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Decorating an empty fireplace (=black hole).

Posted by chester_grant (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 20, 06 at 22:04

My fireplace is empty and is just a big 3 foot wide black hole in a brick surround. Any ideas on how to decorate a fireplace to make it look good?


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RE: Decorating an empty fireplace (=black hole).

yeah, put a wood or a pellet stove in there. You'd be surprised how great it will look afterwards. :-D


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RE: Decorating an empty fireplace (=black hole).

In the winter I keep firewood laid on the grate. In summer, I clean out the ashes, remove the grate and put in a large basket arranged with fake plants intertwined with a string of white Christmas lights. You could also use a decorative screen in front of the fireplace or an arrangement of fresh flowers.


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RE: Decorating an empty fireplace (=black hole).

You can purchase an inexpensive Candelabra that usually holds 8 or 9 of the larger size candles. This provides a nice off season opportunity for a cozy candlelight atmosphere. You can get some artificial branches or vines to go around the bottom if you wish to dress it up. I also saw one that was made out of a log. Here's a link to give you an idea as what they look like and cost.

Here is a link that might be useful: Candleabra


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RE: Decorating an empty fireplace (=black hole).

I knew someone who put candles in their fireplace and it looked fantastic. She burned them while we were over and it was cosy and nice to look at.


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RE: Decorating an empty fireplace (=black hole).

Decorating Your Fireplace in the Summer (it talks about things you can put in your firebox when it's not being used)


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RE: Decorating an empty fireplace (=black hole).

we did the candles for summer time too and LOVE the look - get many complements. Get the simplest holder you can and then pillar candles and you can't beat the ambiance UNLESS you decide you want a year round zen look. Then take a look at exoticflames.com - they answer your questions quickly and directly if you are intrigued on if this look will work for you.

Here is a link that might be useful: exotic flames


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RE: Decorating an empty fireplace (=black hole).

Would gas logs be an option for a situation like this? I have looked at gas logs in passing but don't know too much about them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Natural Gas Fireplace Logs


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RE: Decorating an empty fireplace (=black hole).

If you put candles in a fireplace and want to light them, do you have to open the flue? Does the number of candles make a difference? ... I've seen pictures of candles burning in a fireplace, and they're beautiful, but the practical questions always surface. I'd appreciate any insight someone might have, especially from those who have done this.


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