The warm glow and heat from a fireplace on a cold night doesn’t just look beautiful, it creates a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere in any home. Fireplaces make great gathering spots and friends and family love to relax around the fire in the evenings, to chat, play games, or watch a movie.
Many new homes have a fireplace included in the design, and these can be located in dining rooms, kitchen/family rooms, main bedroom suites and outdoor living areas.
Choosing the right fireplace design and type is key to ensuring it enhances your decor. The heating functionality and the overall aesthetic are both important.
First you’ll have to decide what type of fireplace is right for you and your family. Is it a main source of heat or will it be used for decorative reasons? What kind of fuel – electric, gas or wood – do you prefer?
more compact and are a good choice for smaller rooms.
If you are planning to have a wood-burning fireplace then construction materials are critical. Brick designs are the most common because they won’t show smoke stains. Another common material is stone, including limestone, marble or slate, and ceramic tile. Many homeowners are using stone veneer to reduce the cost of the masonry. You can also buy reproduction designs to match room styles in older homes.
As shown in the gallery above, there are many contemporary designs to choose from in modern wood-burning fireplaces. The pictured hanging wood fireplaces are available at Australian fireplace specialists such as Pivot Store and Oblica.