The secret to making a gas fireplace look authentic lies in the accessories. It is important to remember, that while fireplaces, today, serve a more decorative purpose they were, at one time, the sole source of heating for a home. Therefore, a gas fireplace should appear decorative, yet functional all at the same time. The trick to this set up, is to implement accessories that would otherwise be used for functional purposes, in the role of masking the gas fireplace’s unnatural, working parts.
For example, gas fireplaces typically have a small, valve at their base, which allows for the gas to be turned on and off. Fake foliage, such as special, fireproof sculptures made to look like pinecones, can be placed in front of the valve, both hiding the working part and accessorizing the fireplace at the same time. Gas logs are also essential to the creation of a realistic fireplace. Not only does the presence of logs in your gas fireplace simply make sense, but also they are the key to creating that real fire color. These logs can be bought from a variety of vendors, as can items like the pinecone sculptures.
Be sure to accent your fireplace with glass doors or a screen, again, contributing to its functional and realistic look. Stand-alone screens offer a particularly classic look and come in a variety of styles. A stand, holding items such as a poker, a shovel or a broom can be placed beside the fireplace as well. Though they will not serve any sort of function, they give the appearance that they are there for the purpose of procuring a fire. Finally, small stones should be scattered about the base of the fireplace to further mask the unnatural apparatus. Tiny, black stones, sold alongside other gas fireplace accessories give off a beautiful charred appearance, which is a desirable characteristic for the fake logs as well.