Home is where the hearth is, that's what I say anyway. There's nothing like the warmth and beauty of a real fire heating up a room on a cold day. For those who want the look but without the hassle gas or even electric fires can do the trick. If you choose the right look, it can create a beautiful focal point to the room. Choose wrong and the whole balance of the room is affected. So how do you choose the right fireplace?
1. How big is your room?
It might sound silly but the dimensions and layout of your room should be considered before purchase. A flat wall isn't always necessary as plenty of opportunities lie open for corner or even ceiling suspended fireplaces.
2. Do you have a chimney?
The type of chimney that you have will affect the type of fireplace or fire you can have. There are alternatives to those who don't have a chimney such as flues but should be discussed with your Corgi registered fitter.
3. What styles do you like?
Modern, traditional, classic or quirky, anything goes nowadays with fireplaces. There are advantages to traditional as they are timeless and usually complement any room or if you prefer something different try looking at hole in the wall options or even ceiling suspended.
4. What is your budget?
If you can afford the best look at marble and stone options but if your fingers are on the purse strings look at simpler wooden surrounds and small gas or electric fires. Many come with coal or pebble effect options and can be a welcome addition to any home.
How To Choose A Fireplace
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5 September 2008
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