux mantel. A stack of regular novels can look extra sophisticated when the spines are turned inward.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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Standing books upright can be a wonderful way to showcase them. Instagrammer Mallory Fletchall topped off one of her stacks with a vase, adding some cheery color to the mix.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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Showcase Some Plants
It never hurts to give your plants some extra attention! Blogger and Instagrammer Leslie set a vibrant fern front and center in her fireplace. And if you don't have a green thumn, fake plants will look just as beautiful as real ones.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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Put Up Some Paper
Papering the back of one's faux mantel is a popular choice, whether you choose to print out quotes or just opt for random text. Instagrammer Paige's setup looks nice and rustic.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Station a Stool
One positive about having a nonworking fireplace? There's no risk when it comes to placing furniture right in front of it, so go ahead and use the space for extra seating. Instagrammers Tina and Taylor put a stool in front of the fireplace, which adds country charm but is also nice and functional.
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Bring Out a Bench
Alternatively, opt for a larger bench that can be pushed right up against the mantel and use it to style a fun display. Designer Tracy covered hers with colorful coffee table books.Continue to 11 of 25 below.
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Group Your Ginger Jars
The base of a nonworking fireplace makes for a fabulous spot to display a collection. In the case of Instagrammer Meredith, that meant busting out the ginger jars!Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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Let It Glow
If you like the look of candles but are itching to incorporate a little more variety, look no further than Instagrammer Holly's setup, which features a mix of lanterns as well as a few plain candles. The assortment of designs adds plenty of character.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Sort It Out
Instagrammer Elle placed a sweet wooden piece with cubby sized compartments inside of her fireplace, and the slots make for fun (and kid-friendly) toy storage.Continue to 14 of 25 below.
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Try Some Chalk
The back of the fireplace makes for a lovely spot to either hang a chalkboard or add some chalkboard paint. Instagrammer Kalyn shows how easy it is to integrate the board into a holiday setup, too.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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Display Dried Flowers
Dried flowers are a type of decor that we don't forsee tiring of anytime soon. Instagrammer Jessica placed an oversized vase of them in the center of her nonworking fireplace for an easy yet impactful fix.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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Stack It Up
One bench is lovely, but there's nothing wrong with a stack of two, either! Instagrammer Christina created a charming setup with a couple of petite seats. Bonus, you can pull them out as extra seats when guests come over.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Add Some Wallpaper
Covering the back of your mantel brings tons of pep and color to the room its in. Instagrammer Megan opted for a floral wrapping paper print that pairs perfectly with the live flowers in the space.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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Stand It Up
Instagrammer @fourwallsandwinston sourced a plant and stand that fit in her small fireplace opening perfectly. The green leaves provide a nice contrast to the black and white tile.Continue to 19 of 25 below.
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Plug It In
If you have an outlet accessible, why not place a lamp inside your fireplace for a quirky—yet quite useful—touch? Designer Mary Jo placed hers atop bed of moss, making the light appear less harsh.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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Showcase a Face
Something as grand as a favorite bust sculpture needs an extra special home. Place it inside the mantel opening like Instagrammer Molly Kate did in her space. It adds some welcome sass—bonus points if you, too, dress your sculpture up with an accessory!Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Fake Some Brick
Craving a brick backdrop but don't want to go about sourcing the real thing? Take a cue from Instagrammer Audrey and install some brick wallpaper behind your mantel instead.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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Build Your Own Bookshelf
Instagrammer Carrie has chosen to go a bit more over the top and fit books into every open nook and cranny. This setup isn't for those who plan to easily access their favorite novels, but it does bring major cozy, library vibes to any room.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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Keep It Plain
If you're more of a minimalist, keep decor to a minimum, particularly if your mantel already features an ornate mirror, as is the case with Instagrammer Nichol. If you have something as fabulous as this mirror, paint the mantel to match the wall to let the real star shine.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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Jazz Things Up With Wood
Just because working fireplaces often have brick doesn't mean your non-working one has to have it too. Wood panels also make for beautiful fireplace backing and pair well with farmhouse style rooms like Instagrammer Carly's.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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Set Out a Basket
Instagrammers Tina and Taylor also styled a fireplace with a basket full of pillows at the bottom—it's an ideal setup for households in which lounging is most definitely encouraged.