Even a non-working fireplace can be revamped to add immense value to a room. All you have to do is get creative with it. Whether you decide to convert it into an electric fireplace or take a more decorative approach, there are a variety of different updates you can make to liven up the space. In this Twin Star Home blog post, we compile our favorite ways to use a non-working fireplace to help you find inspiration for your own home.
Install an Electric Fireplace Insert
Even if your wood-burning or gas fireplace isn’t working as it once did, you can still find a way to enjoy the glow and heat of a fire by installing an electric fireplace insert. Inserts come in a range of sizes and styles, so you’ll most likely be able to find one that fits inside your existing mantel. Luckily, electric fireplaces don’t require any fuel or special maintenance. ClassicFlame® offers an excellent way to install an electric fireplace insert into the wall or mantel with its Flush-Mount Trim Kits that frame electric fireplace inserts. These kits make installation in a wall or mantel simpler and provide a clean, streamlined look. Measuring is even made easier with the user manual posted online that helps ensure you get the right size insert and kit for your space.
And just like that, you can enjoy a realistic fire and relaxing warmth. With an insert, you can go from having a non-working fireplace to an easy and cleaner source of warmth and beauty in your home. Just make sure there’s an outlet located nearby that allows you to easily and safely plug in the fireplace. And be sure to consult an electrician for the wiring and installation of your beautiful new electric fireplace.
Or, you can try one of these fireplace update ideas below.
Install a Fireplace Log Set
If you like the function of an electric fireplace insert but would prefer a different look, consider an electric log set, such as the duraflame® DFI021ARU Electric Log Set Heater with Realistic Ember Bed, a highly-rated favorite of consumers on Amazon. It features realistic-looking LED logs and embers within a black grate. Using a remote, you can turn the log set on to enjoy the ambiance and adjust the temperature settings. Electric heaters like this one help keep the room cozy and warm and are much more cost-effective compared to constantly adjusting your home’s thermostat as temperatures rise and fall. Plus, since the flames are not real, you don’t have to worry about tending a fire, getting your chimney cleaned or keeping kids and pets away from the hearth. Consumers have even discovered another way to customize their experience – the look of the dancing flames on the walls of the fireplace changes depending on where in the fireplace the log set is positioned.
Setting an electric log set heater like the Duraflame DFI021ARU into your non-working existing fireplace is an excellent alternative to revamping entirely, and a simple way to add heat and ambiance.
Stack Fireplace with Real Logs
Another great way to update your fireplace is to stack real wood logs inside the mantel. The sight of the logs, even if they’re not aflame, can add character and cozy vibes to the space.
Brighten the Area with Candles
Another creative take is to add candles to your non-working fireplace. Place an assortment of pillar candles in varying sizes into the mantel. Whether they’re battery-operated candles or real ones, the flickering flames can help achieve some of the same effects of a working fireplace or electric fireplace. Likewise, a freestanding candle holder or a lantern with flameless candles inside would also look beautiful.
Or you can add a duraflame® infrared quartz electric candle set to add heat and the beauty of flickering candles to your room. Just plug in the unit and set it in your fireplace to create a whole new look.
The DFI030-ARU duraflame® infrared quartz electric candle set helps create a warm and cozy atmosphere in your home without the hassle of a wood-burning fire.
Decorate with Books or Other Unconventional Items
You can also decorate the inside of the mantel with items people wouldn’t normally expect. For example, instead of stacking logs, you can stack books. It can be a unique way to display and store your favorite titles or books with especially attractive bindings. As an alternative to books, baskets stacked with blankets and pillows create a homey look and feel, while a large statement piece, such as a statue, plant, vase or seasonal décor item, is sure to draw attention.
Make the Mantel a Focal Point
If you don’t necessarily want to add anything inside the mantel of your non-working fireplace, you can still make it the focal point of your room. After all, fireplaces are beautiful décor pieces that deserve to be highlighted. If yours is showing signs of age, give it a fresh coat of paint or update the tiles. You can also decorate the mantel shelf with greenery, photos and other accent pieces. To make it really pop, create a gallery wall above the fireplace with your favorite works of art. Even just hanging a single large painting or a mirror can help showcase the fireplace and complement your décor.
Greenery and accent pieces can help bring new life to an unused fireplace.
Breathe New Life into Your Fireplace
Are you ready to repurpose your non-working fireplace? No matter which update you decide to make, whether it’s choosing an electric fireplace, adding a log set or decorating a mantel with unexpected accents, you’ll be able to enhance your home and enjoy it that much more. Get started by shopping for ClassicFlame® electric fireplaces and duraflame electric log sets and lanterns online now.