Design: Turning Up The Heat
by Linda Mazur
With the change in seasons fast approaching, our desire to create a warm, comfy layered look in our homes is only natural.
We look to incorporate the textures and colours of accessories like faux fur throw blankets, beautiful lush velvety cushions and some of the wonderful richly coloured accent pieces we are seeing in stores today. But, have you considered adding a fireplace as part of your room “makeover”?
A fireplace is a great focal point in any room and the perfect starting point if you’re looking to build a relaxing room that’s charming and inviting on those cold winter days. It can instantly transform your space by adding not only design interest, but also comfort …creating a cozy atmosphere. There’s much to consider when deciding on a fireplace, from the location to the size of the room, from the design aspect to the requirement restrictions. Are you looking for a more traditional mantle look, or perhaps a sleek modern approach is more your style?
Fireplaces today are not just for house-dwellers, if you reside in a condo all is not lost. You too can enjoy the beauty and comfort of the season by installing an electric fireplace in your home. Electric fireplaces have come a long way in their design since they first appeared on the market, and have become a viable alternative to those that are unable to install a gas unit. There are many different styles of electric units available, from a traditional log set with mantle, to beautiful ice crystal units, river rock to the “true to life” organic look of a natural wood burning fire of the Opti-Myst units created by Dimplex (Dimplex.com). As a designer, I’m a big fan of these Opti- Myst electric fireplace units. Fireplaces are a great design feature, and these units offer the look and feel of a wood burning fire by using revolutionary ultrasonic technology to create the most realistic, life-like flame and water vapors to create smoke effects; an aesthetically pleasing visual display that is second to none.
Ethanol fireplace units are also a great option for condo dwellers. Ethanol units are easy to install and available in so many different styles and sizes, from full fireplaces to table top units, to columns that are great for the outdoors and can be incorporated in to your balcony design. Ethanol fuel is all-natural and made from renewable resources, a highly efficient heating solution for your home.
Though electric fireplaces are far simpler to purchase and install than gas, there still are so many options and possibilities that you really should do your homework to decide on the best for your home. Fireplace units can be free-standing or built-in, plug-in or hard-wired, emanate heat or simply be a visual accent (KastleFireplace.ca). I like to turn to a knowledgeable company like Kastle Fireplace to assist in purchasing the most suitable unit when designing for my clients.
With winter fast approaching get inspired by all the colour, texture and beautiful accessories you’re seeing to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. A fireplace could be the best decor addition of all this season.
|Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.|
With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.