Particularly in warm weather, sometimes decorators and home owners prefer to place firewood logs in a fireplace purely as a just-for-looks decorative
arrangement. Here are some simple decorating tricks to consider:
Use birch logs: No other tree has such distinctive bark. The uniquely
textured surface and the handsome white and gray tones of birch bark have long been favorites for just-for-looks fireplaces. Set the birch firewood in a fireplace grate or on the shanks of andirons. Arrange
them as though you were going to light a fire. Only you will know they are there just as fireplace decorating accessories.
End of Logs Display: Select pieces of firewood that have been cleanly
cut at 90 degree angles. Then fill the fireplace with logs so only the round ends of the logs face out into the room. Carefully align them so the ends all come out to the same place,
so the ends create a solid plane. You can select logs all of the same diameter for a very structured appearance or logs of different diameters, as shown here, for a more casual
look. Fill the fireplace at least two-thirds full, but many like it completely full. Experiment to see
which log arrangement you like it best.
Split Wood Pyramid. A variation of the display technique described above is to use split firewood and arrange it in a a pyramidal
pile with the ends of the split logs facing into the room. This creates a focal point that is both tidy and dramatic!
Large Log Container: Select a large, attractive basket, tub or other
generously sized container that will work well with the room's style and colors. Fill it with firewood and tuck the firewood-filled container inside the fireplace. Our Classic Copper Treasures Collection
has tubs, buckets, and cauldrons in beautifully hand hammered copper of various sizes and shapes, all of which are stunning when used this way.
If none of these works for your fire-less fireplace, you might want to consider a fireplace candelabra. Available in many different finishes and sizes, fireplace
candelabra not only fill that black hole of an empty fireplace, but they also put a bit of fire back into the fireplace each time the candles are lit.