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25+ Stunning empty fireplace ideas that you’ll love

By Elise Hodge

Updated: May 24th, 2022

Too warm for a fire? No worries! Fill your empty fireplace with decorative pieces for a stunning feature piece.

Do you have an empty fireplace that you’ve filled in or that doesn’t get used? Well, look no further because I’ve got the perfect empty fireplace ideas!

Whether you’re wanting something that is decorative and matches the décor of your home or something a little more functional–there are so many things you can do. And while you’re at it, you could even spruce up your fireplace with a fresh lick of paint and new tiling.

Empty fireplaces can be filled with your favourite decor pieces, books, candles, woodblocks and more. And I’m here to show you that there are certainly endless possibilities when it comes to decorating your empty fireplace. I’m sure there are some ideas in here that you haven’t even considered before. So let’s dive into these inspirational empty fireplace ideas below.

1. Fairy lights

Fairy lights are one of my favourite ways of creating warmth and a cosy feeling in a home. And I love the effect that fairy lights give this empty fireplace. A similar glow to a real fire, without the upkeep – win-win! I also love the assortment of white pillar candles placed inside the fireplace area. I would love to put my feet up and relax in this space!

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Source: Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

2. Fabulous foliage

An empty fireplace is just perfect for displaying beautiful foliage in a large vase. You can also add foliage to the wooden mantle to bring things together nicely.

If you need a mantle hung up (and they can be seriously heavy) you will want a carpenter to install it correctly.

3. Woodblocks in an empty fireplace

This is one of my favourite ways to fill an empty fireplace, woodblocks! Adding blocks of wood to your empty fireplace will give an awesome fireplace look without having to worry about a live fire. An empty fireplace is also a great place to store firewood if you have an active fireplace in another area of your home. Genius!

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Source: Photo by Darren Richardson on Unsplash

4. Flickering flames

Candles are another one of my favourite ways to decorate an empty fireplace. I love when different candle pillar sizes are placed inside a fireplace and provide a magnificent glow to the dark space. What a magical set-up indeed!

5. Dried foliage

Simple and elegant styling with so much character. The arrangement of pine cones and dried foliage inside the fireplace looks so lovely and simple.

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Source: Photo by carla baccari on Unsplash

6. Add tile for character

Detailed tiles are a great way of bringing some pattern and character into your space. Consider adding starry tiles to your empty fireplace which will look extra magical at night, especially lit up by the glow of flickering candles! Just add some foliage in a vase on the mantelpiece and voila!

7. Bedroom empty fireplace

If your fireplace used to be a feature of a bedroom, then it’s important to still make the space look equally as special when it’s filled in. You can use the former mantel as a shelf  to display family photos and art, and drape some fairy lights across it.

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Source: Photo by Maël BALLAND from Pexels

8. Driftwood candelabra

If you love coastal styling then consider a candelabra made of driftwood! These almost look like they have been washed up from the shore, just with a handmade touch. White pillar candles are simply perfectly placed across the driftwood. Stunning!

9. Faux fireplace

If you don’t have a fireplace to work with but want to create a faux one, installing black pillars will give the fireplace look without having to worry about committing to a major installation!

10. Seasonal décor

Empty fireplaces are perfect for displaying seasonal décor like pumpkins for Halloween. Keep your fireplace neatly painted and clean, and you can use it as a frame to set up all kinds of cute festive displays.

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Source: Photo by Ellen Auer on Unsplash

11. Interesting stone

You’re in luck if you have an unused but lovely stonework fireplace. They have so much character with all the different shaped, sized and coloured stone bricks. To decorate, just add your favourite décor items—candlesticks, indoor plants, a throw blanket in a basket at the base.

12. Log feature

This gorgeous living room features a stunning moulded fireplace which is being used to store logs. The beauty of a log stack in your empty fireplace is all the gorgeous different and warm tones of timber it brings to your living room.

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Source: Photo by Андрей from Pexels

13. Matte black

For a chic and classy empty fireplace, give it a matte black finish. Add in some awesome trailing plants for a pop of vivid green, or contrast with a moss green couch!

14. Indoor plants

As mentioned, empty fireplaces are perfect for foliage, flowers or plants. If you have a jungalow style living room, add in some spectacular feature plants into your empty fireplace space. Set your plants off against a white painted fireplace, or opt for gorgeous black and white tiling which adds an awesome pattern!

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Source: Photo by Thirdman from Pexels

15. Herringbone tiles

If your fireplace is filled in, you still want it to be presentable. So installing some additional tiling is a great way to finish off your space. And I love herringbone fireplace tiles laid into empty fireplaces as it’s typically the perfect burst of pattern for the space.

16. Thrifted finds

Decorate your empty fireplace with an awesome collection of thrifted finds. It might be ornate candlesticks or picture frames, lamps or a vintage glob. Or it may be vintage brass fireplace stokers or a peacock-shaped brass fireplace guard like this.

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Source: Photo by Diogo Fagundes on Unsplash

17. Cocktail, anyone?

Who wants a cocktail? Me, please! How great is this idea for an empty fireplace—turn it into a home bar! You can even create two different levels inside so that the contents can be displayed clearly and in an organised way. A little table next to the fireplace works so well as an area to create your beverage masterpieces.

18. Festive scene

Ho, ho, ho… Merry Christmas! This festive scene is giving me all the Christmassy vibes! If you live in the northern hemisphere, then sitting around the fireplace would usually be a necessity for you for Christmas, but if you are in the southern hemisphere and have a warm Christmas, then fireplaces are more of a novelty. I love how this empty fireplace has been decorated for the season.

Source: Photo by Tengyart on Unsplash

19. Book nook

Another great empty fireplace idea is making it into your very own mini library. A creative book nook, I like to call it. I love all the colourful books all stacked up. If you love reading and have an overflow of books, then this idea is definitely for you!

Source: Svetlana Gumerova via Unsplash

20. White and grey

If you love a white on white living room colour, then consider trying something a little different like white and light grey. You still get a similar effect to all white, however the light grey and the white is such a lovely and less common combination. The light grey looks lovely around the brick fireplace, while the slim white mantle is the perfect border.

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Source: Photo by Macauly Addesso on Unsplash

21. Ornate details

How elegant is this living room with its unused fireplace stowed away behind the gorgeous brass and black fireplace guard. I love the way the metal extends out to the mantel. The overall effect is very sleek and sophisticated.

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Source: Photo by kelsey roenau on Unsplash

22. Navy and white

Navy and white really is such a beautiful combination if you love a dark living room. Consider painting the main portion of your wall in navy and the top strip of the wall and inside the fireplace in white. Just add a beautiful large round mirror above the fireplace and some prints leaning up against the wall for a trendy look.

23. Shabby chic

How gorgeous is this shabby chic empty fireplace! I love the weathered bricks against the white wall and green foliage. Adding some macrame across your empty fireplace is a lovely Boho touch.

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Source: Photo by Angela Roma from Pexels

24. Painted wood

There’s plenty of beautiful ways to display wooden slices or logs in empty fireplaces, but what about painting the wood in your fireplace?! If you have a certain colour scheme in your home, then getting creative and painting your wood is such a great idea!

25. Faux neon fire

Last but not least, perfect for your empty fireplace–a pretend fire, in the form of a neon flame. Witty, quirky and very appropriate!

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Source: Photo by Thom Law on Unsplash

So that concludes 25+ empty fireplace ideas! I love fireplaces featuring indoor plants as well as those with assortments of different sized pillar candles and the awesome fireplaces with the firewood stacked and displayed. What empty fireplace decor ideas will you be trying? Let me know in the comments below!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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