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Kitchen classics where black and white has staying power

Kitchen classics where black and white has staying power

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Kitchen classics where black and white has staying power

Black and white has always been a classic and timeless combination. It offers flexibility and longevity when it comes to accessorizing, can easily be dressed up or pared down, and works with an endless array of styles and settings. Why should it be any different when it comes to your kitchen?

We have seen the trend of black edge its way into our kitchens for the past few years in everything from hardware and lighting to appliances, tile and even our sinks and faucets. Black is such a simple yet powerful colour that can simultaneously add a bold and sophisticated impact to your kitchen, or simply create a subtle pop in a calm and relaxed aesthetic. However it works its way into your kitchen design, it’s sure to elevate your space and give your kitchen the attention it deserves.

There is an abundance of ways black and white can be introduced into your kitchen design. A classic white kitchen can easily turn heads with the addition of a bold black floor tile; it adds a touch of a modern vibe, while still maintaining the calmness and traditional appeal of an all-white kitchen. The introduction of black hardware can make simple white cabinetry pop. Two-tone black and white kitchen cabinetry might be a bold step for some, but a warm charcoal coloured kitchen paired with a simple white backsplash and black accessories can appear a bit softer while still delivering large on the wow factor.

As a designer, I love working with black and white. The flexibility and creativity this simple yet powerful contrasting combination offers are seemingly endless. It’s a pairing that responds favourably to many different design directions. With the addition of something as simple as warm, aged wood, I can change a rather urban black and white aesthetic into a bit more of a relaxed rustic vibe. I can modernize a traditional white farmhouse kitchen by simply adding black hardware and a small black inlay in combination with classic marble for a backsplash; or I can make a contemporary white-on-white kitchen space pop by adding black lighting and accessories.

The pairing of black and white makes a bold visual statement in any design style. It allows for any additional trend colours to be easily introduced or removed once you have tired of them. Trends can come and go, but the classic combination of black and white will always have staying power.

Whether your kitchen is large or small, your style traditional or more urban, the inspiration of black and white can offer endless possibilities for you to create impact and distinction in your own kitchen.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, 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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Enhance the value of your home renovation with skylights

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Enhance the value of your home renovation with skylights

With home renovations on a steady and constant increase, the question always surfaces about how best to spend your renovation dollars. While it’s true that kitchen and bathroom renovations, as well as “curb appeal” will yield a good return on your investments; you should not discount the importance of natural light in your home. Maximizing light not only enhances the esthetics of a space, it increases the home’s resale value and quite simply – it also makes us feel better to see the great morning sunshine. We love the look and feel of an entire wall of windows that lets in beautiful rays of light and a fresh breeze, however, windows are not the only means of natural light for our homes. This is one of the reasons you should consider adding a skylight to your home renovation.

We all have those areas of our home, the space over our staircase, or a bathroom perhaps, where light struggles to reach. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about turning your attic into a third floor living space. Whatever your particular situation is, consider adding a skylight or sun tunnel to these darker areas of your home, and let the sunshine in.

In tight quarters, the added benefit of a skylight over a sun tunnel is that it allows you to introduce not only more natural light into a room, but it also helps ventilate the space so you can “breathe” better. Windows are without a doubt, designed to let in the natural light and circulate air throughout a room; however, hot air rises, and so will any toxins or pollutants in your home. Incorporating skylights will improve the air quality of your home – and the vast amount of added natural light is a wonderful feature.

To maximize the benefits of skylights, you need to consider a few important details; the first is the placement in your home. A skylight is not a window, though some often think the two are interchangeable. Windows are designed to limit the glare of high-angled sun in the summer and to catch the low-angled rays of sun in the winter. Skylights tend to do the opposite, so it is rather important to consider the placement of the skylights on your roof, as well as the orientation of the sun around your house. Though we desire maximum natural light, you may also want to consider the option of Velux blinds to preserve your furniture and flooring. Also, consider the selection of appropriate skylights for your space so that you can ensure this design feature is maximizing its full potential on the interior of your home; be it the size, style or operation method, (yes, skylights open) understanding the options will help ensure wise design choices.

Whatever you decide, skylights add an architectural element to a room while bringing the outdoors in and adding a burst of natural light.

For more information, go to velux.ca

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White Kitchens are totally timeless

White kitchens are totally timeless

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White kitchens are totally timeless

To say white kitchens are popular is a bit of an understatement. Over the years, we have seen that trends are moving away from whites with the rise of colourful cabinetry and appliances, or with the return of warm wood tones. In the end white cabinets are still a sought-after mainstay. The bright, fresh look and feel of white kitchen cabinetry never really loses its appeal, and for many is the goal for their kitchen renovation.

Kitchens are the heart of the home and really should reflect your own personal style and way of living. White cabinets are always timeless, and an easy commitment with a lot of flexibility when it comes to the final aesthetics of your kitchen. Moving beyond an all white kitchen can open you up to a world of finishes, colours and inspirations that can see a bit of the current kitchen trends introduced into your space. Whether you add some dimension to your kitchen with a patterned backsplash, a great impactful floor tile, touches of coloured cabinetry or mixed metals and hardware, there are a multitude of ways to shake off the simple all-white kitchen.

Another way to change up the all-white vibe of your space is by using warmer whites for the finishes. There are an infinite number of tones and shades of whites; moving to a warmer white tone can make all the difference to your cabinetry, tile and overall look and feel of your kitchen.

As shown in these images, by using a much warmer white for one of our kitchen designs, and punching it up with a great charcoal coloured floor tile, we have added a bit of a modern feeling to a more traditional setting. In contrast, the stark white kitchen with warm walnut accents definitely conveys a more modern space.

I love the look of white mixed with wood accents. White oak is gaining popularity now as a wood finish and it pairs perfectly with white to create a great look that satisfies so many different styles and settings. You can easily introduce a wood feature in your kitchen by way of floating wood shelves, an island, countertop, wood inlay tiles for your backsplash, hardware or something as simple as barstools. Whichever way best suits your desires you’re sure to see the end result is fantastic and feels much warmer and more inviting than an all-white kitchen.

Today, the movement is more towards a streamlined look that highlights simplicity, functionality, and minimalism. Though the white-on-white kitchen has waned in popularity, white cabinetry will always be timeless. When looking for inspiration for your kitchen renovation, look to see how you can introduce a mix of colours, textures, and finishes that will create a kitchen space that keeps you moving forward trend-wise, while still giving you the white kitchen you desire!

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, 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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Decor: Changing times

Changing times, changing homes

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Changing times, changing homes

Over the last several years, design has had an ever-increasing movement towards environmentally friendly materials, sustainability, and energy efficiency. We’ve all been doing our part to aid the environment, knowing full well changes were needed on many levels. Our homes are our private spaces, reflections of ourselves, our family, our lifestyles; but recently they have become our sole spaces for living.

The current global health crisis has thrown us all into a different way of living. Very quickly our sanctuaries have also become our offices, classrooms and gyms, while still being our space for family living. Video work calls rapidly became our new norm, and while our companies had to adapt technologically for the “work-from-home” environment, we came to realize quickly that many others had an intimate vantage point of our private lives. Kids playing, dogs barking, our partners also on video calls and life happening became our backdrop. It has connected us on a far more personal level than before, which has been great, but it has also given us a window into how our homes actually function.

When looking to renovate, functionality and aesthetics are undoubtedly of great importance; however, functionality never really took into consideration the change in lifestyle we have been experiencing over the last several months. We all desire open concept living. It allows us to connect with our family at the end of the day, but does this work the same for us when our homes are being used as they have been recently? Have we compromised functioning privacy for the desire to have openness and connectivity without restrictions?

It seems that part of the new norm that will be coming upon us in design will be the need to have homes with the capability to function as more than just our living, entertaining and storage spaces. While this may be the future of our design and renovation planning, currently we are emerging from months of home seclusion that has left us wanting to add new life to our living spaces. We need to give our surroundings a facelift, a new aesthetic that will inspire us to move ahead in this new way of living and shake off the last few months of isolation.

Bursts of colour, pretty and bold wallpaper and fabric patterns, cheerful new accessories or a relaxing outdoor space – we are all desiring something new, inspiring and fresh for our homes. Whether you’ve been spending some of your time at home planning a major renovation to your kitchen or bathroom, or are only looking for a few new small touches such as a fresh paint colour or pretty new hardware on your kitchen cabinetry, one thing is for certain. A greater movement towards interior decorating and design will be strong as we see our homes in a new light and have the desire to make them more inviting, inspirational and functional for all aspects of our living needs.

With the changes we have all experienced over the last few months, it remains to be seen how many of them will permanently become our “new norm.” Early signs are showing that many of us will, in some way, be working from home, studying or entertaining more at home, whatever the case may be. We may find that we are generally just spending more time in our own surroundings, which is bound to have an impact on how we design and decorate our abodes.

No matter how large or small our home’s footprint, we may look to carve out small areas that afford us a bit of privacy for work, or just for some quiet time alone. We will want to motivate ourselves by bringing some of the outdoors in, by maximizing our natural light and by keeping our surroundings simple in this ever-complex world. Whatever direction your home will go in the future, rest assured that as we start emerging from our seclusion, those of you who are ready to renovate or redecorate will be thinking a bit differently about the expectations and goals you may have for your home.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, 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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Colouring our lives

Colouring our lives

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Colouring our lives

Spring is here. However, this year may not quite be the spring we are accustomed to. As of late, we have been living a new reality of “physical distancing” and in many cases working from home. With so much time being spent indoors, you may find yourself looking around your home and thinking it’s in need of a bit of a boost. A great way of injecting some life in your space is by adding colour!

Full of inspiration, colour is a major influencer in the world of design. It has the ability to enhance and punctuate a monochromatic space, to create drama in a room, or do the opposite and create a relaxing serene environment. Either way, using colour in your space will definitely enhance the style and aesthetic appeal of your home.

Whether you enjoy the simplicity of white walls with the flexibility of accessorizing with colour, or are drawn to using colour on your walls, cabinetry or furnishings, undoubtedly a splash of this year’s popular bold and rich hues are sure to leave you feeling all the loves for colour in your life. From the colour of the year – Classic Blue – to soft whites with a breath of pink, to rich burnt oranges or soft and pretty sage greens… we have an insanely broad spectrum of possibilities and inspirations.

Wonderfully patterned fabrics and area rugs, tiles saturated with colour and bold wallpapers lend themselves well to creating a space with a personality all its own. However, if this all seems a bit too much for you and your comfort zone lies deep within the monochromatic white-on-white look, never fear. Colour can still find its way into your home in the subtlety of artwork, accessories or even the lushness of fresh green plants. Whatever your heart desires, there is definitely an abundance of ways to colour your world.

So, give your home a little “facelift” with an inspirationally stylish and sophisticated palette of colours to create a cheerful and uplifting space, especially during these unprecedented times of isolation.

Four tips for colour inspiration

  • Paint is always a great place to start. Any “weekendwarrior” can easily liven up a room with a gallon of paint, and the great part is when you’ve tired of the colour, it’s easy enough to change.
  • Add a touch of black to your mix. It doesn’t need to be a big item – a black box, vase, picture frame or other accent. By doing this you clarify and enhance all the other colours in the space.
  • Wallpaper is a fun and fantastic way to inject life into your room with an abundant selection of patterns and colour you will be sure to make a great impact in your home.
  • Be bold in your selections and use of colour. If you love a certain tone but are a little hesitant, then use it in smaller doses as an accent instead of on a larger scale such as a wall or an expensive item like a sofa.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, 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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Lighting

Getting the most out of your lighting

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Getting the most out of your lighting

Lighting can have a major impact on the look and feel of your home. While lighting obviously has a function and purpose, it can also become a great feature in your home to highlight focal points and create ambiance.

To create a successful lighting plan for your renovation you need to consider a layered approach. By layering lighting in a space, you are able to create the flexibility of different vibes and functions. However, to do so you need to have a general understanding of the four basic categories of lighting: ambient, task, accent and decorative.

Ambient lighting illuminates any given space and permits an ease of mobility throughout a room. Task lighting, as seems obvious, affords you additional lighting in specific areas devoted to a particular task or function. Accent lighting can be used to highlight artwork, decor or perhaps architectural features within a space; it can be a great way to highlight a focal point in a room. Finally, we have decorative lighting, which is simply an accessory to your room, or the finishing touch. However, another source of lighting that should not be dismissed in design is natural light. It’s the most inexpensive, environmentally friendly and sought-after form of light available. Many new condo and home builds today are being designed and constructed with wonderfully large window features that allow for maximum natural light even in small spaces. Natural light not only services the functional aspect of light in design, it also helps to create a warm and inviting aesthetic for your home.

In most renovations today we find that recessed pot lights are the go-to option when looking to upgrade lighting in a home. However, for condo-dwellers this is not necessarily feasible as ceilings are mostly concrete. When looking to renovate your condo there are some ceiling details that may allow you to add pot lights. If your ceiling height permits, such features as a tray ceiling or a coffered ceiling can be a nice way to not only add interest to your space, but also provide the space required to add recessed pot lighting. If this is not an option for you, consider the addition of track lighting. The track lighting systems on the market today have a far more upscale look to them, with many more size and style options than we have previously seen, while being far more user-friendly for the condo environment.

Whatever your lighting inspiration, be sure to pay adequate attention to your lighting plan and needs so that you not only create a space that is safe and functional but use light to create a warm and inviting ambiance in your home.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, 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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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The Home Show - The Big One 2020

RENO & DECOR magazine presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – The Big One 2020

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RENO & DECOR magazine presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – The Big One 2020

The Home Show: “The Big One” takes place at the Enercare Centre, this March 13-22. Don’t forget to visit the RENO & DECOR booth # 4118 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Our Design Intervention booth will be the backdrop for design and decor experts offering free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you optimize this opportunity of expert design advice.

This year’s booth will be designed and built by the team from Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home. Here is a little something about our booth partner:

“Renovating your home is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming too. With Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home you can skip the stress, delegate the work and enjoy the fun aspects of updating your home. More than just a flooring company. Remodel Canada is a one-stop shop for all your home renovation and decorating needs. From sourcing quality products to managing your renovation, count on Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home for a smooth, satisfaction-guaranteed remodel experience.”

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While at our booth, make sure you sign up for your chance to win these amazing prizes:

A $10,000 skylight from Velux with a room makeover by designer Linda Mazur

 

 

 

A $785 Rivana kitchen faucet from Blanco

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Experts appearing at the Design Intervention booth include:

Friday, Mar. 13 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 21 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 17 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday Mar. 22 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 18 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 14 – 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 19 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 22 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 20 – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Friday, Mar. 20 – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Kitchen life for a new decade

Kitchen life for a new decade

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Kitchen life for a new decade

The kitchen has always been the heart of any home. Not simply a utilitarian place, this important space is now a room widely used for entertaining family and friends.

As much as kitchens demand functionality, style is equally important. This year, we are seeing spaces full of texture, colour and pattern that are designed with a less formal approach, intended to accentuate an open concept feel and integrate seamlessly with your adjacent living areas.

Whether you intend to fully renovate your kitchen or are looking to just give it a little boost, here are some of the trends we are seeing for 2020 and the decade ahead.

White will always be popular in cabinetry. It provides stability and longevity, but don’t be afraid to add a pop of colour. Soft blacks, shades of blues, greys and even brighter colours have been making their way to our kitchen cabinetry.

Colour, in fact, is a great way to inject a little life into a space, so if you find that cabinetry is too much of a leap for you, consider adding colourful small appliances and accessories. We are also seeing kitchens with a combination of colours or finishes. White cabinetry paired with wood accents or a secondary colour is the perfect way to stay on trend, and you may find the transition a little more to your liking.

Wood has returned – but not with the heavy and dull tones of decades past. Today’s kitchens are seeing this natural material as an accent to your cabinetry, or featured prominently as the cabinetry itself. Warm and sophisticated grains such as walnut, light and airy woods like birch or rough-hewn reclaimed are just a few of the woods we are seeing. Whether using them in cabinets, counters, shelving or accessories, you can’t go wrong.

This year is more about character and personality in your kitchen, and less about being too “matchy-matchy.” The idea of combining colours, textures and finishes also applies to mixing metals in your kitchen. Varied styles and colours of metal knobs and pulls can be combined with the different colours and finishes of your faucet and lighting to create a space all your own. Copper, too, has quickly moved to become a featured metal in kitchens. Consider hanging some beautiful copper pots or use as an eye-catching range hood. A little copper is sure to dress up your space, while blending well with the other metals in the kitchen.

Not only are appliances becoming more modern in colours and finishes, they are also now designed to be statement pieces, and thereby anchoring a kitchen. Whether you select a matte black stainless finish, a pop of colour in a retro shade of blue or the return to simple white, you are sure to find that today’s appliances are designed for visual impact, especially when it comes to cooking. A nice alternative, however, is cladding your fridge and dishwasher to blend seamlessly with your cabinetry.

Open shelving is a great way to showcase your beautiful kitchenware, add some colour and create an open and airy feeling in your space. It creates an easily accessible area for your regularly used items, and can be a great way to enjoy heirloom pieces that often get hidden in the back of your cabinetry. Many homeowners feel this approach is not for them, as the shelves can look untidy. An alternative is to add closed door cabinetry with textured glass. This is a nice feature that can still give you a more open and airy feeling, while camouflaging what’s inside.

Kitchens trends of 2020 are designed to create warm, inviting spaces with personality. While functionality will always be at the forefront of a good kitchen design, today’s trends will create for you a space with character and style that will move you forward.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, 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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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The Home Show: Home Improvement

Reno & Decor presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – Home Improvement 2020

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Reno & Decor presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – Home Improvement 2020

The Home Show: Home Improvement edition takes place at the International Centre this Feb. 14 to 17. Don’t forget to visit the Reno & Decor booth 263 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

Our Design Intervention booth will be the backdrop for design and decor experts offering free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floorplans to ensure you optimize this opportunity of expert design advice.

This year’s booth will be designed and built by the team from Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home. Here is a little something about our booth partner:

“Renovating your home is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming too. With Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home you can skip the stress, delegate the work and enjoy the fun aspects of updating your home. More than just a flooring company. Remodel Canada is a one-stop shop for all your home renovation and decorating needs. From sourcing quality products to managing your renovation, count on Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home for a smooth, satisfaction-guaranteed remodel experience.”

remodelcanada.com

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While at our booth, make sure you sign up for your chance to win an amazing new faucet from Blanco, valued at $785!

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Experts appearing at the Design Intervention booth include:

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Tis the season to cosy up to a fire

Tis the season to cosy up to a fire

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Tis the season to cosy up to a fire

The weather is cold and thoughts of cosying up by the fireplace are becoming increasingly enticing. Fireplaces have a certain appeal in our homes, and definitely enhance the look as well as the feel of any room; somehow they are the perfect complement to any decor style. If you reside in a house, adding a fireplace to your home can be a relatively simple process; however, condo-dwellers may encounter a few challenges from space to accessibility, ventilation to finding an electric fireplace that “looks like a real fire.”

Often, condos and lofts are outfitted with gas, or even wood-burning fireplaces. If your home is not this fortunate, however, all is not lost. There are many different possibilities that will still give you the beautiful ambiance a fireplace creates while facilitating any structural or venting limitations you may be facing.

The progression in the design and functionality of electric fireplaces are vast since they first entered the market. Today, electric fireplaces can boast designs that use revolutionary ultrasonic technology to create a life-like flame as well as smoke effects simulating a real wood-burning fire. Advancements in technology have also created a three-dimensional flame, which is a fabulous and realistic design for an electric fireplace. We also have the “open flame” electric fireplace. This is a great design should you want to incorporate a more traditional looking mantel and add a lovely fireplace screen to enhance the look, or incorporate an “open-flame” design into a more modern setting.

We have recently seen the introduction of two-sided electric fireplaces, which undoubtedly can conjure up much by way of design inspiration when planning a renovation. When I’m designing spaces that require an electric fireplace, one of my favourite go-to manufacturers is Dimplex. They have been able to create unparalleled flame technology that is designed to suit any style or decor; and have a large selection of fireplaces to suit a variety of applications.

Another energy-efficient and “eco-smart” option in fireplaces would be ethanol burners.

Ethanol burners do not require a chimney or a flue, there are no restrictive gas connections which means they can almost be installed just about anywhere, providing you with endless design possibilities for your home.

Choosing the right design and function for your fireplace is key to maximizing the usage and enjoyment of your investment. As space can sometimes be limited, the addition of a fireplace to your condo should be well planned. If properly designed, you may find that the fireplace feature can often become a multi-functional element, possibly serving as storage space as well as beautifying your home. With many of the options available today, you may find that incorporating your fireplace into a media console, or a built-in wall unit can facilitate the extra storage space you may need.

Today we are fortunate to have a multitude of fireplace options and functionalities available to us that no longer restrict condodwellers from enjoying the seasonal charms and comforts of a roaring fire. Whether you prefer the traditional, formal mantel or whether your style beckons a more contemporary approach to the design of your fireplace, you undoubtedly will have a wide selection of options and design inspo to choose from. With the season changing, and the colder days among us, why not create an inviting, relaxed space to enjoy?

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, 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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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