With winter on its way, installing a fireplace may be a great way to keep warm as well as change the design of your interior. When it comes to installing a new fireplace you’ll want to make sure that the fireplace and hearth area you design complement the rest of the room and work for the way you want to use your fireplace. With a few careful decisions, you can make it stand out tastefully.
Wood Vs. Gas: As long as you already have the proper chimney for a wood-burning stove, you have options for what type of fuel you want to use. Both are functional for heating, although a gas fireplace offers more control and can play a big role in your winter heating needs. As long as the gas line is well set up and maintained, gas fireplaces can be quite safe and pose somewhat less of a fire hazard than wood-burning ones. Wood-burning fireplaces need periodic maintenance to keep the chimney clean, as well as watching for cinders while you’re using it. Of course, wood fireplaces can also provide a homier, comforting atmosphere. On the other hand, if you’re going for a more modern feel, a sleeker or more industrial gas insert may fit in well.
Stone Façade or Not: Stone fireplaces tend to make a statement, especially in a smaller room. They often work best as part of a more natural motif, using a warmer yet neutral colour scheme with other shades of brown and grey. If you already have stone or brick that doesn’t work well with your décor but don’t want to replace it with tile, painting it the same colour as the mantel and surround will help it to blend in better—this is also often a good idea for bedroom fireplaces.
Creating a Focal Point: Since the fireplace is such a natural centre of the room, you may want to use it to make a statement. Using black, whether in slate or a more glossy tile, creates a striking effect without being too taste-specific, although if you can pull off a more sparkly or metallic material in the room, don’t be afraid to go for it. To make the fireplace the true focus, you can arrange seating around it, particularly if you plan on using it often.
Creating an art setup: Mantel décor will also help you set a tone. Collections or larger art pieces tend to work well here. For a more casual effect, especially with multiple smaller pictures, try leaning them directly on the mantle instead of hanging. Odd numbers of pictures tend to work well for this. Now that thinner, lighter televisions have become more common, some people like to mount them above the fireplace, but you’ll need to pay attention to the distance and angle from your seating for this to work well.
Once it’s set up the way you want, a working fireplace can be a great asset to your house and to your life there. Regardless of what your style is, there are plenty of ways you can make your fireplace fit in.
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