With spring and summer rolling into the streets after a long, chilly winter, the woolens find their way back to the cozy corners of the wardrobe, spring cleaning sets in and the welcoming fireplace goes on a hibernation.
The fireplace is one of the masterpieces of the house and makes up for a beautiful piece of home décor. And it would be a bad idea to keep ignoring it all summer when it enhance the accent of your house a good deal instead of just sitting there quietly. You know your fireplace deserves that.
But the problem with the British summer is that you never know how quickly it might end. We obviously wouldn’t be surprised if you would need to resort back to the crackling fire by August. However, assuming that a long summer awaits us, your fireplace deserves extra attention.
We have a few ideas for you.
Clean up your fireplace
First things first, shake out the soot, creosote, and dust from the insides of your fireplace. With winter out the window, the crackling fire residues need to be gone too. If you feel too lazy to do that, there are people who can clean the fireplace for you. Efficient chimney sweeps can do more than clean up the soot from your fireplace, they would also inspect your fireplace and chimney for you. All you need to do is search for the nearest chimney sweep, give them a call, sit back, and watch the beauty of your fireplace unravel in front of you.
A good cleaning up will lay the context of taking the decoration to the next level. A sooty fireplace wouldn’t do much for the decorative effect you would like to achieve. However, if you would like to do the cleaning of the fireplace yourself, then you would need to keep a few things in mind:
- Do not forget to remove the soot deposits from the firebox.
- Once you have removed the ashes and the debris, start with cleaning the fireplace face, hearth, sides, and the top.
- Bleach can cause drastic effects to a stone fireplace causing the stones to fade.
How about some decorations?
Why let that beautiful piece of hearth go to waste when you can put some amazing decoration to it? This is where you would need to put on your creativity cap and get thinking. You can put the following ideas to use:
- Firewood is a very logical way of keeping your fireplace occupied. Stacking up your fireplace with leftover wood is one of the best ways to bring in the summer home. This way the wood will get have sufficient time for seasoning and would also not be at risk of getting soaked in the rain.
- Are you a bookworm? Does the idea of having a do-it-yourself bookshelf been at the top of the list of things you want? Your fireplace can be the perfect place for a bookshelf. All you would need to do is stack up some nice wood panels and you are good to go.
- Who doesn’t love the idea of bringing in flowers for a summery feeling in the house? You can consider decorating the place with flower vases to usher in the summer.
- If you are the type of person who does not want the hassle of flowers, then you can consider putting up some artwork, paintings, or photographs to make the zone attractive.
- If it is the fire you still miss, then lighting a few candles in the fireplace can be a pretty good substitute. You can quickly switch to an ornate candelabra on special occasions.
- You can put in a mirror on the fireplace to make your room look bigger.
Having said that, if you would like to do away with any trouble of making your fireplace the center of attention in summer, then hiding it could also be something to consider. You can paint a pretty picture on a divider and place it in front of the fireplace to bring in a little zing to the room.
There can be numerous ways to decorate your fireplace. A little splash of innovative ideas can go a long way in enhancing the beauty of your home and fireplaces can work wonders in this. So head out for some creative shopping or gather in a few bric-a-bracs from around the house to welcome a refreshing summer.