In the age of central heating and electric blankets, the fireplace has all but fallen out of fashion in the world of home design. Data from the US Census Bureau indicates that fewer and fewer new homes are being built with fireplaces each year, making the homes that house these charming structures harder and harder to come by.
Although plenty of households enjoy all the warmth and character that comes with a built-in hearth, other homes and apartments are left with a lackluster shell. Luckily for you, both can be transformed into great décor statements.
Whether your fireplace is on hiatus for the summer or out of commission altogether, we’ve got five easy ideas for transforming your simple hearth into a striking centerpiece.