What do you do with your fireplace during the summer? Not the mantle…that’s a post for another day…but the actual fireplace. During the fall and winter, it holds the promise of cracking fires and warm evenings. But in the summer, it just looks like a big empty box.
I’ve taken the pretty traditional approach of putting a fern on my hearth for the summer. Because it’s easy and because I’m in love with ferns this summer. I cleared away the fireplace tools and the basket that usually holds wood and stashed them in the basement until fall. It look kind of bare at first, but now I like the uncluttered look.
But I was looking around for some other ideas this weekend and found some great ones!
How about these ideas?
A beautiful piece of sculpture in the firebox or on the hearth. I don’t have any spare busts sitting around (I’ll bet I could find one at goodwill) but any large ceramic piece would work. An urn, a rooster, a large pot. And don’t forget that a little white spray paint can make do wonders to an ugly thrift store find!
photo: House to Home
I love this collection of pretty vases and peonies. The whole fireplace display is so pretty. And the wallpaper makes my heart go pitter-patter. Could it be more feminine?
How about covering up the firebox with something totally different like this wicker screen? If you don’t have a raised hearth, you could put a bench or chair directly in front of the fireplace for extra seating during the summer.
A little table tucks right into the firebox and gives you a place to create a summery display. I have an end table in my basement that would work perfectly. Spray paint, anyone?
photo: Country Living
Flowers are such an obvious (and perfect!) choice. They lighten things up and are perfect for the season.
You could tuck them in a basket inside the fireplace or leave the pretty pots out on the hearth and close up the fireplace behind them. Either way, the pop of color looks beautiful. (How beautiful is the potter on the mantle?)
photo: Sunset Magazine
And I couldn’t write about ideas for your fireplace without mentioning candles. I know people who can’t or don’t like to burn their fireplaces (I know. I don’t understand it either.). But they keep candles in the firebox all year long.
So now I’m feeling like my fern is a little blah and I might have to make a change.
What about you? Do you do anything to your fireplace in the off-season?