12 empty fireplace ideas to style up that vacant opening

empty fireplace filled with candles
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Empty fireplace ideas are really sought-after by many homeowners, keen to create a focal point in their room or make the most of an existing opening without the trouble or expense of installing a real fire.

While some of the cosiest fireplace ideas feature roaring flames and crackling logs, there is a degree of maintenance involved with having a real fire. Ashes need to be regularly cleared out, the chimney needs to be swept and there are a range of fire accessories that go hand-in-hand with fires too, such as pokers and fire guards. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.