Fireplaces are, quite literally, the warmth of the home. The soft, glowing light creates an ambience that can’t be duplicated.
From a design perspective, a fireplace can showcase what a room’s style is all about. The fire symbolizes the warmth of friendship, generosity and comfort. Because it invites these memorable feelings – a pause, relaxation, warmth, and a dynamic glow – the fireplace itself can define a room’s ambiance.
Broadly consisting of the insert and its surround, a modern-day fireplace is largely ornamental and usually just a secondary heat source. Either gas, electric or wood-burning, the fireplace’s surround is really what stylizes the look.
The surround can be constructed of brick, river rock, marble, granite, wood, concrete or several other materials, depending on what look the designer is trying to achieve.
Below is a gallery of fireplaces, each with their own look and feel. Some give the room a warm ambiance; others a cool sophistication. Fireplaces really are a room element to carefully consider. Click here for even more incredible fireplaces!
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