Home Staging: How to Enhance Your Unused Fireplace

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Creative ways to decorate your outdoor or indoor fireplace. Getty Images
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    Your Unused Fireplace can Still Appeal to Buyers

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    Your unused fireplace can still be a focal point. Getty Images

    When staging your home, accentuating the positive is a must. If you have a fireplace that doesn't work due to the age of the home or other circumstances there are ways to make it look appealing. While an unused fireplace can become an eye sore it can also provide beauty. Here are tricks and twists that can help you transform an unused fireplace into a focal point of the room.  Take a look at some of these tips to help add more visual décor into your home staging and give your useless...MORE fireplace a use.

    Create a Fireplace Decorative Display

     

    Fireplaces have the capability of being a strong and vibrant focal point within a space.  Lead with that statement when going about designing or decorating your unused fireplace. Have it to resemble and reflect your personal style and design.  Place pieces of artworks and accents (decorative vases) within the fireplace or even a floral arrangement that matches the season.  Add in a mantle if one is not already there.  Mantles are an easy way for adding in creative displays, without having to do much work.  One term that is being widely used is a "mantle scape" which is adding elements of nature of various shapes, sizes, textures and set a scene that resembles a “landscape” appeal across your fireplace mantle.

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    Give your Unused Fireplace a New Purpose this Season

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    Try adding candles for an eye-catching view. Getty Images

    Use the Fireplace for Storage or Display

    This general home staging trick when appealing to buyers is the more space you can provide the better.  Potential home buyers love spacious properties within the home because typically they have a lot of things that need to have a place to go.  With that being said give your unused fireplace a purpose as a storage unit in the home staging.  All you have to do is clean out the fireplace (thoroughly) and if you would like to, paint the inside.  There are...MORE spray paints that are water-based so you can use them indoors without having to worry about the toxins.  After you have cleaned and/or painted the fireplace then, filled it with books, collectibles, artificial fire logs, heirlooms etc.  The choice is yours for the design elements you want in the fireplace.

    Consider Concealing or Hiding your Fireplace

    If your firebox doesn't look good or is in disrepair, consider covering it. In some homes, the fireplace can be an eyesore and if you tried decorating or reusing it as a storage area, it would detract from the amenities of your home.  If this is the case, then closing it up would be the ideal choice.  You could board up the firebox hole with plywood then paint the exterior of the wood whatever color that will match the décor or even have the color to be an accent in the room like one does with an accent wall.  You have other options as well like adding mosaic tiling to the wooden boards for color and texture, or decorative patterns from fabrics or fabric papers.  Even decorative metals can be used around the fireplace to add more décor.  The options are endless.  

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    Install a Wood Burning Stove in your Fireplace

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    Add a burning stove to your old firebox space. Getty Images

    If the room still needs a source of heat consider installing a wood burning stove inside your fireplace. Have a professional look at your existing firebox and chimney and ensure it can be fitted with a wood burning stove.

    Whether you are staging a home for sale or you just moved into a new home, an unused fireplace can become a feature, rather than an eyesore.  However, it can come with some imperfections that that can cause headaches and an unused fireplace is one of them.  Fortunately, there...MORE are ways to work around the unused fireplace flaw.  It just takes some imagination, a few creative approaches, and a wonderful outcome should emerge for your home staging.  If your fireplace is located near a room that has beautiful decor or beautiful appliances like a gourmet kitchen, take decorative cues from that room. 

    Review these tips and suggestions above and see how they work out for your new home.  Also, can you think of any ideas that might make your unused fireplace be more useful?  If so, then let us know.