With a range of designs on offer for both gas and wood, there is a fireplace to suit almost every home. Here are five ideas for a fireplace to warm your heart.
1. Traditional fireplace
Often featured in children’s picture books and romantic movies, there is something truly charming about a traditional open fireplace. And even though it’ll be summer in Australia come Christmas time, you won’t be able to resist hanging your stockings from the mantel on top.
2. Streamline fireplace
An excellent solution for modern homes, a streamline fireplace won’t clash with the rest of your house. Sleek and stylish and often with a glass front, it will also help keep smoke out of the house if you’re still perfecting your fire-making skills.
3. Luxury fireplace
If the budget allows, you might like to explore more unique options when it comes to choosing your fireplace design. From low-set pits with retractable glass casings to fireplaces that hang from the ceiling, there are plenty of designs that can provide extra wow-factor.
4. Double-sided fireplace
Why have one fireplace when you can effectively have two? If your fireplace can be placed between two rooms or areas of the home, it will double the impact and help keep you warm and toasty wherever you decide to snuggle up.
5. Feature wall fireplace
If you’re lucky enough to have a double-height ceiling in your living room, consider stretching the fireplace all the way to the top. Stone and brick look fantastic when used in this way, especially when matched with other materials around the home to achieve a cohesive look.
Things to consider
If you’re opting for a wood fireplace, think about incorporating an area in your design to store chopped timber nearby. It not only looks striking, but is handy when it comes time to light the fire.
Fireplaces must meet Australian standards and may require approval from local authorities. It is also advisable to ask for professional advice when considering buying a fireplace, and have them professionally installed.
Wood smoke contains chemicals that can affect your health, so it’s important to make sure you operate and look after your fireplace properly. Be sure to have it checked once a year and also look out for excessive smoke after every lighting.
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About Tonya Turner
Tonya is a Brisbane-based journalist, feature writer, copywriter and editor. She has worked as a journalist at newspapers across Australia, and now writes about design, architecture, home interiors, food, the Arts and travel.