The living room is the center of the house, and the fireplace is its heart. Therefore, the presence of a fireplace in the living room will make this room the most comfortable room in the house. It is an improved version of a fire, while retaining the atmosphere of cozy gatherings by a warm hearth.
Fireplace fire can be enjoyed all year round, regardless of the season or weather. In winter you will be warmed by its warmth, and in summer you can enjoy the interior decoration. The fireplace will become a "highlight" of the house and will cause an enthusiastic reaction from your guests.
Wood burning fireplace - the oldest and most traditional type of fireplaces. This classic type is extremely capricious to install and operate. Not every room can be equipped with such a fireplace. The layout of the room should be spacious, and the area, in accordance with fire safety standards, should be at least 20 square meters. Such a “stove” needs constant care: to rake out the ash, clean the chimney, etc. But such a fireplace maintains heat well and gives a natural coziness to the interior.
Electric fireplace is a kind of parody of a wood-burning hearth, but it is much more unpretentious to use, although it is not suitable for daily use. Such devices create the effect of living fire, although they have nothing to do with it, therefore they are absolutely safe to use. An electric fireplace heats well, and the imitation of flame patterns is never repeated. The types of electric fireplaces range from a simple "basket" to a portal. Location is possible wherever there is access to an electrical outlet.
Biofireplace Is a biofuel-fired fireplace. Ethyl alcohol, burned as a fuel, emits natural fire, but does not require a chimney - as a result of combustion, ethyl alcohol turns into carbon dioxide and water. The bio fireplace is often compact in size, very safe to use and can be installed almost anywhere in the living room. The design of such a fireplace is simple; glass and metal are required. It is made in beige, black, white colors.
False fireplace - an unpretentious accessory that absolutely does not require maintenance, but perfectly decorates the room. Most often, such a project is thematic and is installed before the holidays, for photo sessions. These fireplaces are used temporarily, they are easy to dismantle. The material for the manufacture is usually cardboard boxes or foam. Naturally, such a device does not give any heat, and it is unsafe to put candles next to it, but a decorative fireplace will delight the eye for a long time.
Decorating the hearth
Brick. Brick shades range from milky white to burnt black. Brickwork blends in with any setting, from country and shabby chic to trendy rave and techno. The structure, thickness and color of the bricks depend on the style of your living room
Wood… Noble deep shades of wood will transform any living room and add richness to the interior. Wood-clad fireplaces look good against the backdrop of classic interiors or in country houses. The decoration of such a fireplace should be as discreet as possible, no unnecessary accessories on the mantelpiece, but a picture suspended above the fireplace will harmonize well with the interior
Metal. Metal fireplaces are distinguished by their uncommon form and design. In addition, they can be safely installed in the center of the room, because, due to their unusual design, they do not need a support wall - the chimney is attached to the ceiling beams of the living room, and the hearth itself is located on the floor. Such hearths fit best into the interior of the Art Nouveau or high-tech style
In a country house
Most often, the construction of a country house is not complete without installing a fireplace. The fireplace looks best in a wooden or stone house, ideally complementing the structure. Against the background of the landscape from the window, the fireplace looks like a natural addition to the interior. In country houses, fireplaces are often installed in the dining room or in the kitchen, but even more often in the living room.
The most advantageous option is a traditional wood-burning fireplace, faced with brick or wood. An armchair, a coffee table and a small rug are excellent surroundings for the hearth.
In the apartment
Of course, fireplaces are often installed in apartments, but in a private house it is much more convenient to do this than in a multi-storey structure. Apartments are usually equipped with electric fireplaces or false fireplaces, and they are decorated in a more modern style, and sometimes even furnished with appliances: a plasma TV over the hearth, electric lamps or imitation candles, a music center, etc. By the way, installing a wood-burning fireplace in an apartment is impossible due to for obvious reasons.
Living room layout
A living room with a fireplace in the house is a chic option for decorating your home. Especially if the living room is adjacent to the hallway. Here the fireplace will play a double role: it will become the main decoration, the first one that catches the eye, and it will also perfectly warm the living room, while spreading heat into the coldest room of the house - the hallway. If the living room is located next to the kitchen or dining room, then the fireplace will be the perfect backdrop for tea drinking and festive dinners. The adjacent living room with a study transforms the living room into a temporary library, where you can read in an armchair in front of the fireplace or do paperwork at the coffee table.