Ways to Decorate a non-working fireplace. Lets face it, a lot of us have flat screens hanging over our mantels these days. So if you need a place to keep your cable box, use your fireplace. Just top it with some candles or flowers to kick the commercial vibe. Living Room
5 Ways to Decorate a Non-Working Fireplace: Last but not least, my favorite way to dress up your fireplace is by storing logs in it. It will give your room the same cozy, rustic vibe as a crackling fireplace would, without the heat, of course.Source
IDEA: make a faux fireplace cover. Use a black velvet background, affix pieces of trimmed-off logs, hang to cover fireplace space, probably store candles and other entertainment items in a tote behind it. This avoids making it a space for spiders and other bugs to hide.
3 Ways To Keep A Room From Feeling Flat: #2 is a good one - MIX WOODS. When your headboard, dresser, side tables, and arm chair legs are all the same wood and finish, a room will likely feel sterile and lifeless. The key to keeping the mix from looking like the furniture corner of Goodwill is mixing finishes (as in glossy, raw, distressed, etc.) as well as wood type, and having at least two pieces in the same tone.