Make Your Living Room Cozy
Traditionally, the fireplace is the central feature of the living room, with its statement design, decoration, and dancing embers that warm up the surrounding space and everyone in it.
If you don't have a working fire or chimney in your home but are still seeking to create that fireplace focal point, then you should try installing a fake wall fireplace. You can use this sizable nook to make a dramatic statement and bring a new level of ambiance to your living area.
You could peel off the plaster at the back of the faux fireplace to create a modern, exposed red-brick design for an industrial home. You can also splatter those bricks with white paint to produce an unfinished, rustic-style centerpiece for a country farmhouse.
You may decide to knock through the firebox opening to create more space under the mantel shelf. Once you've done this, you can fill this quaint alcove with a selection of your favorite books or records. You should also be able to fit a record player in that space. Most fireplace models feature Cool Touch technology and ventilation to prevent the area behind the unit from sustaining damage.
A fake fireplace wall mantle can also serve as temporary, seasonal decor. Choose a model with a black or distressed finish, decorated with pumpkins of different sizes for Halloween or Thanksgiving. A unit with ornate crown molding and carved details finished in a rich wood tone is ideal for dressing with fir garlands and stockings for Christmas.
You could even turn this fake wall fireplace into a mini-bar area with a retro drinks trolley and ice bucket. If you're a fan of fine wines and French Country-style interior design, invest in a classy, hardwood wine rack and fit it into the large fireplace compartment. Guests will feel like they're in a stonewalled wine cellar in Provence.