Most people love to work on improving their homes constantly, especially if they can’t afford to do it all at once. Perhaps it’s even better this way, because you get to look at and observe spaces for a longer time and get some really great ideas for decorating them. One of the most special elements of a home – though not all homes have one – is the fireplace. It gives your home that cozy and welcoming feel and gathers all the family around it during cold winter nights or rainy afternoons. This is why we’ve decided to write an article to give you fireplace ideas for your home.
First of all, you need to know that you can still have a fireplace, even if your home is not provided with a chimney; besides the fact that you can have a fake fireplace installed, you can also opt for electrical fireplaces which, though they cannot accommodate real fire, will produce heat and even imitate fire flames with certain models. As you can see, there already are some fireplace ideas for you if you really want one in your home. If you are in the process of building a home, you can ask your architect to include a fireplace in the plans.
Most fireplace ideas are for the living room, because this is the most popular common space that all the family gathers in; yet this doesn’t have to mean that you can only have a fireplace in the living room, you can have one in the bedroom, in the kitchen, and even on he outdoor patio if you like. However, you need to know that most fireplaces require constant maintenance, especially if they are traditional, firewood ones. The chimney can get clogged with soot after months of use, so you will need to hire someone to clean it for you, otherwise you risk smoking the entire house or, even worse, provoke arson.
The classical fireplace ideas that we also see most often in movies are those where the fireplace is situated in the middle of the wall that faces the living area, but if your home doesn’t allow it, you can be more original and have it built in one of the corners of the room. Moreover, this will allow the builders perhaps more freedom in building a chimney which can run on the outer wall, instead of being incorporated inside the house. Whether you want them to have a mantelpiece or to be embedded in the wall, made from plaster or cast in iron, indoor or outdoor, fireplaces are a great addition to making your house truly a home.
As far as the decorations go, the fireplace is not just decorated during the Christmas holidays. There are a lot of mantel decorating ideas that you can apply to your fireplace. Furthermore, these decorations don’t have to be expensive. For example, on diy home decorations blogs, you can find a lot of inspiration for mantel wreaths which you can make either with natural flowers or with fabric flowers. The wreaths can also be decorated with other craft supplies such as buttons, paper flowers and so on. A lot of diy home decorations involve using rustic supplies such as twine, wood and stones. These natural ingredients will give your house homey feeling. Furthermore, they are very suitable for the overall rustic look of the fireplace.