It is difficult to argue with the statement that the hall is the heart of the dwelling. Guests are accommodated here, noisy and quiet gatherings are held, children play. It is not surprising that it is the hall that you want to give even more coziness. One way to do this is by installing a fireplace.
Features and Benefits
A fireplace amazingly changes the atmosphere and mood of the living room. And to the delight of all fans of this cozy and warm interior element, you can install a fireplace both in a private house and in an ordinary apartment. However, it is worth remembering that a real fireplace with a firebox is suitable only for private and country houses, but an artificial and false fireplace will gladly delight the inhabitants of the metropolis.
If you want to install a fireplace in the living room, take a sober view of the free space. According to the designers, the fireplace loves freedom and looks more harmonious in it. And also a fireplace in a classic or English style requires the correct arrangement of furniture in the hall. This should be a separate corner formed by armchairs, rocking chairs and small sofas. This rule does not apply to high-tech or modern fireplaces, because often the center of the hall becomes the installation site.
Another feature of installing a fireplace in the hall is its location against the walls. So, you cannot place a fireplace near the outer walls of the house, of course, if we are not talking about false fireplaces. Models intended not only for beauty, but also for warmth should be located against the wall perpendicular to the window.
The advantages of a fireplace in the hall are obvious:
- presentable appearance;
- additional heating of the room;
- the ability to use the portal as a shelf;
- addition of a certain style to the interior.
A fireplace can update a room without special costs, because if you wish, you can create a false fireplace with your own hands, make a unique decoration and cladding.
The varieties of modern fireplaces are amazing. They can be conditionally divided into the following groups:
- type of fuel (wood, gas, electric fireplace, coal);
- functions (decorative, for full and partial heating of the room);
- size (from mini-fireplaces to impressive models);
- location (corner, wall, built-in).
For a private house, the best option would be real fireplaces, which include wood, coal and gas models. An electric fireplace will be able to complement the interior of the hall in the apartment. It is worth saying that with a high-quality finish, artificial models look no worse than real ones.
They can simulate combustion in several ways:
- on display;
- the fan drives the rag flames;
- the burning effect is carried out using the backlight.
Some electric fireplaces are additionally equipped with speakers that transmit that unforgettable crackle of burning.
A fireplace, which is a cross between real and artificial, is called a biofireplace. Its peculiarity is that it can be installed even in the middle of the room or on a shelf near the sofa. This original model is powered by cane, cornstarch and sugar beet fuels. At the same time, the flame covered with heat-resistant glass looks absolutely real. It is turned on by means of a piezo lighter or a remote control.
As we can see, even in the living room of an apartment, you can easily install a fireplace, however, many are stopped by the cost of most models. However, even on installing a fireplace, you can significantly save your budget by setting up a false fireplace yourself.This variety does not have a firebox and can be made from a wide variety of materials, for example, drywall or foam. The place of the firebox is decorated with tall candles, cute souvenirs, and in the New Year they arrange a store ofts in it.
How can you arrange a room
Complementing the living room with a fireplace should be organic. To achieve harmony in every detail, you can turn to the styles that are fashionable today, complementing the familiar interior with thematic accessories, new furniture upholstery or color schemes characteristic of the style.
In the style of "Provence"
Provence is the style of French villages, where simplicity and an unusually sweet appeal reign in every home without sharp accents. The color scheme of the style is pastel, while the prints are dominated by a floral motif. However, there may be bright splashes of orange, lavender and turquoise, for example, curtains and upholstered furniture can be made in these colors.
The fireplace must also match the declared style. Its light colors, combined with finishing materials such as brick or natural stone, will create a delicate framing of the hall. The surface of the fireplace must be matt. So, you can use specially aged ceramic bricks.
How to furnish furniture in a living room with a fireplace while maintaining style? To do this, it is enough to arrange wicker mini-sofas and armchairs, directing them towards the fireplace. Furniture should not stand near walls.
A fireplace portal and a false fireplace insert, or the table can be stylishly complemented using lavender bouquets and candles. A chandelier can be a striking sign of style if it is made in the form of a snow-white bird cage.
Hi-Tech is the opposite of traditional styles. The living room of this theme has exclusively modern furniture, stretch ceilings with bright lighting. The color palette of basic black, white, sandy shades skillfully contrasts on bright spots of scarlet tones.
Of course, a fireplace in this style cannot be classic with a U-shaped portal. Three-sided fireplaces of rectangular, spherical and pyramid-shaped shapes can be located in the center of the living room. As a decoration, metal plates are used that have an original shape or are located asymmetrically to the floor.
In english style
The English style was created for respectable connoisseurs of nobility and luxury. In such a living room, it is pleasant to spend time reading a book or talking with loved ones. Everything here speaks of calmness and regularity of life.
The main elements of the interior:
- massive dining or work table;
- dark wood furniture;
- heavy curtains.
It is not necessary to use a large and real fireplace in the room, here the essence lies in the correct finish and shape. The optimal solution for an artificial fireplace will be wood trim, or cladding with artificial or natural stone. As in the Provence style, the furniture should face the fireplace.
How to do it yourself
A decorative or artificial fireplace can be made with your own hands, even without certain skills and abilities. For the base, you will need a metal profile, drywall and a free wall in the hall. An ordinary fireplace is easily assembled directly on the wall, a corner fireplace is the opposite.
A base is assembled from metal profiles, reinforced with lintels, which is later covered with plasterboard. On top of the structure, it is necessary to fix a shelf of the appropriate size to give the fireplace strength and the possibility of using it for storing souvenirs and figurines.
Also, to create false fireplaces, ordinary cardboard is used, and sometimes bricks. Any of the surfaces can be pasted over with self-adhesive wallpaper imitating brick, liquid wallpaper, plaster and bas-relief.
You should also think about simulating fire. The easiest way is to purchase an electrical appliance with flames.If the budget is limited, you can use the fire pattern by placing it on the inside of the firebox. Candles will look soft in a firebox with a mirrored surface. Even an ordinary lamp covered with a translucent film in the fireplace will produce a magical glow effect.
Interesting interior solutions
If you are the owner of a country house, then thousands of fireplace installation ideas will help create coziness in each of the rooms. So, fireplaces are widely used for baths. A kind of fireplace room with a luxurious brick or "wild stone" model is complemented by a large oak table and chairs made in the same style. In such an environment, it is easy to relax after visiting the steam room and have a heart-to-heart talk.
A banquet hall with a fireplace will underline the status of the owner. In this case, the model of the fireplace should be selected depending on the area of the room. So, in a free room, it is easy to place a luxurious fireplace over the entire area of the wall. Tables, sofas and chairs should be in the viewing area of the fireplace. Sofas can stand perpendicular to the structure.
Whichever fireplace is chosen, the hall comes alive with its presence, filled with warmth and harmony. The owner of the fireplace becomes not only the owner of the stylish interior details, but also the owner of a true home.