Do you have a fireplace in your home? Does it work? Do you use it? If you answered no to either of the latter questions, it may be time for you to add some style to that unused space in your home. So, what should you do with the hearth? Well, thankfully Laura Gaskill over at Houzz, offers insights that will get you "styling with paint, flea market finds, even artificial turf."

Here are a few of our favorite tips:

  • Paint it! A fresh coat of paint is an easy way to brighten it up.
  • Head to the flea market. You might find "a battered trunk, a birdcage with an interesting shape, a set of old bowling pins - just about anything that catches your eye can work as a styling tool as long as it fits in the space." But, as Gaskill recommends, bring the dimensions with you while shopping to make sure it's the right purchase. 
  • Add plants! "Fresh greenery is a wonderful distraction from the black hole of an unused fireplace," but Gaskill notes that even plants that thrive in the shade will not survive in there so be conscious of giving them time in the sun or purchase high quality fake ones.
  • Shelving is a great option for those with a fireplace that does not work. Installing shelves offers more storage space and the perfect opportunity to display a collection. 
  • Finally, "when in doubt, go with candles."

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