Fireplaces are transformative, capable of adding both warmth and character to any space they reside in. Because of this, you may find yourself getting stuck on the age-old question: where exactly should you put it? The answer lies in your goals and lifestyle. Consider these suggestions based on the type of environment you want to create in your home.
Warm Up a Personal Room
Between work obligations, family commitments, and general day-to-day chores, life is full of stress. If you’re constantly on the go from the moment your feet hit the floor in the morning until the second your head hits the pillow at night, a space in your home where you can rest and relax is crucial to help you recover in your downtime.
To that end, the best place to put the fireplace would the room that would serve as your personal Fortress of Solitude, such as a bedroom, personal library, or hobby room. A fireplace would provide warmth to keep the space nice and cozy, while the dancing light will produce a calming ambiance conducive to reading, listening to music, meditating, or just taking a well-deserved nap.
Make a Comfy Social Space
For those that like to entertain or just seem to always have people dropping by for a visit, place a fireplace in a high-traffic area — such as the living room, family room, or kitchen — to create an inviting space that encourages socializing.
For example, installing the fireplace in the living room and surrounding it with a well-designed wood or stone mantel lets you place pictures and knickknacks that can spark conversations.
Depending on your home’s design, a single fireplace could be the showpiece for multiple rooms. For instance, you could install a dual-sided fireplace in the wall between the living room and dining room, allowing you and your guests to continue to experience its warmth and glow as you transition from talking on the couches to having dinner at the dining room table.
Regardless of how the rooms in your home are laid out, chances are good that a fireplace will perfectly fit your goal of creating a comfortable space for you and your visitors to catch up, so don’t be afraid to tell the sales rep exactly what you want.
Extend the Inside Outside
Sometimes the best place for a fireplace isn’t inside the home but outside of it. If you prefer being outdoors in the sunshine or under the starlight, then you should consider having a fire pit installed in your backyard.
Although not a fireplace in the traditional sense, a fire pit will provide the same type of warmth and ambiance except in the great outdoors. In some cases, a fire pit can double as a cooking station for a limited array of foods, letting you and your guests create fun snacks while telling each other ghost stories or sharing funny memories.
Like fireplaces, fire pits come in a wide variety of styles and can be crafted from a number of different materials, such as brick, concrete, copper, and steel. Although you can go with the traditional circular shape, a square or rectangular design will add a touch of modern elegance to your backyard.
Accessories, such as safety screens, fire glass, and roasting tools, beautify and extend the functionality of the fire pit and ensure it’s safe to use.
If you need help figuring out where to put a fireplace around your home or for more information about the different types of fire features that are available, contact Alpine Fireplaces. We’ll help you choose the perfect fireplace or fire pit for your home.