We tend to think about the chimneys in a romantic way, the cold outside and us by the fire in the fireplace warming our hands and our frozen body. But this is not always the case, sometimes the chimney is not operative for various reasons or the habit of lighting it has simply been lost. Because let's face it, when a fireplace does not work perfectly, it's a source of smoke and bad smells. It becomes a problem but of course we can not leave that empty space as if nothing, so we propose ten simple ways to decorate that space.
As a place to store wine, it is an interesting option. When you do not know where to store the wine bottles, that hole is a good place. You can even install a small refrigerator cabinet and store the wine in ideal conditions. Thus, the fireplace will continue to be a source of heat for us, the interior warmth that gives us a glass of good red wine.
For small houses with storage problems, turning the fireplace into a shelf is a good option. We can fit a piece of furniture made to measure and if we line the background with wallpaper to match the room we will have a very interesting storage space.
This other storage space is for reading enthusiasts who no longer know where to store their books. Many books fit in the fireplace. In the example they have been arranged in a decorative and practical way. It takes up all the available space and also creates a nice decorative effect with that apparent organizational chaos.
Everything can be said with flowers and with flowers you can decorate any space. A large vase with flowers arranged in the hollow of the fireplace will bring color and freshness to the room. And at Christmas we can place a small tree or some decoration related to the holidays.
The hollow of this fireplace without use has been filled with wooden trunks, there is nothing more appropriate and creates a decorative effect of natural and ecological air.
We can also use the fireplace as an exhibitor of our collections. Especially if we collect large objects as we see in the image above. If they are small objects it will be more cumbersome to clean them because it is a place where enough dust is deposited.
A great way to continue enjoying the vision of the fire in the fireplace is to install a number of large candles. We will have a totally safe place for the candles and will bring us a really interesting lighting and a game of flames and shadows.
The empty and useless space can be transformed into a magnificent personal gallery. If we place our best artistic works in an unusual place, the attention of our visitors will be greater. We can continue talking around the fireplace, even if it is the fire of art that attracts us.
A bust, a shell, a copper pot ... any striking or artistic object will become a magnet for looks.
And ultimately we can install an electric, gas or bio-alcohol heater. We will have the fire of the chimney but without the inconveniences of the combustion of the wood.