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Design Code: Fireplace

More than a necessity

A fireplace is the embodiment of warmth in a house. In some area with harsh living condition, it might even be a necessity for survival. But when the weather is anything other than sheer cold, the fireplace design is a decorative element that can add major style to a living room or a lobby seating area if you have a boutique hotel.

It emerges as a focal point and gives the space symmetry. The area above and around a fireplace is another opportunity for decoration. A fireplace in combination with other decorative items will bring a whole new sensation to your living room if done right!

Types of fireplace

Whether your home already has a fireplace or you’re looking to have one built into your space, it’s important to know that there are different types out there. Although the whole mechanism seems like one easy contraption, it’s essential to know what kind you have or want before you jump to build or operate a fireplace.

Wood-Burning Fireplace

Wood-burning fireplaces are the traditional Laura Ingalls/old western style units. If you dreamed of having a crackling fire type of fireplace, this is the one for you. Wood-burning fireplaces have an open hearth style, and the burning wood is a great heat source. If you want a wood-burning fireplace, there are enclosed fireplaces, a fireplace insert or a wood-burning stove.

Gas-Burning Fireplace

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If you want a cleaner, more traditional look, you definitely want a gas-burning fireplace. Although wood-burning fireplaces look beautiful, there’s a bit of clean up, whereas gas burning fireplaces are easier to install. If you want a gas-burning fireplace, then you can either have one that is a direct vent built-in or a ventless built-in. But this type of fireplace does not require the installation of a vent or chimney.

Electric Fireplaces

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These type of fireplace design is also super easy to install. They’re cost-effective to build and provide the perfect amount of heat to the room. An electric fireplace is available in various models, but popular designs include electric mantel fireplaces, electric fireplace TV stands and entertainment centers.

Ethanol-Burning Fireplaces

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This type of fireplace design is often not that popular if you’re looking to generate a lot of heat. If you want a better heat-generating fireplace, you will prefer a gas or wood-burning fireplace. People do like ethanol fireplaces, though, because they are easy to install, it burns ethanol and they’re available in many styles. You can get a wall-mounted or tabletop unit. You can even purchase a fireplace conversion kit that allows you to convert a wood- or gas-burning fireplace to ethanol.

Outstanding fireplace design

Here are some awesome living room design with a matching fireplace.

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The penthouse of the American Thread Co. building revamped by Nicholas Kilner 

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California home designed by Miles Redd

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Living room of decorative-arts dealers Laurence and Patrick Seguin’s Paris apartment

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Ski home renovated by design firm Atelier AM

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New Jersey estate renovated by architect Annabelle Selldorf and designer Matthew Frederick

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Mountain home northeast of Seattle by Olson Kundig Architects

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