What do you think about faux fireplaces?
I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit lately because unfortunately, the house doesn’t have a fireplace. We might add one when we tackle our major remodel in a few years (more on that plan soon!), but for now, there’s a place in the living room that just seems perfect for a fireplace.
But since I really don’t like the look of those vent-free numbers that you can buy from Home Depot and Lowe’s, and I’m really not concerned with actually being able to use the fireplace (I really just want a pretty mantle), I’ve been considering a completely faux fireplace. As in, one that very obviously isn’t a real fireplace, but lends all of the architectural detail that a real fireplace does to a room.
My favorite faux fireplace of all time has to be this one from Sophia’s.
The style of the actual mantel isn’t quite what I would want, but the chalk drawing of the bricks, logs, and fire have clearly been done by someone with artistic talent. I love that it’s not trying to fool anyone into thinking that it’s a real, working, wood-burning fireplace (which is my problem with the ones from Home Depot…they try, and fail, in my opinion). It’s quirky, eye-catching, and artistic.
Another option is simply to use the mantel as an architectural detail, and leave the opening completely open, like this one from Dreamy Whites.
And then, of course, there are the old standbys for filling fireplaces (both functioning and faux) like plants and candles.
As far as my own personal style, I’ve always loved Kevin and Layla’s fireplace in their first home.
And I also love the added shimmer of the tile on the one that they did in their HGTV room.
If I could create something that looks like those, adds the architectural detail to the room, but doesn’t look like it’s actually trying too hard to trick people into thinking it’s a real fireplace, I think I’d be happy with it.
So what are your thoughts on faux fireplaces. Do you like the architectural detail a mantel adds to a room even if there’s no fireplace? Do you think a room with no functioning fireplace should be left mantel-less? Are you like me, and you like a faux fireplace as long as it’s not trying too hard to look real?