Fireplaces to Inspire Your Home Design
When winter rolls around, there’s something special about curling up next to a warm fireplace with a cozy blanket and some hot cocoa. A beautiful fireplace can truly bring your home design to the next level – providing warmth, style, and an inviting atmosphere all in one. Whether it’s made of stone, brick, marble or modern tile; round-edged or sharp lines; traditional or bespoke – there are so many ways to create stunning fireplaces that compliment any style of dwelling. Here are some creative ideas for integrating fireplaces into your home design this winter!
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Choose a Style for Your Fireplace
When selecting a style for your fireplace, it helps to consider the overall feel of your home. The traditional route can be the perfect classic addition to any room, and may include intricate stone details and rustic features that bring coziness and warmth to the room. If you prefer a more modern or trendy look, try something with a smoother finish that incorporates simpler materials and shapes. For a truly unique vibe, why not go rustic with natural stone textures, reclaimed wood and organic finishes? Choosing a fireplace that complements your decor is sure to add a special touch to your living space.
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Traditional Wood-Burning Fireplace
A traditional wood-burning fireplace is a charming sight that adds both warmth and ambiance to any home. The ambiance created by its dancing flames makes it a pleasure to relax in front of the fireplace on cold evenings. To make the most out of your fireplace experience, you’ll want to make sure that you’re choosing the right wood for burning. Hardwoods like oak, maple, and ash burn longer and create more heat than softer woods like pine or spruce. Of course, safety should always be your first priority with any type of fire. Make sure that any nearby combustible items are moved far out of reach, and inspect your chimney regularly to ensure that it’s clean and clear of debris. With these tips in mind, you can enjoy those cozy nights around the traditional wood-burning fireplace with confidence!
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Modern Gas Fireplace
If you’re looking for a warm, cozy atmosphere and easy maintenance in your home, consider a modern gas fireplace. They come in various shapes and sizes, so you can find an option that fits perfectly into any space. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing with realistic-looking flames, but they also require minimal upkeep compared to traditional fireplaces. They’re designed with convenient features such as adjustable heat settings and have built-in safety features to keep your family safe while enjoying the warmth of a fire without ever needing to start it with firewood or lighter fluid. So go ahead and complete your home’s look with a beautifully crafted gas fireplace!
The comfort and cozy atmosphere of a rustic fireplace can be just the remedy needed to beat your winter blues. Perfect for cooler months and holiday gatherings, these fireplaces lend style and charm to any home, bringing a classic focal point that never goes out of fashion. With an array of stone, brick, or log options, no matter your decorating preference, there is sure to be one that fits the bill. Boasting both efficiency and safety benefits, plus ease-of-use options such as remote lighting for those chilly days when all you want to do is snuggle up beside the fire without having to leave your seat.
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Outdoor fireplaces are a great addition to any outdoor space, providing a warm and safe atmosphere for gathering with family or friends. Whether you prefer traditional open flame designs or those that rely on gas, electric, or propane, there are countless possibilities when it comes to design. Fireplaces can be customized with different materials and stones, and you can focus on features like trellises, fire pits, and more. If you live in a colder climate, there’s no better way to enjoy your outdoor space than by warming up around a beautiful outdoor fireplace. Not only will it create an inviting atmosphere for gatherings but it can also provide safety from outdoor elements. With the right design and materials, your outdoor fireplace will be an investment that brings years of cozy evening warmth.
Tips for Choosing the Right Fireplace for Your Home
Choosing the right fireplace for your home can be an exciting decision – it’s like adding a piece of art to your living room! From traditional or rustic fireplaces with wood logs that set a cozy ambiance, to modern gas or electric options with stylish designs, there are plenty of options available. Consider the style of your existing décor, as well as the space you have available in order to determine which type and size fits best. Rustic styles like stone and brick can add charm to any interior, while sleek electric models might fit more contemporary designs. Whatever you decide, blend warmth and style together to select the perfect fireplace for you and your home.
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Accessorize Your Fireplace
Sprucing up your fireplace? Why not add a few interesting accessories to the mantel for a splash of color and character. Candles provide both practical and decorative benefits, casting a warm ambiance when lit and looking stylish when unlit; vases give you the perfect opportunity to enjoy seasonal flowers in your home; and picture frames can portray memories from special moments in time or artwork from children that will remind you of why it’s great to be home. You can even combine these items – maybe arrange the candles symmetrically on either side of a lovely vase that holds a bouquet of flowers, or group multiple picture frames together for an eclectic look. No matter what method you choose, accessorizing your mantle with decorations is sure to transform your living space into something new!
Create a Focus
Everyone wants to have a cozy place to gather around the fireplace during cold winter months. Adding a rug and furniture in front of the fireplace helps make that dream a reality. Not only does it create an inviting area for your family to sit and relax, but it also helps protect your floors from heat damage caused by the flames. Choosing the right size rug for the space is essential to creating a comfortable atmosphere. Furniture with soft armrests and plush cushions will create an inviting environment for long conversations and stories around the fire. With a little bit of planning, you can turn any cold room into a warm, inviting space perfect for gathering with family or friends.
Add a Touch of Warm and Cozy
Throwing in a few comfy pillows and throws is an easy way to add a welcoming atmosphere to any living area. Choose pillows and throws that help the space come alive with color and texture, complementing features like a cozy fireplace. Our alpaca throws are the perfect option! Handmade in Ecuador by local artisans, these ultra-soft blankets made with blended Alpaca wool, are unlike anything you have ever experienced. Each blanket features unique and vibrant designs adding beauty and color to your winter haven. When layering these accents, don’t be afraid to mix complementary shapes, sizes, fabrics, and textures for an eclectic style sure to make spaces feel inviting yet stylish.
Whether you prefer a traditional wood-burning fireplace, a modern gas fireplace, or an electric one, there are plenty of ways to style it to fit your home. Our team of talented designers are ready to help you make that change. Click here to learn about Elevating Living’s services and consultations. Inspiration for items can be found within our store. Click here to check it out!