Make Your Living Room Cosy This Winter with a Fireplace
Thursday, 14 November 2019

 With winter finally here, it is time to keep your home warm and fortify it against the icy cold. Although some homes have radiators, installing the time-honoured fireplace in your living room will create a different, cosier feel whilst giving it a polished finish. Below, we look at the different types of fireplaces and the many benefits of having one in your home.

Types of Fireplaces

There are different kinds of fireplaces from which to choose, making these features suitable for any home.

Fuel Types

In terms of fueling type, there are fireplaces that are wood-burning, electric, or gas. Whilst the wood-burning types giving an old-fashioned charm, other fuel types can still attain a cosy feel. An increasingly popular option is the electric fireplace as a living room accent. These tend to be more cost and energy-efficient than wood-burning or gas counterparts.

Aesthetic Styles

Fireplaces are the focal point of a living room. They complement the theme of the living room, so it's important to choose a style that blends with your current interior design.

Modern fireplaces are often glossy with chrome finishes and effective metals. Traditional fireplaces made of brick or stone are more common.

Minimalistic fireplaces are more functional than fashionable. Their primary aim is to produce as much heat as possible in the tiniest space possible. They are typically wall-mounted to heat the room effectively.

From its calm scenery to its enriched interior design, there are many ways that a fireplace would set the mood for your living room, as detailed below.

Brings Calm to Your Living Room

Fireplaces not only generate heat, but they also can make you feel relaxed as you watch your favourite movie or read your favourite novel. Scientists have found that relaxing by the fire improves your blood pressure. A fireplace will help you unwind as you put aside any stresses of the day. If you don't fancy the light from a lightbulb, the fire's light can give you the gentle flicker of light you desire.

Helps You to Achieve Your Desirable Look

The age-old fireplace can take you out of the modern world. The traditional elegance of the hearth and mantel gives you a taste of a typical living room, hundreds of years earlier.

Even if you are not looking for a vintage look, there are many styles that can give your living room a modern feel. Modern indoor fireplaces are available in a range of shapes, materials, and sizes. The lining is usually made out of marble, stone, stainless steel and iron. From authentic logs to charming grates, there is a wide selection of fire designs from which to choose.

The wall where the mantlepiece is situated is crucial to the theme of your living room. You would want, therefore, to give extra consideration when deciding which colour to use for that wall. The typical width of the wall would allow you to place a picture or mirror above the fireplace. This decorative choice can have a strong bearing on the room's atmosphere.

Creates a Charming Setting

There is nothing more romantic on a frosty evening than to have dinner with your loved one by the fire. Whether it is just you as a couple or you have a family, a fireplace would set the scene nicely as you enjoy your dinner with your favourite wine.

Adds Value to Your Home

A 2013 survey by the National Association of REALTORS revealed that fireplaces were amongst the most-preferred factors sought by homebuyers for their ideal home. Almost 40 percent of its participants disclosed that they would pay extra for a house with at least one fireplace. Besides the above benefits mentioned, a fireplace would increase your home's monetary value.

With so many benefits and the cosy charm that fireplaces can bring, there's no reason not to install one today. It's an investment not only for winter but dozens of cosy moments with your loved ones by the fire.
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