FIREPLACES: GREAT GATHERING SPOTS

Fireplaces provide heat and light and make a room beautiful

By Pankaj Sabharwal – AffluenceArt

pankaj-styleguruOn a cold winter night there’s nothing like gathering in front of a fire with family and friends. The warmth from a fireplace on a chilly day and the scent of burning wood adds a cozy ambiance to any sized home. Fireplaces make great gathering spots and many families enjoy lounging around it in the evenings to talk or watch television together.

Fireplaces provide heat and light and they make a room look beautiful. That is why it is important to have the right fireplace design for your home.

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Choosing this is the key to ensuring your fireplace is a positive element rather than an eye sore or underutilised element in your home.

Fireplace design ideas vary widely, but no matter what your style, there is a design for you. When picking out your fireplace, there are many things to consider that will limit your choices. You need to make decisions about both the heating functionality of your fireplace and its overall aesthetic.

First you’ll have to decide what type of fireplace is right for you and your family. Will the unit be a source of primary heat or will it be used for decorative purposes? Is ease of use and maintenance a priority? What kind of fuel do you prefer? These questions should help you determine whether you’d like an electric, gas or wood burning fireplace.

Electric fireplaces usually come out of the box, so you do not need to choose construction materials or dimensions. They are typically on the smaller side, making them an excellent choice for smaller rooms.

If you are planning to have a wood-burning fireplace then construction materials are of particular importance. Brick fireplace designs are probably the most common choice, because brick does not show smoke stains. Another common material for fireplace design is stone. There are many varieties of stone fireplaces such as limestone, marble, slate or ceramic tile. Because of cost, most homeowners are using stone veneer.

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If you’ve already decided on a theme for your room, look for a fireplace with complimentary accents like stone, brick, tile and woodworking. If you choose a mantle, it’s a great way to match it to your room’s décor. Accent the mantle with decorative touches like mirrors, statues, flowers or artwork to complement your theme.

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Pankaj is the founder and managing director of Styleguru and can be reached at:
pankaj@style-guru.com