Whether you have a non-working fireplace or you want to avoid smoke, there are still plenty of ways to light up your hearth.

With Daylight Savings and shorter days just around the corner, the season to get cozy is just beginning. While many folks are nostalgic for a roaring fire during this time of year, there are plenty of reasons to style a fireplace without the presence of flames.

Whether you’re looking to reduce smoke exposure in your home or your fireplace is non-functioning, here are a few alternative ways to enjoy your fireplace all season long.

Fill It with Wood Piles

Get a super-cozy look by styling your fireplace with beautifully stacked piles of wood, instantly transforming your living room into a cabin escape. And if the time comes that you actually want to use your fireplace, the wood is already right there and ready to go.

Make a Mini Library

If you have a fireplace facade, or simply a clean fireplace, fill the interior with stacks of colorful books, ideally enough to fill the interior. It’s a fun hack for putting all those great coffee table books on display rather than cluttering up your coffee table.

Create a Plant Haven

Add a variety of houseplants in front of, around, and on top of the fireplace to transform it into a green wonderland. Tuck plants that need less direct sunlight into the center of the fireplace, and dot your mantle with vine-filled foliage.

Replicate Flames with Candles

Not a fan of lighting fires, but love the look of the flames? Instead, try filling your fireplace with pillar candles that you can easily light to create a similar mood, with easier clean-up.


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