It’s a long winter, so a fireplace is a must! Unlike North American homes, Scandinavian fireplaces do not usually take center- stage in the middle of one wall. They were never meant to be ornate centerpieces with mantles to decorate. Rather, these fireplaces were functional and meant to provide warmth and a place to cook.
Have a faux fireplace? Or maybe you don’t want to burn anything? Take candles! Candles are an awesome way to bring subtle charm and coziness! We’ve rounded up some cool displays to transform an under-utilized space into something that gets praise from your family and guests. Logs are number one as a candleholder in this case as they perfectly imitate real fire; if you are worried about safety, then take faux logs. A fireplace screen is a refined idea to display candles in a romantic way – choose the design that suits your interior. Got some lanterns? Use them for your fireplace candle display! Depending on the styling, they’ll actually fit any season and still give off a homey, cozy feel. Find more ideas below and get inspired!
A vent free gas fireplace has no outside venting and is not an option for wood, pellet or coal burning inserts. Many new fireplace inserts are equipped with a blower for even heat distribution and can be thermostatically controlled. The inserts are made with steel plate or cast iron. The front is sealed with a glass door that allows for an enjoyable viewing experience and increases efficiency by making the insert air tight.
One important element of mantel decorating is how you balance your objects in the space. Symmetry brings your eye across the mantel, which is better for a more streamlined, simple approach. For homes with a more classic and conservative aesthetic, this is a popular look. If you prefer a more modern style, vary the height of your accessories to achieve the look that best fits your personality. You’ll also want to pay attention to scale so that your statement pieces don’t overwhelm the space. Play around with different shapes, textures and colors to discover the right proportions. You may be surprised how much you like the look of a bold pop of color or a tall statement piece.
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