June 21st will mark the first day of Summer in the UK and if weather forecasts are anything to go by, it does not look like there will much need to light a fire for the next few months. Unfortunately, there is no way to enjoy the captivating dance of flickering flames without the heat that accompanies them, so you could be excused for thinking that your fireplace may have to go unused until Autumn. Luckily, this is not necessarily the case and to prove we know what we’re talking about, we’re going to share 7 exciting and imaginative ways to decorate your fireplace over summer.

#1. Decorative Fireplace Logs & Stones

Starting with the most obvious solution, decorative fireplace logs and stones are designed with the sole purpose of keeping fireplaces from looking dark and dull. From natural substrates to synthetic accessories, there are an impressive number of fireplace decorations available these days, so you’re certain to find something that will suit the feel of your home.

What’s more, if you go down the man-made route, you can find decorative logs and stones with built-in speakers or even a hidden compartment! Just remember to remove them before the next time you light a fire.

#2. Fire Guards

Fire guards may serve a practical purpose whilst the Winter fire is roaring, but during the Summer months they carry their weight by relying on their aesthetic properties. From heavy duty wrought iron screens with traditional patterns to brass protectors with ornate floral designs, decorative fireguards come in all sorts of styles and it is not at all difficult to find one that is both functional and pleasing to the eye.

#3. Floor Standing Lanterns

Floor standing lanterns come in various shapes and sizes, and can be placed within the firebox or in front of it, on the hearth. From rustic moroccan candle holders to svelte, modern lanterns, these attractive home accessories are available in a variety of designs that allow them to perfectly blend in with any style of home decor<é>. What’s more, most of these lanterns are designed to support tealight candles, which are not only inexpensive and available in large quantities, but also produce the desired lighting effect with negligible excess heat.

#4. Fairy Lights

Though perhaps not as ornate as a lantern, you can always rely on fairy lights to brighten up your fireplace. Most UK households will have boxed away their fairy lights shortly after Christmas, but there are few decorations as versatile and they can always be depended upon to create a charming visual effect. Their most obvious application would be lined up on or drape across the mantel, however, for those with log fires, fairy lights can be weaved in and out amongst logs placed within the firebox.

#5. Flowers & Plants

Not everything used to decorate a fireplace has to replicate some aspect of fire, in fact sometimes it makes a refreshing change to veer slightly outside the box. Flowers are probably the last thing many would associate with fireplaces, but the large open space of a traditional fireplace makes it perfect for keeping flowers and plants of any size. High enough to stand a vase in and wide enough for a flower or herb box, all you need to do is make sure your fireplace gets an hour or two of sunlight during the day and remember to water your plants.

#6. Books

More of a long term solution for fireplaces that are no longer required to heat a home, converting a firebox into a bookshelf is a fantastic project for experienced woodworkers and budding DIY enthusiasts alike. Ideal for busy homes that need to make the most of any and all space available, converting a fireplace into a storage area for all your books is not only a practical solution to an all too common problem, but a decorative one also that cannot help but imbue a room with an air of sophistication.

#7. Artwork

Though not the ideal place for displaying paintings, portraits or pictures, an unused fireplace could be considered the perfect frame for sculptures, statues, and statuettes. Rooms with a fireplace tend to have their furniture situated around it, and will naturally draw the eye of anybody entering a room. Whether displayed on the hearth, mantel or within the firebox, fireplaces are ideal for exhibiting artwork that demands nothing more than to admired, appreciated, and applauded..

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