About Time: You Made Your Home Cozy with a FireplaceBy Angelica Malin
There can be little argument that fireplaces make for a cosier home. There is something hypnotic about the naked flame and families like to gather around them on long cold nights. Recently, both gas fireplaces and wood fireplaces have been given a modern slant and design. This has led to the development of fireplaces that look amazing in both a modern or traditional home.
With this in mind let’s look at some inspirational tips to get the most from your fireplace.
Make the fireplace your new centrepiece
Fireplaces draw the eye and as such it makes sense to make them the centrepiece of the room. When you get your fireplace installed, adjust the furniture so you can see the fire as well as the TV. With good use of rugs, cushions and for dark corners, candles, you can create a compelling cosy atmosphere which is what is needed on colder nights.
Fireplaces are great in the day
Many think of fireplaces as being a nighttime instrument of cosiness. This is true but they also can create warm snug feelings in the day too. By lighting your fire in the morning you can experience the benefits of a delightfully warm room throughout the day. This makes the living room a great place for the family at the start of the day as well as at the end of it.
Wood fireplaces require a little more work as they need to be cleaned out before being stocked up with wood and lit. That said they are the most authentic fireplace you can get and cleaning it out is a simple affair and doesn’t take very long. Cutting the wood for the fireplace is also very therapeutic and takes us back to times when there was no central heating and burning wood was essential for warmth.
Gas Fireplaces are a straight forward on and off affair, and as such do not have quite the same authentic feel. That said, thanks to clever designs gas fireplaces still give the same cosy feel of their wood counterparts. Sometimes, people mistake a gas fireplace for a wooden one. They also have the advantage of not needing to be cleaned out after use. You just switch it on and enjoy the gas-fired naked flame.
Designs of fireplaces can be for the contemporary home as well as the traditional. New designs are now on the market and they are sleek affairs and bring a lot of character to a room. Choice also extends to a Victorian style of fireplace for the more traditional home. They come in a range of colours and you can choose one to suit your colour scheme.
As such, there is a design for your home. Take your time and choose the one you like.
Make cosiness a thing
With the cosy vibes flooding the room it is a good idea to have a family night or two. Think boardgames, book readings and movie nights. This brings the family together and makes bonds stronger. The family bond is often cited as being lost. Fireplaces can help repair this and you give your children a better upbringing.
Ramp up the cosiness
To make your home even cosier ensure you have plenty of cushions, throws, and rugs. You may want to throw in a beanbag or two. All of these things add to the cosy vibe and give you a sense of wellbeing.
You can rotate your rugs and throws colour wise to keep a fresh feel to the room.
Fireplaces in other rooms
Most people think of fireplaces as being in one room. This does not have to be the case and they are great in other rooms such as kitchens, dining rooms, and bedrooms. The vibe of the room may be slightly different but feelings of warmth transcend any room. Dining rooms in particular benefit from a fireplace especially when the night calls for thick stews or soup.
Insulate your home
Home insulation is essential for a number of reasons. It keeps you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Many state that it is important for fighting climate change and your energy bills will be cheaper.
It also helps to maximise the heat you receive from your fireplace. Get your home insulated so you can get all these benefits and feel that little bit warmer when snow is falling outside.
Sell your home faster
Fireplaces draw the eye and you may find that people interested in buying your home will be drawn to it. This is one of the many reasons a professional should install your fireplace and you buy from a reputable retailer.
If you are unsure of what fireplace you should get speak to good retailers. They are experienced and will be able to help you choose the right one for your home.