When in the market for a new home, one of the major wish list items for many prospective homeowners is a fireplace. Indeed, cozying up on the couch during the cold winter months while enjoying a hot beverage as a warm fire crackles in the background can feel oh-so-perfect.
The only downside? Well, fireplaces tend to be highly unused real estate during the hot summer months, when making a fire doesn’t make good sense.
Here’s some great news, though: You can make some temporary changes to your fireplace — and the space around it — in the summer to make it a more festive and cheery part of your home, even when it’s 90 degrees outside and you’re indoors sipping lemonade. For example, consider the following suggestions:
1. Add a Touch of Summer with Artwork
One super-easy way to give your fireplace a pop of summer is with the addition of some new wall art prints that feature flowers, beach scenes and/or nautical themes. For instance, when hung above the fireplace, a print featuring an ocean riptide will instantly brighten up the spot and put you in a summery mood. Additionally, if you have a mantel above the fireplace, you can complement the artwork with photos of your family at the beach, as well as seashells and framed postcards from summery locations and other decorations that remind you of warm weather.
2. Incorporate Flowers
Nothing says summer like large vases of gorgeous seasonal blossoms. Place a huge vase with real or silk flowers directly in front of the fireplace opening, and then add some greenery across the mantel. You could also add some strings of twinkling fairy lights to the swags for a summery look that’s reminiscent of fireflies. If you’re not sure about flowers, ferns are another great option. In fact, ferns are easy to grow, which is nice for gardening newbies, their green color is super lush, you can also nestle some right inside the firebox in low planters.
3. Use Flameless Candles
For those nights when you wish you had the peaceful glow of a fireplace in your family room, consider placing several flameless candles inside the space. Opt for summery colors, like pale blues and greens, and purchase a variety of heights to create a nice visual impact. Then, on those evenings when you want the look of flames without the heat or worry of real candles, flip their switches to “on” and enjoy the lovely glow. To make the experience even easier, you can find flameless candles that come with built-in timers.
4. Reflect Light with a Mirror
Those dog days of summer are especially long and sunny, so why not reflect some of the light back into your home with the help of a gorgeous mirror above the fireplace? Moreover, mirrors can reflect the sunlight pouring into your home and help the room look bigger. Choose one in whichever shape, size and style you desire; for instance, if the wall above the fireplace is stark white, a mirror with a brightly colored frame would look amazing.
Enjoy Your Summery Fireplace
Before you know it, it will be time for glasses of eggnog and a good mystery book in front of a roaring fire from your fireplace. But for now, you can definitely transform this currently-unused favorite feature of your home into a beautiful and summery focal point of your living room.