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Have a fireplace that can no longer safely burn wood? You won’t be so bummed when you see all the cool things you can do with the spot. These non-working fireplace decorating ideas transform an ordinary hearth into a cool and creative focal point in your home.

Cover It With A Flatscreen TV

A flatscreen TV’s black screen mimics the hearth’s dark opening. And the best part is you can play crackling fireplace feeds on your TV. Image: Domino

Turn Your Non-Working Fireplace Into A Bookcase

Tile the back of your fireplace in a light, fun tile and add shelves to convert the unit into a bookcase. Image: Better Homes And Gardens

Artfully stack a collection of books inside your fireplace hearth. Image: Little Piece Of Me

Non-Working Fireplace Decorating Ideas Featuring Tile, Mirror And Wallpaper

Retile the back of your fireplace in a bold and graphic pattern to modernize your hearth. Image: Desire To Inspire

Add a mirror to the back of the fireplace and candles at the opening. When you light the candles, the mirror will reflect the warm glow. Image: Good Housekeeping

Fireplace hearths are dark and often dirty from years of burning wood. Freshen up the opening with mirrors or tile. Image: Brit + Co

Bold colors and an Asian wallpaper transform a non-working fireplace into a striking focal wall. Image: Elle Decor UK

A mirrored rear wall expands the space by reflecting light and offering a view other than brick. Image: Casa Vogue

A Chalkboard Non-Working Fireplace Hearth

This fireplace was closed off with a panel painted in chalkboard paint. Image: Brit + Co

Fill The Opening With Plants

Arrange a collection of indoor-friendly plants at varying heights, spilling out from inside your hearth. Image: Brit + Co

Turn Your Non-Working Fireplace Into A Mini Wine Cellar

Wall mounting a wine rack and arranging a small cocktail table near the hearth converts an old fireplace into a cool lounge. Image: SF Girl By Bay

Non-Working Fireplace Ideas Featuring Decorative Objects

A sealed fireplace was plastered and painted black. A framed print was placed in front of the hearth to lighten up the area. Image: Better Homes And Gardens

Fill your non-working fireplace with candles or seasonal objects like pumpkins, small Christmas trees and more. Image: Good Housekeeping

When grouping objects in your fireplace, paint the back wall in a contrasting color so the objects pop. To get this look, arrange your collection in odd numbers and in various sizes. Images: Elle Decor and Real Simple

Did these non-working fireplace decorating ideas inspire you to reform the space into something cool and different? Share your transformation with us!