I have come across many a home in real life and on the web with non-functioning or even fake fireplaces. Sometimes when they are old and don’t work it seems unclear as to what to do with them or how to “dress” them. Other times if you have a faux fireplace, the same conundrum exists, so here are some photos I’ve found with some creative solutions, I hope this gives you great ideas and inspiration :)
A simple sculptural piece added to this elegant non-functioning fireplace coordinates beautifully with the ornate style of the fireplace surround and facing. The key here is the similar styles working together, not being distracting or taking away from one another.
Pottery, plants, candles are some objects that are easy to deal with and will work in most fireplace set ups, just choose what suits you the best, feel free to play around with things you already have in your home to give you more possibilities.
Fireplace screens can be another option, but I would steer away from the thin, swirly wrought iron ones. Basically, the screens that have more “weight” to them would be more suitable for non-functioning and faux fireplaces because they add more depth and visual drama—which is good :)
If you want the look of flames and perhaps a little bit of heat, there are some options, the most popular thing now-a-days is the ethanol burning fireplaces (they don’t emit smoke).
And remember, you can also go “double duty” and turn it into a bookcase or another storage compartment. I haven’t seen any that I like in that realm so far, but I think it can be done, maybe you can be the first to pull it off and don’t forget to send photos :)