Design Matters | Fireplaces for the Winter

Contemporary Bedroom design by Orange County Interior Designer Michael Fullen Design Group

Now that winter is coming up, it is a good time to think about giving the fireplace a face lift. The photo above is a great idea. Consider changing the proportion to a wider, elevated fireplace for a lounge like atmosphere.

Fireplace Remodel by Forward Design Build

Consider placing a television of to the side, on a swivel mount. It won't be the focal point and draw attention away from the fireplace, but will still be easy to watch.

Contemporary Living Room design by Seattle Architect Garret Cord Werner

A fireplace is a great place to explore materials that may not fit in other areas of the house. This example features a small stone fireplace surround with wood paneling on either side. Spot lights cast a gentle light to highlight the fireplace.

Modern Family Room design by New York Architect Eisner Design LLC

Built in storage and display can be integrated into a fireplace as a whole wall feature as in the example above. The bench is also a great feature to incorporate, especially for those who entertain frequently.

Contemporary Living Room design by San Diego Interior Designer REGINA KURTZ

For those room tight on space, a flush mounted fireplace with no mantel is a clean and contemporary