The fireplace has long been a central location in the home where the family would gather around to enjoy warmth and company. Fireplaces have been used to cook food and to dry clothing and also to provide heating throughout the home. Although these practical purposes have been taken over by modern appliances and central heating, people still love the comfort and atmosphere of having a fireplace in their home.
Fireplaces have also had a role in many famous fictional stories throughout the years. Santa Claus comes down the chimney in many tales and in Mary Poppins the chimney sweeps perform a rousing dance number on rooftops! Here are some other examples of fireplaces in fiction:
Fireplaces play a big role as plot devices in the Harry Potter series. Most notably is the Floo Network, which is a mode of transportation that the characters in the wizard world use to get from place to place. Many fireplaces are connected together and to travel in this way all you need to do is throw some “Floo Powder” into the fireplace and speak the name of your desired fireplace you wish to arrive at while standing in the magic flames.
Lord of the Rings
A fireplace has an important scene in the fantasy series Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. In the first book of the series, Gandalf the wizard discovers that Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, has been holding on to a ring that he stole from Gollum for many years. Gandalf suspects that the ring is actually the “One Ring”, a very powerful and dangerous piece of jewellery to hang on to indeed! In order to find out, he casts the ring into the fireplace. When he takes it out, the glowing inscription on it can be seen, confirming his suspicions.
Fireplaces have also been used as plot elements in science fiction such as “Dr. Who” for example. In the fourth episode of the second series entitled “The Girl in the Fireplace” The Doctor finds an 18th century fireplace within the TARDIS. When they look through to the other side they find a bedroom of a young girl in Paris in 1727. The fireplace represents a “hole in the universe” creating a magic door through time. This allows the doctor to travel back to 18th century Paris and interact with the young girl, who grows up to be Madame de Pompadour.
These are just a few examples of fireplaces being used in fiction. Can you think of anymore?
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Often when it comes to redecorating our home we focus on wall color, sofa fabrics and flooring and it is often the case that lighting gets left on the back bench. Lighting however can bring all of those long thought about elements together and will determine the overall atmosphere of a room.
There are so many different styles and types of lighting that it is important that you select your lighting carefully to fit in with the interior style and ensure it brings out the best. Lighting is also important in creating a desired atmosphere.
Here are some different types of lighting that will set the atmosphere in the rooms in your home.
Lamps are a great way to add additional lighting in your home. Often we have dark corners that ceiling lights don’t reach and lamps will light up. Lamps are also great for places where you may read or do puzzles.
There are different forms of designer lamps and thousands of different styles to choose from. Table lamps work particularly well on a bedside table or in a hallway and tall standing lamps will work great in the corner of the lounge. What is great about lamps is that you can buy different shades to fit them so you can move the lamp into a different room if need be and change the shade to match the interior décor of that room.
Spot lights are great in kitchens and in bathrooms and work well in modern homes rather than traditional ones. Because spot lights are placed all over the ceiling they will light up all areas of a room brightly. When spotlights are used in a bedroom or lounge you may want to add a dimmer switch because the light from spotlights can be bright.
Spot lights are great forms of designer lights and also work particularly well under kitchen cupboards and in the floor around the fireplace. They are a great way of adding permanent lighting to your rooms.
Not only are wall lights great for inside the home they are also great for the exterior of your property. Hanging lantern lights either side of your front door will not only light it up in darkness but will also act as additional security to your home.
Add the glam factor to the rooms in your home with chandeliers. There are loads of different chandeliers on the market all of different shapes and sizes. There are traditional drop chandeliers made from glass or crystal or there are more angular chandeliers available.
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A b-vent fireplace uses a vent configuration that takes in air for combustion from the home and vents combusted products outside the home. B-vent fireplaces are also known as natural vent fireplaces.
B-vent fireplaces are designed primarily for decorative use. They often produce a larger and more realistic yellow flame.
B-vent fireplaces use room air for combustion and vent fumes through a vent or chimney that must terminate vertically above the roof line.
The key to determining whether a b-vent fireplace will meet your needs is to check the manufacturer’s listed efficiency rating. Efficient, heater-rated b-vent fireplaces do exist, though there are also many lower quality “builder-grade” fireplaces that have no efficiency rating and do not supply substantial heat.
If you live in a warmer climate and want the aesthetics of a fire without much heat, this might be the appliance for you. Bedrooms and smaller rooms might also be good candidates, but please check building codes to see if this class of fireplace is approved in your locality or for installation in the room where you’d like to use it. Local/national codes in some areas prohibit the use of b-vent rated appliances, especially in colder climates.
Be aware that very air tight houses (most newer homes) can cause performance problems with b-vent rated fireplaces and other appliances, so please consult an experienced fireplace installer (877-669-4669) who can advise you on the proper installation and use you are considering.
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