Fireplace Design Ideas For Your Home08 January 2021
After a long day at the studio, especially in the midst of winter, there’s nothing quite like getting home, pouring myself a glass of wine and cosying up by the fireplace. A little quiet time gives me the opportunity to rest and recharge from the hustle and bustle of the day.
Personally, I believe that a fireplace can serve as both a solid source of heating while elegantly brightening up any space as an interior design piece. The list of fireplace style and designs is seemingly endless, depending on your requirements, but certain elements can help narrow your decision. Often, my inspiration for fireplace design comes from travels across the world, visiting various hotels and spa retreats. If you’re looking for fireplace inspiration or looking to upgrade your fireplace, these lovely designs will give you just the spark you’re looking for.
Real Fires: A personal favourite, I have reconstructed this open fireplace, complete with its steel casing, in my home. I’ll admit, the gentle fire of an open fireplace offers a dose of cosy character and charm. Nothing beats the sound of logs crackling, filling the room with both aroma and atmosphere. Open fireplaces offer multi-fuel options, allowing you to burn a mixture of coal and logs.
Gas and Ethanol Fires: The main difference between a gas and ethanol fireplace is the eco-friendly and heat output factor. Ethanol fireplaces are more sustainable than their gas counterparts. While on the other hand, gas fireplaces produce more heat. But both can provide functionality with modern aesthetics as well as the ability to have a bright open affect or a warm cosy vibe.
Wood burners: An effective heat source, wood burners add constant radiant heat and character to a room. These burners are also an alternative to a blazing open fire and also benefit from high heat output to keep your home warm during the winter months. As the wood burns away behind cast-iron casting, a wood burner can be left without constant supervision (provided the flue is checked and cleaned regularly).
Outdoor Fireplace: I like to spruce up an outdoor area with color, texture and other design elements for added luxury and sophistication. A stylish outdoor fireplace is an unbeatable complement to the backyard. Complete with elegant, comfortable seating and dining area, it offers the ultimate winter entertainment experience.
Fire pit: Entertaining friends and family year-round is important to me. In the winter, gathering around the backyard fire pit is a favourite pastime. The sound of fire crackling, smell of roasted marshmallows with a warm drink in hand is true bliss. With plenty of designs and options to choose from, a fire pit might be a good outdoor option to consider.
Bespoke: A bespoke fireplace can also be designed to suit your requirements while incorporating any artful design elements. Here at April Hamilton, we work closely with a team of architectural professionals who are equipped to design and engineer innovative fireplace creations.
No matter your choice of fireplace, remember that each fireplace requires regular servicing. Summer is a great time to embark on fireplace safety and cleaning measures so that you’ll be ready to enjoy your fireplace throughout the winter months.