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How to choose the right fireplace for your home

Last modified: 2019/10/31 | Approximate reading time 3 mins

A fireplace situated anywhere in your house makes an impact. It creates an ambiance that adds to the sense of comfort. You can place it in a corner, blend it with the rest of the décor, place it high up on the wall or even on the floor.

While all these options are available to you, you'll need to think of a few crucial aspects. Some of these include the structure of your room or home, type and amount of heating you need, as well as the décor of your place. Below are a few factors to look at before finalizing your choice.

5 things to consider to choose the right fireplace

1. The Styling and Aesthetics of the Home

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Style and aesthetic is a matter of personal choice. However, when you are renovating your house or building a new one, ensure that the fireplace you choose complements the overall style of your house. A designer will suggest a sleek fireplace for a modern-style home and a classic one for a home built around a more traditional style, to add elegance and sophistication to the area.

A wall-mounted fireplace adds style to a modernistic structure, while a traditional fireplace that occupies the floor space in a large living room creates a distinct look.  Regardless of the type of fireplace you opt for, the objective is to make the place warmer, cozier, and welcoming.

2. Consider Your Room’s Layout and Design

When you decide to add a fireplace, think of its utility instead of just how appealing the style is. A few questions you need to ask are:

  • Do I intend to use the fireplace to heat a single room or to cover other connected areas like the bedroom, kitchen, etc ?
  • Can I improve the functionality of this area?
  • Does heat add to the comfort of this area or reduce it?

Look at the placement aspect of the fireplace. If you build it between two rooms, it not only acts as a buffer and demarcation, but enhances the stylishness of the area. While a fireplace adds sophistication to your home, the functionality aspect is important too. It can be designed to blend with the surroundings or stand out among other features in the room.

3. A Mantel Adds Style to Your Room

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A mantel gives definition to the fireplace and its surrounds. There is no shortage of attractive, modern mantels that add a touch of beauty to your room. You can choose from various materials like black granite, wood, micro-marble, and limestone, and they vie with each other to add style to your room.

4. Fireplace Inserts

Inserts are simple units that slide into the fireplace opening.  They are advantageous because they convert an inefficient open hearth heating system into an energy-efficient and heat-efficient one.

5. Your Needs and Preferences

Just as the size of the room is an important aspect, so are your living style and budget. Today, fireplace design ideas vary widely and offer innovative choices. So you can always choose a feature that is right for you and your family.

People who have pets and children in their house should choose a fireplace that doesn’t heat up excessively. For this reason, glass is a safe choice. While budget always remains the underlying factor, an electric fireplace is cost-efficient and is easy to install. Gas and wood-burning fireplaces are additional budget-friendly options.

One of the best ways to get the fireplace of your dreams is to contact experts from We Love Fire. They can guide you on aspects such as placement, design, layout, styling, and fuel choice. When you plan your fireplace well and hire experts like us for the installation, it will enhance the aesthetic and monetary value of your home.

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