Several centuries ago, fireplaces were almost the only source of heating in the house. Today they are installed more often in order to create a serene atmosphere of comfort and luxury in the home. Even a simply decorated compact house looks more presentable thanks to the fireplace.
The main advantage of modern fireplaces is that they can be varied. If in ancient times only stone was used for their construction, now they use brick, marble, drywall, granite, sandstone, concrete and other materials. It is customary to decorate fireplaces in accordance with the general style of the room..
In the understanding of the vast majority of people, a fireplace is a dimensional structure that can be installed only if square meters allow. The current state of affairs completely destroys the established stereotype.
Modern fireplaces fit harmoniously even into the limited space of a one-room apartment. They are wall-mounted, used as bookshelves or stands, and sometimes they are not at all striking, resembling a porthole or a niche for an aquarium..
In medium-sized houses, island fireplaces are usually installed. They do not adjoin the wall space and can be mounted in any convenient place, even if it is in the middle of the room. Sometimes such fireplaces do not even adjoin the floor space and are mounted to the ceiling – they are called suspended.
Corner fireplaces are the optimal solution for those who value every square meter of living space. Such structures do not need to allocate a special place for their installation, because each room has at least four corners.
For large houses, completely different designs are intended. Mantel shelves protruding from the wall occupy the central part of the interior and, ideally, completely repeat the stylistic design of the room. These fireplaces perfectly emphasize the majesty of the room and hide excess space..
Decorating: classics and modernity
Fireplaces of the new generation amaze with a variety of forms, but the design of fireplace structures is no less surprising. Thanks to the abundance of finishing materials, the fireplace today can be adapted to any stylistic direction in the interior..
Let’s consider the most relevant solutions:
- Classic. Houses decorated in this style are never cluttered with unnecessary details. Functional pieces of furniture, stylish interior elements, pastel colors and maximum free space. A good old stone fireplace fits perfectly into such an atmosphere. It can be artificially aged, which will add color to the interior..
- Modern. In such an interior, unusual pieces of furniture and decorative elements are appropriate. Oval tables, stylish designer chandeliers, panoramic windows and lots of light. Ideal conditions for an island or hanging fireplace.
- Country style. The abundance of wood and other natural individual materials is the main feature of modern country. In this setting, a full-fledged fireplace with a chimney made of marble or brick will look good..
- English style. This is minimalism at its best. Ideal conditions for pragmatic people who love comfort and tranquility. Built-in fireplaces, as well as corner ones, will look good in this atmosphere. Finishing can be any, but the main thing is not to get out of the general style.
- Greek style. Intricate pieces of furniture, natural materials in the finishes, good lighting and discreet colors. In such an atmosphere, a fireplace trimmed with plastic or natural stone looks acceptable..
- Hi-tech style. This is the personification of modernity. The best in terms of functionality furniture and appliances, innovative finishing materials in the form of steel and glass, and always fireproof. The so-called smart homes are usually designed in this style. It is better to install a fireplace in such a house either corner or built-in, so as not to disturb the overall flavor..
Despite the abundance of stylistic trends in the interior, modern people rarely adhere to any one of them. Most often, they combine similar styles, for example, modern and high-tech, classics and English style, and so on. In the case of mixed interiors, it is better to follow the call of the heart and install such fireplaces that seem the most harmonious..
A wall with a mirror is the best place for a fireplace
Many interior design experts advise installing a fireplace in your living room. This advice is quite reasonable, because the living room is the largest area of the dwelling. It is also designed to receive guests, which means that not only residents of the house, but also its visitors can comfortably accommodate near the hearth..
And the most important advice of designers is as follows: if the fireplace is installed against the wall, then it is better to hang a large mirror on it (slightly higher than the fireplace structure). It will reflect the space of the room, making it more spacious and comfortable..
This stylistic solution is often used in home improvement in America. There, a fireplace near the wall with a mirror has already become a classic, and the fireplace inserts themselves are perceived not as an element of luxury, but as an ordinary interior detail, the same as our floor lamp or bedside table..