fireplace decor

SOME FIREPLACE DECOR STYLES TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER

You may not be aware of it, but your fireplace is central to your home décor. If you have a separate TV room and use your living room for entertaining, then your fireplace essentially replaces the TV as the area of focus. It keeps everyone warm, but it’s also soothing to stare into the fire during lulls in conversation, or even at the height of it. After all raw flames seem to ignite – and pacify – something deep, sensual, and primal in all of us.

Even if you have electronics in your living space, your fireplace can still become a key area of interest. It can set the decorative tone for your whole space, and if you use it right, you can make a real mark. Of course the style of décor will depend on the type of fireplace you’ve installed. If you have a hearth or mantelpiece, it requires a divergent approach from a flush in-built that doesn’t protrude from the wall.

For this reason, your decorating decisions begin way back, when you’re purchasing your fireplace. As you shop, don’t just think about artificial media, automatic thermostats, and remote controlled options. Think about the exteriors. Are you going for a particular theme, or does your current décor lean towards a specific colour? This can be helpful if your fireplace is available in multiple finishes.

CONTEMPORARY STYLE

Modern fashions lean towards minimalism, clean lines, sharp angles, and glossy finishes. Pick a furnace that has clear glass pieces or metallic tones. In-builts – with their large viewing panels – are good for the modern home. Instead of driftwood or logs, opt for crushed glass or ceramic coals as burning media, because they’re more current and tech-oriented.

Buy a fireplace that has an edgeless or frameless fascia. It’s the fireplace equivalent of an infinity pool, where there’s no clear marker between the firebox and the wall. Often, the door isn’t visible, so it gives a clean, undisrupted finish. If you want to build a ‘fire spot’ around the in-built, use chairs with metallic tones, such as steel feet or shiny tufted buttons. You can also use chrome seats and glass-topped stools.

Because the main appeal of in-builts is leaving your room open, you could choose to keep it roomy. Instead of placing large pieces of furniture near the fireplace, stack throw pillows or foldable canvas seats nearby. Lay a comfy rug next to the fire, then residents and guests can simply place a seat near the glass when they want to warm up. When they’re done, they can put away their cushion or pouf, leaving the area spacious and uncluttered.

 

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OLD-WORLD CHARM

At the other extreme, you could build your decorative theme around a protruding mantel. If your hearth doesn’t already have one, you could buy a fireplace that resembles a mantel. You can also buy a mantel separately and install its shelving above your fireplace, whether they’re in-built Regency gas fireplaces , Regency Wood Heaters or wood-burning Lopi insert stoves. Now you can select your mantel décor to match your style.

You could go simple with potted plants and artificial flowers, or arrange family photos and kids’ art. Another idea – especially if you don’t have cats – is to arrange trinkets. They could be porcelain figurines, troll dolls, scented candles in decorative candle-holders, or kaleidoscopes and bits of shiny metal and glass. Your mantel décor can make an interesting conversation piece, so you could display kids’ trophies or knick-knacks from your travels.

You might even opt to use the mantel as a book shelf, but be careful with this choice. It’s safe if your fireplace is an in-built with protective glass, but for a live hearth, paper and flames in such close proximity … not the best idea. You can put some art above the mantle, in the form of a canvas or print. Or you could place a mirror or inspirational plaque. Mirrors and reflective picture frames are good for making the room seem larger and brighter.

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You Can’t Go Past the Charm of Inbuilt Fireplaces

My Favourite Gas Heaters of All the Time 

You Can’t Go Past The Charm Of Inbuilt Fireplaces

Choosing the right fireplace for your home will be determined by your stylistic and practical requirements such as the size of the area you are heating. Also, the amount of floor space available will impact your decision on whether to go for a standalone unit or an inbuilt fireplace. Standalone units look great but can take up space and for those who are short on space, an inbuilt option is probably more practical. However, if you do go for the inbuilt model, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sacrifice looks for practicality.

 

The extensive range of inbuilt fireplaces on the market will enable you to find the perfect heating solution for your home. Inbuilt fireplaces come in a range of shapes, sizes and fuel sources so whether you’re after the more traditional wood fire or the convenience of gas, there is an inbuilt fireplace for you. There a number of beautiful inbuilt fireplaces that will add rustic charm to the living room and provide a nice warm area for your family and friends to congregate in and take shelter from the cold winter. In this blog, we will take a look at some inbuilt fireplaces for your home.

 

SEGUIN

Seguin offers a range of inbuilt fireplaces with a modern twist. These fireplaces have a sleek design and will gel well with a modern home. Seguin also has three-sided models. The three-sided models will allow omnidirectional viewing of the fire. As you sit back in your favourite chair with your favourite drink and find solace in the mesmerizing flames, your Seguin fireplace will keep you toasty warm. Seguin fireplaces are well designed, manufactured to the highest of standards and the extensive range will ensure that you find the perfect fireplace for your home.

 

LOPI

Lopi’s inbuilt range is designed with a more traditional aesthetic. The cast iron colouring and the regal design make this the ideal fireplace for those looking for a more traditional appeal. Lopi has been a player in the fireplace game for many years and you can be sure their fireplaces are tried and tested to will stand the test of time. They are brilliantly designed for maximum efficiency and maximum aesthetic appeal. Lopi has won industry awards for their fireplaces and are a go to if you want maximum quality and efficiency.

 

 

Inbuilt Fireplaces

 

AXIS

Known for their double-sided and triple sided fireplaces, Axis offers a range of beautifully designed fireplaces that offer Omni directional viewing. It’s easy to why Axis fireplaces are an industry leader. Their fireplaces are designed and manufactured to the highest standards and will look great in any home. Although I would say they are more suited to modern homes, even a traditionalist would have a hard time walking past Axis fireplaces.

 

 

Inbuilt Fireplaces

 

 

REGENCY

The Regency range of inbuilt fireplaces combines modern appeal with traditional stylings and will be a welcome addition to your lounge room.  Designed and built in Canada, Regency are well versed in the art of keeping you warm this winter. They offer a limited lifetime warranty which gives the consumer the confidence that these fireplaces are built tough and built to last. The inbuilt fireplaces at Regency are designed for maximum efficiency and they have a string of features that will keep you cosy and warm this winter.

 

BORDELET

Not exactly inbuilt heaters, the Bordelet range is what’s known as suspended fireplaces – meaning they are literally suspended from the ceiling of your home. When looking your fireplace, the Bordelet range is definitely worth considering and will add visual appeal to your living area to become the centrepiece of your home. They were designed by famous French designer JC Bordelet and it’s easy to see why they are so popular. They are efficient and look amazing in any home. The Bordelet range is a modern twist with a traditional appeal and like a great piece of art hanging in your living room, it will create an amazing aesthetic that will have your dinner guests complimenting your stylistic decisions.

 

GAS OR WOOD

The decision on whether you want to go gas or wood for your fireplace fuel source will entirely depend on preference. Wood is great for a more traditional approach – collecting the wood, building the fire, and finally lighting. This ritual is fun for the whole family when everyone gets involved. Gas is a simpler convenient solution and your fireplace can be lit with the flick of a switch and heat your home in a matter of minutes. Regardless of your chosen fuel source, an inbuilt fireplace is a great addition to your living area while providing you and your family some much-needed warmth this winter and a place to make precious memories as you all relax around the fireplace while being mesmerized by the tantalising flames.

 

 

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My Favourite Gas Heaters Of All The Time

Traditional Style Heaters

When it comes time to choosing your home heater, not only do you want something that will keep your family warm and toasty this winter, you also want a heater that will light up the room with its aesthetic and charm. The extensive range of heaters on the market can be a little overwhelming, although will ensure that you will find the perfect heaters for your home. There is a myriad of home heaters in a range of different styles, whether you’re for a more modern approach or something a little more traditional to add some rustic charm. There is a large range of traditionally styled heaters that will complement your home and become the centrepiece of your living room while keeping you nice and warm this winter. In this blog, we will take a look at a few of my favourite traditional style heaters.

 

LOPI

Lopi has been a staple in the home heating game for years and their large range of heaters reflects this. Whether you’re after an inbuilt heater or a more traditional stand-alone unit, Lopi has something for you. Lopi fireplaces are constructed and manufactured using the finest materials.  The traditional design will have your lounge room looking great and toasty warm this winter. The particular standouts for in the Lopi range are the standalone units. They have a rustic appeal of a traditional fireplace and have modern features for maximum efficiency.

 

Style Heaters

 

REGENCY

Regency gas heaters offer traditionally styled heaters with a modern twist by using gas and are the ideal heating solution for those who want the old-school charm with the convenience of gas. If you’re not too keen on fussing around with collection of wood and lighting a fire, the gas heaters at Regency are an ideal option for you. The standalone units look great and will add to any living room and the gas fuel source makes lighting your fire as easy as flicking a switch and will have your house toasty and warm in a matter of minutes.

 

Style Heaters

 

JOTUL

Jotul makes a range of wood fireplaces with a difference. These unique fireplaces will brighten up any living room while offering an efficient heating solution.  They are beautifully designed to stand out from the crowd with their retro and traditional stylings. One of the standout fireplaces from Jotul is the F305 free standing fireplace. The retro-inspired fireplace looks a bit like a television from the 1970’s. The curved body and looking glass paired with its retro white enamel paint will look great in your living room and become the talking point at dinner parties to come.

 

 

BORDELET

The Bordelet suspended wood fireplace range is definitely worth a mention. The suspended fireplace is literally suspended from the roof. They are great as a decorative piece with the added bonus of a functionality. They come in an open style so that you can have unobstructed views of the mesmerizing naked flame. This is an amazing design that will look great in modern or traditional styled homes.

Traditionally styled heaters are a great way of turning your living room into a warm and comforting environment for the family to congregate on those cold winter days. They add charm and beauty to your home and will be a welcome addition to the family home. Choosing your home heating solution will depend on the what style you’re looking for. The extensive range of heaters on the market will make shopping for your home heater an easy task. In just a few clicks you can order your home heater and have it delivered within days. Just in time to keep your family nice and warm this winter.

 

 

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My Favourite Gas Heaters Of All The Time

Coming home on a cold winters day, ready for some respite from the harsh daily grind, and chilly temperatures is something to look forward to. Unless you’re coming home to frosty bitten tundra and your only salvation is packing on layers and huddling with your dog under the blankets!

A gas heater in your home can remedy all this and will see you coming home to a toasty warm house where the flames flicker and radiate, the glow and warmth seeping out to the delight of all those in the vicinity. It’s hard to choose favourites when it comes to gas heaters as there are some many options available. But with much deliberation and research, I have decided to write this blog and give you a list of my favourite heaters of all time.

 

The Regency GF900

The Regency range is one of the best brands  out there. Designed beautifully with functionality in mind, they do the job well whilst looking great. This inbuilt model features an extra-large looking glass so you will be sure to enjoy the splendour and marvel of the flames as they lure you in and keep you there, in a state of peace and tranquillity.

Regency also have standalone models for a more rustic charming effect. They look more like a traditional fireplace and are a welcome addition to any lounge room. The standalone fireplace is a great way to add a unique antique charm to your lounge room. The Regency is built for maximum warmth and will be more than enough to heat your largest of rooms.

 

Gas Heaters

 

The Bordelet Suspended Range

This range is my absolute favourite. The unique approach of a suspended fireplace looks amazing. The flume like exhaust hanging straight from your ceiling has a tendency to intrigue people at first and you will often have to explain what the hell it is. These beautiful unique fireplaces are the ideal indoor heating solution and will become the centre of attention in your home.

Guests will gather and mill around the fireplace, besotted by the open flame as it dances randomly to its own beat. The Bordelet range is open flame, meaning there is no looking glass to impede your view. Full omni-directional heating and viewing make this fireplace my favourite heating option of all time. Like an art piece or fish tank, this stylish and functional heater will complete any living room and enhance the space so it’s cosy, comfortable and inviting.

The beauty of gas heaters is that you’ve no need to keep stockpiling timber. This is can get a bit messy at times and it takes a little more time and effort. Gas heaters are an ideal and convenient option for those who want an instant fire at the flick of a switch. Gas heaters burn cleaner and cut down on emission and won’t leave your house smelling like a bushfire.

Buying and installing a gas heater in your home has never been easier and with a myriad of options out there, there is surely something to suit your home. Heaters have evolved leaps and bounds since the original pot belly and are more efficient, and have many features such as fans and heat control making them a practical and functional option for your heating needs. Not only do they provide heat, but will also add a dynamic visual appeal and a place to congregate in your living room.

Electric heaters are also an option but they are generally not as warm, not as visually appealing, and not as energy efficient. An electric heater can make a useful second addition as a portable heating option to your home, so you can wheel it into a kitchen or bedroom if you’re feeling a touch chilly at times – but gas is definitely better.

These are just a few of my favourite gas heating options. There are so many on the market that look great and do the job of heating your home efficiently. Your best option is to scout around on the net for the perfect home heater that will keep you warm this winter as well look great. Nothing beats sitting around the fire with your favourite glass of wine, soaked in warmth.

 

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How To Pick The Right Wood Heater For You

Wood Heater

How To Pick The Right Wood Heater For You

When it comes to heating your home, you have the option of choosing electric, gas operated or wood stoves and fireplaces. It is however difficult to replicate the authenticity of a proper wood fireplace with the others.

Over time, wood stoves have come a long way in terms of design. This is in an effort to improve of the aesthetics and efficiency. It has also been prompted by the need to meet newer and more stringent emission regulations. They have minimal ash, require less wood and have a lot less wastage when it comes to heat dispersal around the home. When choosing what sort of wood stove to get for your house, here are some of the things you should consider:

 

Environmentally Friendly

There are two ways to approach the environmental implications of your wood stove. The first one is in terms of the emissions and waste produced, every time you use it. Wood heaters that meet the Australian certification for emissions should produce not more than 4.5 grams of smoke per hour. This is in line with the internationally accepted standards for emissions, and over time, this could be revised downwards to about 2.0 grams per hour, by the year 2020. Working with an uncertified wood heater could mean that you are adding more than thrice the standard emissions into the atmosphere, since some release between 15 and 30 grams of smoke per hour.

The second consideration is with regards to your neighbours and the people around you. You should consider the height of your flue, to make sure that your combustion waste is disbursed in the correct manner. Your flue should at least be a metre higher than the neighbouring buildings to make sure you do not become a nuisance to your neighbours.

 

Wood Heater
Wood Heater

 

Type

Another factor that you need to consider is the type of wood heater, and whether it will work for your home. Generally, there are two types of wood heaters that meet the emission standards internationally. These are non-catalytic and catalytic heaters. Most of the heaters in the market are however non-catalytic, even though the catalytic ones offer a more authentic wood heater feel. They are therefore a bit pricier in this regard.

Catalytic wood heaters are capable of producing a long even heat output, thanks to their working mechanism. The exhaust is passed through a coated honeycomb made from ceramic material, where the smoke gases and fine wood particles burn. This honeycomb degrades over time however and requires to be replaced every once in a while, typically over six months.

Non catalytic wood heaters as the name suggests do not require a catalyst. They instead have three internal characteristics that create the environment for efficient combustion. These are an insulated firebox, a large baffle and preheated combustion air. The baffle produces a longer, hotter flow path while the preheated air is introduced through small holes above the firebox.

 

Size And Home Design

Your home design should heavily factor in when choosing a wood heater for your home. You should ask yourself a few questions, with regards to the output of the heater. Heat is rated in kilowatts and generally, the size, the amount of glass area and your level of insulation will affect the efficiency of heat distribution in your home. For instance, an 18 square metre home that is well insulated will use almost half the amount of heat compared to a home of the same size, with no insulation.

When choosing a heater, you should also take into account the size of the heater in comparison to your house. Most people make the mistake of picking a bigger heater than hey require, and end up making the room too hot. It is recommended that you get a heater that is optimized for average rather than extreme temperatures.

 

Safety

When choosing a wood heater, always look at the safety angle in correlation to your home. Certain wood heaters would not work in homes with young children, due to their simplicity in design. They get too hot to the touch for instance, which is a recipe for disaster when dealing with young children.  Talk to your retailer to see which of the wood heaters on offer is safe to use for your home.

 

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