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Life is moving all the time. And sometimes, our priorities shift along with it.

So, maybe that fireplace we once used all the time is no longer that central to our lifestyles. Or maybe, it’s just too darn hot to use it right now. Maybe you’ve moved into a home with a fireplace and aren’t really the roaring fire type. Or maybe the thing in your current home never worked properly anyway, and who cares?

Whatever the reason, the empty fireplace sometimes presents something of a challenge to us. What do we use it for in an age when we’re trying to make the most of our spaces more than ever? Well, here’s an infographic that sheds some light on a few options, based on a piece we published recently.

Take a look!

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It’s not like we haven’t discovered this before. But, your space belongs to you, including your empty fireplace. Some of the above show some examples of how to take an empty space, and use it to create something eye-catching. A fireplace is traditionally a gathering place, and often a focal point in a living area.

So, if you don’t want to use your fireplace for its primary intended purpose, you could do worse than turning it to a primary purpose of your own choosing. At very least, there are some practical storage ideas to be found there. I love the wine-storage idea, personally! And I think the idea to make your unused fireplace into a staging area for art using sundry items around your house – bottles, pictures, pottery, favorite books, and more – is pretty inspired, too.

But, this is another aspect of 21st century life at home. We gear our spaces to suit our personalities and our passions. That’s what creating a home is all about.

Your ideas

Do you have an empty fireplace?

How do you use it, if not for burning logs?

What ideas do you think should have appeared on the above infographic?

Tell us all about it in the comments section of this post.

Cheers,

Rob.

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Rob Jones

Rob served as Editor-In-Chief of BuildDirect Blog: Life At Home from 2007-2016. He is a writer, Dad, content strategist, and music fan.