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Whether you have a wood-burning, gas, or even a non-functioning fireplace that's purely architectural, there are certainly better ways to dress your hearth than with a wire mesh curtain or that flimsy tri-fold screen you've been using. Here are some clever ways to dress your fireplace, as well as a selection of fireplace screens for every taste.
First, if you're the DIY-type, build a simple facade for your fireplace to use in the off-season. This project gives the illusion of a stack of logs, which lends texture to your space and is certainly more attractive than gazing at a stark, black hole. Perfect for achieving a lodge look, this fake-out is also a great solution for a non-functioning fireplace.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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DIY a Fireplace Screen
Here's another DIY device. Try making your own fireplace screen from a window sash. Look for old windows at flea markets, thrift stores or secondhand shops that specialize in re-purposed items; many of these have architectural salvage for you to pick through. Just remember to measure the opening of your fireplace first and take a tape measure with you on your search.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Customize a Store-Bought ScreenContinue to 4 of 7 below.
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Opt for Candlelight
If you love the idea of a fire but hate the mess, opt for candlelight instead. Arrange lots of pillar candles in a fireplace to achieve the effect of firelight without the heat. This is a great solution for a non-functioning fireplace, or for creating ambiance during warmer months. Place a mirror behind the candles to reflect the glow even more.
Alternatively, buy a candelabra made especially for fireplaces.
Use LED candles, unscented pillars, or if you want, try scented candles, but be choosy about what scents you use. Florals could be way too overpowering; however, it could be fun to choose smoky or woodsy scents like cedar wood, or even evergreen for the holidays.
If you would like to use tea lights (which are less expensive), drill shallow holes slightly larger than a standard tea light in several logs using a hole saw, or buy a set of resin logs made for this very purpose.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Dressing up Your Hearth with BlanketsContinue to 6 of 7 below.
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Mix It Up Each Season
You can also fill your non-functioning fireplace with different seasonal items throughout the year, like colorful pumpkins!Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Go for Natural Elements
Try filling it with natural, seasonal elements like pine cones or branches!