Now that the warmer weather of spring is approaching, you may be wondering what to do with your fireplace over the next two seasons of the year. Once you have cleaned it up after your last fire of the winter, you might be thinking of ways to decorate this area to keep it from looking like a dark and empty space in the middle of your family room. If you need some inspiration for sprucing up the decor of your fireplace for spring, Ashbusters has some ideas to help you decorate it while it is not in use. We hope that these suggestions will give you some options that can help you decide on a design plan for your fireplace this spring.
Before Your Start Decorating
To get your fireplace ready to decorate, you need to take care of a couple of maintenance tasks before you can begin sprucing it up for spring. First, you need to safely remove the ashes from the firebox. Wait at least 36 hours after your last fire, scoop the ashes into a lidded metal bucket, and place the bucket outside for a few days before disposing the ashes into your outdoor trash container. Next, you should contact us at Ashbusters to schedule an appointment for your annual professional chimney sweeping and inspection. This is necessary to ensure there is no damage that could cause your chimney to leak or to be unsafe to use in the fall.
Use Plants to Add a Touch of Nature
If your fireplace is in an area of your home that gets a fair amount of sunlight during the day, you can fill its empty space with plants. Real Simple recommends that you shop for about a dozen low-light plants, such as ferns and mosses, to place in different shapes and sizes of terracotta pots. To arrange these plants, you can vary the heights by placing a few on a stool, stump, or an overturned pot inside the fireplace. Stagger the other plants around the elevated plants, and don’t be afraid of leaving some blank spaces as you are setting up your spring fireplace garden.
Bring Extra Light Into the Room
Although you can easily do this spring fireplace decor idea by wrapping several strands of lights around a dark rubber ball to place inside its opening, filling the frame of the fireplace opening with a mirror can give you a stylish and unique look without a lot of effort. Have a local glass cutter or framer cut a piece of mirror to the exact dimensions of your fireplace, and adhere the mirror with heavy-duty double-faced tape to the bottom of a large crate that is placed inside the fireplace opening. You can also get this look by leaning a large framed mirror against the hearth.
Spruce up your fireplace for spring! Contact us today at Ashbusters to schedule an appointment for our professional chimney maintenance services to get your hearth area ready to decorate.