Just as there are many different styles of home design, there are numerous appearances for a hearth and fireplace area within the homes. Newer, more modern homes are sublimely accented with fireplace and hearth designs that have a contemporary flair. Here are some ideas if you’re thinking of adding a fireplace to your home or remodeling an existing hearth area.
The old stone hearth with a big, gaping fireplace is the image a lot of people get when they think of these appliances. But modern technology and design innovation has brought consumers a very wide range of sizes, styles, finishes, functions and surrounds that are anything but old-fashioned. While some modern hearth and fireplace designs call for a bit of construction work and installation effort, others are amazingly simple to install and bring good looks instantly into your home.
Electric fireplaces are the choice of many homeowners today, simply because of how easy they are to install and operate. Plus, the advanced technology that has gone into developing a real fire-like appearance is amazing. Electric fireplaces can be hung on or attached to a wall safely in any room, bringing ambience and warmth.
Think of a clean, slick fireplace design without the mantel. That’s a linear fireplace. They’re great for saving space and matching virtually any existing home décor. Linear fireplaces are built by the top names in the industry and are available in both gas and wood-burning models.
These striking contemporary fireplaces feature a single gas flame for a comforting and beautiful effect. The Tureen Gas Fireplace by Napoleon, for example, is set into a wall and brings the flame up from a stylish ceramic bowl with river rock accents. Not the greatest heating appliance ever made, but perfect for the decorator who demands unique elegance.
Why go to the expense of buying two fireplaces when a single one can do double-duty? The big selection of multi-view and corner fireplaces will do the job, allowing two sections of a room or two separate rooms to enjoy the appearance and warmth of a well-made fireplace.
Trends in fireplaces
The big, traditional wood-burning fireplace is perfect for some consumers, but gas and electric models are really making headway in popularity. Busy lives and hectic schedules demand home heating appliances that are easy to install, easy to use and easy to maintain. Gas, particularly, gives the user the best of every world, with authentic flames, eye-catching log set designs, quick ignition, easier venting than with wood, and very little maintenance.
And when it comes to surrounds and mantels, contemporary designers have created a seemingly endless selection of styles, colors, materials and finishes that make it so easy to create a fireplace and hearth area that enhances the modernistic design of most any newer home. And older homes will also benefit from today’s innovative designs. Take a look, and you won’t have trouble finding exactly what you’re looking for.
Marsh’s Stoves & Fireplaces of Toronto can help you decide on the perfect new fireplace and hearth features for your home. See us at 3322 Dundas Street West, or reach us by phone at (416) 762-4582.