The role of the fireplace is to make a space feel warm and inviting and is no longer related to the heat produced by this design feature. The fireplace has become an accessory designed to serve as a focal point. It often occupies a central position in a room. There are many types of fireplaces which can be utilized in this manner.
The cylindrical shape and polished finish complement this space well [Design from Smithdesigns]The fireplace separates the living area from the kitchen and dining space [Design from Thirtybyforty]It’s common for a fireplace to serve as a space divider in open floor plans [Image from Ardesignstudio]
In some cases, the fireplace stands out as a dramatic design statement
Ceiling-hanging fireplaces can occupy a central position is a room without taking up valuable floor space. In addition to being space-efficient, a hanging fireplace also looks lightweight and makes the entire space feel open and more spacious. It suits well large spaces but also smaller rooms.
The fireplace is visible from both the dining space, kitchen and living area
When placed at the center of the social area, the fireplace stands out [Image from Benmiller design]Ceiling-mounted fireplaces are appreciated for their simplicity[Image from Diligence international]It’s possible to combine the fireplace with another accessory or furniture piece[Image from Artichoke]
Use the fireplace to introduce a new style into the room or to establish harmony
A central fireplace automatically becomes a focal point for that particular space. Considering this fact, its design should be defining for the room. Choose this piece with great care. Everything about it matters. The materials used, the colors, finishes, shapes and patterns will all become characteristics of the entire space.
There are many different ways to achieve this combo, using a variety of materialsMost often, the fireplace divider separates the living room and dining area
The design of the fireplace and the materials used impact the overall design [Image from Karlneumann photo]The fireplace can be viewed and enjoyed from both sides[Image William shortp hotography]This strategy for separating the spaces works with a lot of different styles[Image from Hmhai]
In the case of an open plan, the fireplace is positioned to that all the areas can enjoy its warmthThe charm of a fireplace can make any space feel welcoming and comfortableA stone fireplace is always eye-catching, more so if it has a central position
A central fireplace can stand out and blend in at the same time [Image from Jh interior design]In some cases the fireplace can also be integrated into a structure that supports the ceiling[Design from Hammer architects]Exposed brick fireplaces are particularly charming, giving the space a rustic feel[Design from Tate Studio]
Painted brick fireplaces can be just as charming and can double as structural elements
There are plenty of situations when a fireplace positioned at the center of a space is closely related to the layout. For example, in an open floor plan where the living room, kitchen and dining area are part of the same zone, a fireplace can serve as a link between them and can also double as a space divider or as a support structure for the house frame.
Decorate the fireplace with beautiful art to make it blend in naturallySome fireplaces can have a sculptural design meant to unmistakably stand outAsymmetrical designs are sometimes defining characteristics for contemporary interiorsAn artful fireplace can take many forms, its role always being to stand out