Fantastic Fireplaces: Inspirational Ideas
Fireplaces have long been a staple of human homes, serving the dual purpose of providing warmth while adding extra aesthetic appeal to the room. However, what actually constitutes a ‘fireplace’ has changed significantly over the years. Modern fireplaces are far more flexible and dynamic, and if you want to make the most of yours, here are a few ideas you might want to keep in mind…
The standard fireplace contains – as one might expect, given the name – a fire. However, while there are advantages to standard flame-based fireplaces, real fires tend to be more hassle than they are worth. A chimney is required for a real fire, which is restrictive and may make it difficult to – as we will soon discuss in more detail – install a fireplace in any room in the house. What’s more, real fireplaces are also messy – ash will inevitably spread through the room – and can even be potentially dangerous, so it’s no surprise that many homeowners feel that a real fire simply isn’t an option for their home.
Thankfully, there are plenty of alternative options to a real burning fire; gas logs are a great way of providing long-lasting heat to a room, and electric fireplaces can also provide light and heat without the need for a full chimney. If you love the idea of a fireplace but aren’t so keen on the fire, exploring these options is definitely worth considering.
Expand into other rooms
In most homes, there is a single fireplace, which is almost always located in the living room. However, the living-room-based fireplace is a relatively modern innovation; in the past, fireplaces were found throughout the house – a trend you may want to consider reviving.
Fireplaces make an excellent focal point in any room, allowing you to align the furniture in a particular direction and unite the entire design. As we have mentioned above, it’s possible to install fireplaces without needing to install a chimney, so realistically, you can add a fireplace to any room if you want to take advantage of the effortless style – not to mention the additional heat – such a choice can create.
Consider decorative fireplaces
Thus far, we have focused on primarily functional fireplaces that provide heat and light, but it would be remiss not to mention that fireplaces do not necessarily need to be functional at all. Decorative fireplaces have become more popular over recent years, with homeowners essentially using the mantel piece to host candles, floral displays, or picture frames.
While decorative fireplaces cannot be relied on for heat, they do make a lovely feature in any room, and you could always consider adding logs or an electric heater in future if you fancy a change.
Modern fireplaces can effectively be anything that you want them to be, so whether you want to make the most of an existing fireplace or even add new fireplaces to any room in your house, the tips above should help you meet the twin goals of design and function with ease.