Fireplaces could make anywhere feel cozy and warm, but especially your home. There’s nothing better than sitting down in front of the fire snuggled under a blanket, but if you need a better reason than that to invest in a fireplace then they also add value to your home. Fireplaces are a great accessory and you can find one to fit with any house, no matter the style or decor. Fireplaces are great for relaxing and spending time with the family. One of the main things to think about when making this investment is: where is a suitable place to position your fire in your home?
When choosing the area for your fireplace you have to consider how you want it to contribute to the overall look of your house – whether you want it to be a statement piece or a background accessory. Measure the space that you have available and get an idea of how big you’d like your fireplace to be, also consider the design and style that you’d like and whether this will fit with the current style of your house. You then have to decide on the type of fire that you desire, you may choose a gas fire and electric fire or even a wood burning fire.
A lot of people will prefer the idea of a wood burning fire as it gives a more traditional look to a home, however many companies now offer fireplaces that are identical to real wood burning stoves but they’re actually gas. These are great for those of you who would love a real fire but you either don’t want the mess of the builders or can’t afford it.
You should choose a fireplace that compliments the furniture and decoration of the room; this will help you fully appreciate the beauty of your new look home. A fireplace that has a large window allows you to enjoy watching the flames at play while basking in the heat that is radiated but at the same time, if you have pets or young children you know they’re safe because they cannot touch the fire. It might still be a good idea to have a fire guard though as the window may get hot.
This article was written by George Mills for www.castfireplaces.co.uk, producers of cast iron fireplaces.