Deciding to make a change to the living room by adding a fireplace is one of the best things you can ever do. No one can deny the benefits of cozy fires and the ability to provide your family with warmth or fire even if there is no electricity. The appeal and benefits of having a fireplace go beyond just aesthetic appeal or warmth; they also help to reduce energy costs and provide environmentally-friendly heating.
The next step is to choose the right fireplace design for the living room. We recommend going over the items below which can help you narrow down your choices.
- We tend to use our fireplaces for decorative purposes, though others use them for functionality. This is because we identified early on which was more important, so it also helped us narrow down choosing between an electric, direct vent, vent free, or wood stove. Determine what is most important to you and then check out your options here.
- Placing a mirror over the fireplace can exude a traditional atmosphere, which can vary depending on the style of mirror chosen to do the job.
- We understand that a dramatic fireplace can be absolutely glamorous, and we highly recommend using a black slate mantel for this effect.
- One of the best ways to create an earthy look and feel is by using an all stone fireplace with a mantel that goes all the way to the ceiling. We have noticed that using bricks that come in varying gradients of color lend variety and a natural feel to your living room. Look at mantels and more.
- Our team also likes the traditional look, which we can pull off using a marble-tiled surrounding area for the fireplace.
It is also good to note that when it comes to a fireplace design, you must be well-acquainted with the two aspects involved: decorative and functional considerations. When it comes to aesthetics, it is best to be guided by the existing room decoration together with personal preferences. On the other hand, functional considerations are important because they do have an effect on the overall aesthetics. For example, a majority of gas fireplaces do not require a hearth but wood burning stoves do. Clearly this will have an effect on fireplace design, so it is something that should be taken into consideration.