We recently purchased our first home, and one of our favorite features is the wood burning fireplace right in the middle of the living room. While our former rental house had a boarded-up fireplace that acted only as decoration, this one is a bonafide, working fireplace that we can fill with split logs all winter long. If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace — either functioning or decorative — you might find some inspiration from our favorite fireplace ideas.
- Add a custom wood cover. This is one of the first pieces we ever built: a patterned lath cover for the fireplace in our old home. It added so much texture and warmth to the room that we almost didn't miss the fire itself.
- Give it a facelift. One of the easiest ways to re-vamp an old fireplace is by adding a fresh coat of paint to the brick. We're suckers for stark white, but we can't help but dream of a matte black fireplace in the center of a room.
- Store wood in a beautiful way. Whether you have a functioning fireplace or not, you can fake it with a beautiful stack of wood nearby.
- Throw some fresh herbs inside. When you light a fire in your fireplace, toss in a bundle of fresh herbs like rosemary, sage, basil, or dried lavender. When they catch, it will fill your home with a scent that's even better than the fire itself.
- Invest in fireplace cookware. You may not realize it, but it is possible to cook in your indoor fireplace. Bon Appetit suggests grilling a steak in there, which sounds like a pretty great way to spend a winter afternoon.