Things to Do With a Fireplace in Summertime

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at 10:17am.

Fireplaces are wonderful things that can bring a lot of warmth and beauty to a home in the winter. But once the weather gets far too warm for an inside fire, and many of us move to outdoor fires to enjoy the summer months, our indoor fireplaces can often become eyesores. The trick to getting the perfect year-round fireplace is knowing how to decorate it for the summer. Here are just a few ideas for how you can make your fireplace a talking point all year round.

1. Spice Things Up with Scents

Fireplaces are one of the safest places in your home to have candles for one very simple reason: they are already designed to house fires. And while the hot flames of a proper fire may not be in your best interest when the summer heat is already filling your home, you could instead use the space to fill your home with great smells. By putting some nice candles with minimal stands into your fireplace, you can spread some great scents throughout your home, all while worrying less about something happening to your home.

2. Make it a Nature Spot

Summer is a great time to get back in touch with nature. Since Edmonton is so cold for much of the year, the few months of genuine plant growth and gardening opportunities should be treasured and adored. That is why many people love to turn their fireplaces into mini gardens during the summertime. It not only lets you bring a little bit of nature indoors, but it can give your home a garden-fresh smell, too!

3. Load it with Firewood

You can think of this idea as a variation on the previous, but instead of putting in live plants to grow, you stack cut wood that’s meant for the fire. Artfully stacking firewood in your fireplace during the summer actually serves a couple of different purposes. First, it looks great and offers a delightful wood smell for your home. Second, the space where your firewood is usually kept outdoors can now be dedicated to usable outdoor space. Think of it as giving yourself an opportunity to make some space. And, come winter time, you’ll already have some firewood ready to go for when you want to curl up next to the fireplace.

Fireplaces are wonderful spots that are the hallmark of a great winter experience. But in the summer, they can often be left as eyesores in your home. This doesn’t have to be the case, though, if you decide to turn your fireplace into an opportunity. By installing some live garden plants, stacking firewood, or even putting in a few candles, your fireplace can look good all year round.

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