Yep….it’s that fireplace time-of-the-year!
With the weather starting to turn chilly, it’s time to turn our attention to fireplaces! There can be quite a lead time on these so, if you are thinking of adding one to your home, now’s the time to get a wriggle on! There are so many options to choose from if you’re thinking of adding a new one, and equally as many suggestions if you already have one! If you have access to gas, then I personally don’t think there’s anything better! It’s so quick to start warming up and so clean AND you can get some that look so much like real fires! When we bought our heritage listed place in Glebe a couple of years ago, we inherited some open hearth fireplaces that had been converted to operate by gas – best thing the previous owner did! I hate cold weather, but love these fires so much, it almost balances out (!).
The great thing about fireplaces is that you can have traditional style or ultra modern – so they can be worked into pretty much any style of home. They’re so flexible – I just love them! And on a cold wintery day or night, what is more inviting than warm flickering light! It transcends the ages, right? OK, might be getting a bit poetic here, but you get where I’m coming from!
Here are some of my favourite finds on (where else?) Pinterest! DO you have a fave?
TVs above fireplaces
Funny thing was that when I was working out the design of our rooms, I wanted to add a tv above the fireplace in the front/living room. I got a tv installer in to give me a quote and he unexpectedly shot down my plans, saying I would be nuts to put the telly up there with all the heat. He then advised me to put the telly on another wall, which left me rather gutted. If I did that, it would’ve completely ruined the layout, symmetry and gorgeousness of the room. SO, I got a second opinion. He was much more to my liking – suffice to say, we put the tv above the fireplace! ANd guess what? The mantle completely protects it from the heat AND it looks bloody fantastic. So, I’m not saying that heat isn’t an issue as it might well be in other rooms/situations. But there’s often a simple solution to roadblocks, right?
In terms of cost of running them, gas fireplaces are not so cheap these days (in SYdney anyway) because the price of gas has gone up so much over the last few years, but you can get more information from your supplier about this if you have any questions. If you have air con, a combo of these two will more than likely provide a great fiscal (& heat-al LOL) balance(!).
Fireplaces as the hero of the room
I worked on a lovely project some time ago where the client added lovely big fireplaces to their home. The rooms and fireplaces were beautifully designed by their architect and they sourced the blue stone from their own property, which gave it a lovely added element to the overall design. I was lucky enough to source furnishings and other items for these rooms and really enjoyed working around the colours in the stone and balancing their texture with other finishes to make the rooms sing. The point of this exercise was that the fireplace was to be a hero of the room, but not the only one! Again, it was about getting a balance for a number of items – and this meant careful consideration of style, proportions, number of elements, palette, textures etc etc. What do you think? Did we get it right?
And then, we moved onto their formal dining room, to which we added a personal and detailed mural (around the walls and ceiling!) and rich orange taffeta curtains….the fireplace was no longer the only focal point of the room, but another interesting element!
Consider an outdoor fireplace too!
You don’t have to keep them to interiors either! There are some wonderful books from the States that feature “outdoor rooms”! I love how they make a whole living room complete with sofas, tables, lamps, rugs and fireplaces – really a roofless room outside!
So where are the 200 pix, I hear you ask? Click here to pop over to my Pinterest boards featuring a wide range of fireplaces!
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Oh, some of my fave resources for fireplaces are: