How to Make the Most of a Nonfunctional Fireplace

Wallowing over the fact that your fireplace is of the non-working variety? Then time for an attitude adjustment. This supposed “flaw” can actually be the most striking and versatile design feature in the whole darn house. Below, our favorite designer tricks for decorating, nay, celebrating a defunct hearth.

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Close Off With A Slab Of Marble

Fan of minimalism? Fan of marble? Consider finishing off the fireplace with a custom fitted piece of stone stone à la Studio.LIFE.STYLE. As demonstrated above, the finished look is sleek, clean and modern—while still très cozy.

Showcase Natural Objects

From potted ferns to chunks of coral, Mark D. Sikes is ever the fan of rotating gorgeous natural elements in his living room's decorative fireplace.

Use A Decorative Fire Screen

The design team behind Massucco Warner Miller considers ornate grates and fire screens “room jewelry." We also love their addition of flanking lanterns to add some natural firelight to the scene.

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Courtesy of Consort Design

Integrate Your Furniture

Experimental and proud of it? Consort Design recommends placing one end of a coffee or dining table inside of your fireplace, which creates an appealing visual angle in the room, and increases usable floor space (to say nothing of the wow factor).