Fireplaces are funny. A lot of people go out of their way to find homes that have them, but then after just a few uses, they start to ignore the fireplace and use it just as a place to line their tchotchkes and knick knacks. This is a huge waste! If you have a fireplace in your home, then you probably know how lovely it is to use it. In the winter, you can snuggle up on the couch in front of your fireplace, just you, a mug of hot cocoa, and your favorite book. Or you can invite friends over and gather around it with a bottle of wine. In the summer, enjoying your fireplace can be a perfect way to spend a cold and rainy night. But if your fireplace design is boring, then you are going to start ignoring the fireplace. So think of updating its look as not just a financial investment in the value of your home, but also as an investment in your ability to enjoy the home. Below are some traditional and modern interior design fireplace ideas that you can use in your home. Not every idea will work in every space, so choose carefully. There is also a range of budgets to choose from, so don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of money to spend.
The website Impressive Interior Design gives the following warning. “Remember that fireplaces are important interior design elements, and we should keep in mind their usage: to give a beautiful appearance to the room they are placed in and to warm it.”
DESIGN IDEA #1 – Heat up your summer by building an outdoor fireplace or barbeque
Putting in a fireplace outside can be an easy way to automatically make your spring, summer, and fall more fun. It is a built in activity, goes great with food, and can be enjoyed with or without cocktails. Freshouse.net makes the following recommendations though. “Procedures for building a fire are considerably more complex. External dimensions of outdoor fireplaces are different and are a function of the intersection of the chimney.” Therefore, the website, say, “It is advisable to trust the professional so that you can be relaxed in the future and know that everything is okay. It’s nice to pay more place so that you can put everything you need.”
DESIGN IDEA #2 – A brick fireplace is a classic and can’t go wrong.
You are pretty much sure that your fireplace will look beautiful, classic, and perfect in any room if you go with a traditional brick fireplace. HGTV says, “The classic mirror-over-fireplace trick can reflect traditional or modern tastes, depending on which style of mirror you choose.” So be sure to pick out the right mirror or other above-the-mantle to complete the look.
DESIGN IDEA #3 – A stone fireplace can be either rustic or futuristic depending on the rest of the room and the particular fireplace.
Stone fireplaces can be beautiful and unique, multi-colored or singly hued, small or large. They add a special texture because unlike bricks they come in a large variety of shapes and sizes, with every stone different from the next. According to decoist.com, “Stone fireplaces are not just great for the interiors, but current designs and beautifully cut stone ensure that they can be part of patios and rooftops as well. With glass cases, many modern stone fireplaces are now becoming part of even ultra-sleek and futuristic themed living rooms and business settings.”
DESIGN IDEA #4 – Design the wood storage system into the fireplace.
Many people keep their logs hidden away in a trunk, under a tarp outside, or somewhere else out of sight. But this forgets to take advantage of the colors, textures, and scents of natural wood. In a room with rustic décor, this technique works especially well. By displaying the wood, you are often saving space and time, as well as adding a modern edgy angle to an otherwise traditional space.
DESIGN IDEA #5 – Make the investment in a modern concrete outdoor fireplace.
As mentioned above, doing an outdoor fireplace can totally change not just your summer, but your spring and fall as well. (And if it’s not too cold where you live, then the winter too!) Concrete can look modern and edgy and is a great option for people who like that look. There are a lot of color options for concrete and the color you should effect how you decorate around it.