The fireplace is the main source of comfort in the house. This element of the interior allows you to create a serene mood, gather the whole family in one place and simply give the surrounding environment an unforgettable appearance. Unfortunately, it is not possible to install a full-fledged fireplace in every home.
For a real wood-burning fireplace, at a minimum, you need durable materials in the form of refractory bricks, marble or sandstone. As a maximum, you need to equip the chimney, create the structure of the fireplace itself, using all construction skills and install metal elements.
But creating a decorative fireplace with candles is much easier. Even a person who does not have experience in the engineering and construction field can cope with this. And it takes much less time to create it, as well as financial resources. Don't have a candle fireplace in your house yet? Then the information from this article will definitely interest you.
Features of the
When creating a candle fireplace, you will have to equip a niche in the wall. Moreover, this niche will be decorative, that is, not created by erecting a complex structure with access to the roof. With the help of further decoration, you can give the fireplace space the most harmonious look for a particular interior.
The fastest way to create a mantel is drywall. To expand the space, the recess in the wall is trimmed with reflective material, as well as mosaic elements. Sea pebbles, laid around massive candles, give the fireplace naturalness and, as it were, personifies the reunion of the two elements.
The fireplace recess itself can have different shapes. Rectangular fireplace shelves fit perfectly into a laconic classic design, and semi-oval ones - into a free modernist style.
But artificial firewood allows you to bring a decorative fireplace as close as possible to a warming wood-burning one. They "work" on electricity, lighting up like lanterns or candles, but do not emit heat at all.
If you want to create a fireplace with a natural fire source, use solid and durable wax candles. They can be installed directly into the fireplace niche or special supports - candlesticks. They can be metal or glass and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
How to choose a candlestick
The most intelligent decision is to choose a candlestick for the fireplace. focusing on the features of the interior. There are no strict rules for selection, but here is the same as with clothes - either you have taste and you create an ideal picture from simple things, or you have no taste and even the most solid details do not help to save the situation.
To fall into the first category, listen to the following tips:
If your interior has a lot of wooden furniture, as well as elements from other natural materials, buy decorative firewood. Putting small round candles on them, you will create a very peaceful atmosphere around
If you love antique design, a metal candle holder is your best choice. It can be quite large and have several niches for candles at once - it all depends on the dimensions of the fireplace itself
The interior of the classic direction does not tolerate excesses, so it is better to install the candles simply on small stands. Such minimalism will not violate the overall harmony of the classics, but will give the environment a coziness
In an ethnic interior, candlesticks decorated in the style of a particular country will be appropriate. These can be metal figurines of an animal, religious idol or symbol. Such candlesticks will add mystery to the interior and make it complete
The modern design direction will require creativity from you when decorating a mantelpiece, so the unusual shapes of candlesticks will fit perfectly into the overall style
But if several stylistic directions are mixed in your interior at once, you can design the fireplace as you please. It is advisable not to forget that the more competently the color combinations in the interior are selected, the more comfortable it will be.
How to put a burning candle so as not to cause a fire?
A fireplace in which real wax candles are installed automatically falls into the fire hazard category. That is why they try to make the fireplace space in advance from fire-resistant materials such as drywall, brick or marble.
It is highly discouraged to trim the mantelpiece with wood, since this material turns into a torch with any careless movement. Safety measures will have to be observed when installing the candles themselves:
- Before lighting a candle, you need to make sure that it stands firmly in the candlestick.
- It is highly discouraged to install the candle directly on the fireplace space, as the candle melts quickly.
- It is better to put a burning candle even before the wax warms up, otherwise there is a high probability of getting burned.
Remember that tall candlesticks, which cover almost the entire wax surface, are the safest and prevent the candle from accidentally dropping.
How to choose a fireplace lighter
Few people know that there are three types of special lighters for kindling a fire in a fireplace: gas, electric and piezo. The case of the former is made of aluminum and filled with compressed gas. Ignition occurs after pressing the power button - a very convenient, and most importantly safe option.
Electric lighters work in a different way. They are powered by a battery, and a spark is formed as a result of cyclic closure and opening of an electrical circuit under the influence of an electromagnetic field. Such lighters are more dangerous than the previous ones because they are tied to electricity and are, in fact, an ordinary electrical appliance.
Piezo is a relatively new type of lighter that does not need additional power sources. The spark is generated by pressing the button in one direction and the other. Such a lighter consists of a lever, wires and a piezoelectric element itself.