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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Fireplace Trends to Warm Your Home

During the holiday season, the idea of cozying up to a fire in your living room is inviting. While fireplaces are no longer as popular as they were decades ago, countless new design trends modernize the feature and can change its function (without compromising your comfort).

While fireplaces from the last hundred years or so center around a traditional design with a hearth, there’s so much more you can do today with gas and electric technology. There’s no need to stick with brick facades; you can use new materials like tile, stone, and even metal if it can stand up to the heat of the fireplace. As we gather around our fireplaces this winter, let’s take some time to think about these modern fireplace design trends:

TV or Art Above the Fireplace

In the past, the fireplace was the central element of the room, and the heat output didn’t allow owners to use the space around it. With a modern gas fireplace, you can safely place a flat screen TV or beautiful art above the fireplace. This new technology allows you to use more space on the fireplace wall, creating a multi-function vertical space.

Frameless Fireplaces

If you’re installing a new gas fireplace, it’s likely to be frameless, which creates clean, modern lines, providing an uninterrupted view of your fire. With a frameless fireplace, you can finish the wall with almost any material, including wood, wallpaper, and more.

Unusual Material Choices

While almost all fireplaces of the past were made with bricks to withstand the heat of wood fires, gas and electric fireplaces enable much creativity with the material. Designers have experimented with everything from marble to aluminum and copper. Your fireplace is your canvas, and it no longer needs to sit at floor level. With frameless designs, you can center a fireplace in tile or create a new stone façade. The options are endless.

Updates that Add Functionality

When you have an older wood-burning fireplace, you can still update it with some of these modern trends. Adding a tile overlay to the brick can modernize the look of an older fireplace, while replacing the mantle with reclaimed wood can create a rustic look. It’s even possible to create built-ins surrounding the fireplace to store books, your TV, and other items. Instead of dedicating an entire wall to your fireplace, make the most of the wall’s storage space.

With these new fireplace trends, you can transform your living or family room into the place where your whole family wants to gather during the winter months. Discuss remodeling your fireplace with a contractor and get started creating a beautiful entertaining space today.

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