Ignite your Fireplace!

Temperatures dipped well below zero last weekend, so I found myself spending A LOT of time sitting in front of my fire. So much so, that I have become a fire stoking master!! There’s something so relaxing and toasty about sitting in front of a crackling fire. I love the way it sounds, the way it glows, the smell and the overall feeling it gives you. Which got me thinking about fireplace designs I love.

Designed by Mandeville Canyon Designs

Designed by Mandeville Canyon Designs

A fireplace is often the focal point in the room. So why is it that oftentimes they are boring and drab? Builders give you the standard mantel and surround, but shouldn’t there be something more? The belle of the ball wouldn’t wear a standard dress, would she? Does this look somewhat familiar?

As seen on themoneypit.com

As seen on themoney-pit.com

Wouldn’t you much rather something like this?

As seen on Lilikoijoy.com

As seen on Lilikoijoy.com

There are a million easy and inexpensive ways to update your fireplace and give it the attention it deserves. I love to draw the eye from the floor to ceiling with some interesting stone or wood treatment. It really packs a punch and makes your fireplace stand out from everyone else’s in the neighborhood.

Check out this before and after from littleredbrickhouse.com

Check out this before and after from littleredbrickhouse.com Wow! What a difference!

No matter what your style is, there is certainly an updated fireplace look that will suit you well and will definitely make your home more “you-nique”!

Modern fireplace as seen on HGTV.com

Modern fireplace as seen on HGTV.com

Shiplap mantel by styleblueprint.com

Shiplap mantel by styleblueprint.com

Rustic mantel as seen on Houzz.com

Rustic mantel as seen on Houzz.com

For many, the question is, where does the TV go if the fireplace is the focal point in the room? In recent years, the trend has been to place the TV above the fireplace. This certainly can work, but if you have the room, I actually prefer to place the TV beside your fireplace.

As seen on Houzz.com

As seen on Houzz.com

It may never have occurred to you to place your TV next to your fireplace, but if you have the room for it, I highly recommend that you give it a try! As a general rule, you want to place your TV 3-4 feet from the floor. Your viewer should not have to look up more than a 15 degree angle.
 
As seen on THX.com

As seen on THX.com

 
Not sure how far back your seating should be? Here’s a general calculation from THX.com; divide the size of your screen by .84 (screen size is measured diagonally). For example, a 65-inch TV divided by .84 equals a 77-inch viewing distance (6.5 feet). The farther back you sit the easier it is, but most people don’t have the luxury of sitting 10 feet back. Luckily, some of the newer screens have a greater viewing angle making it easier to see if you are looking up. A tilt bracket can also help.
As seen on THX.com

As seen on THX.com

 
Of course, some of us don’t have a fireplace in all of the rooms we wish we did. Well, thanks to our friends at Ecosmartfire you can add an energy efficient, clean burning bioethanol fireplace to just about any space. One of my favorite spaces we’ve designed is this master bedroom and bathroom renovation where we added a two-sided Ecosmart fireplace. No matter how you choose to enjoy the fire, either soaking a in a luxurious bath or curled up on your king size bed, you will surely enjoy the warmth and ambiance of the fire.
 
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I also love the look of built-ins. Believe it or not, they can make a room look bigger than it is! The proof is in the picture! Just look at this before and after from Zenshmen.
 
As seen on zenshmen.com

As seen on zenshmen.com

The possibilities are, of course, endless. You can check out our Pinterest board, Fireplace Makeover, for inspiration, or just contact us to explore the possibilities together!