An empty black fireplace can look like a gaping hole in a room. If you can’t enjoy a roaring, blazing fire, then perhaps a few books are the next best thing.
A beautiful old fireplace from a yellow cottage in Arkansas. There is a bit of art to arranging the horizontal books so they can evenly serve as a shelf. Image: Jamie Brandon
This big fireplace in a bookshop on Lark Lane in Liverpool, England even has room for wooden bookshelves. Image: Joni V.B.