15 Non-working fireplaces – architectural metaphors that change the atmosphere in our homes

Fireplaces were originally invented to serve as a means of warming up a space. They were originally used as actual heating instruments and their great advantage was that they had a double function, also serving as beautiful architectural ornaments. But with time fireplaces lots their originally function and became more and more appreciated for their design only.

Bright dining room featuring a Nordic interior décor and a non-working fireplace

Nowadays most fireplaces are pure architectural ornaments and accent details for a home’s interior design. But that’s not the only change they’ve suffered. An interesting detail is also the fact that there are also non-working fireplaces. These have completely lost their primary function, that of serving as heating devices, and are only being used for their beauty and symbolism. Sometimes it’s not about the use but about the idea and the concept behind it.Let’s now take a look at a few non-working fireplaces.

Modern bedroom with a brick accent wall and a non-working fireplace used for storage

Elegant living room featuring an arched non-working fireplace with mantel

Contemporary living room featuring a fake fireplace used for display

Modern living room with striped walls and an elegant non-working fireplace

Original way of using a non-working fireplace for Halloween or Thanksgiving

Modern chalkboard faux fireplace with a thin mantle

Rustic fake fireplace on a white brick wall and with a wooden mantel

Elegant non-working fireplace used as a display area for vintage decorations

Image credit jenniferrizzo.

Contemporary living room with an Asian-inspired décor and a beautiful screen in front of the empty fireplace

Simple non-working fireplace filled with fake cardboard logs

Non-working fireplace used as a storage space for books

Modern living room featuring a non-working fireplace turned into a wine-rack display area

Non-working fireplace turned into a small bookcase with shelves

Non-working fireplaces are great design elements because they can be used in any room of the house without worrying about safety and functionality. If your home doesn’t have a fireplace you can just create one. It doesn’t necessarily have to be functional. The shape and impression would be enough to change the atmosphere and to make the room feel warm and cozy.

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Published by in Best Of, on December 27th, 2012


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