Room dividing chimneys, otherwise known as fireplace room dividers or two way fireplaces, are a stunning addition to any home. No matter what the theme or style of the house, you can be sure that the chimney will be a stand-out feature in whatever space it has been placed. Room dividing chimneys provide more than one purpose: though they are aesthetically stunning, they serve an entirely practical function, too. Aside from providing warmth in winter, they cleverly divide a room without it feeling overwhelming, all the while adding a certain charm, and providing additional storage space for the occupants. Though they are most commonly placed in living rooms to provide intimate, cordoned off areas, room dividing chimneys can be made to feel very much at home in the bedroom, home office and even the bathroom. From geometrically minimalist, to rustic and homely, we have a selection of room dividing chimneys that are sure to inspire you! Take a look…
For those devoted to minimalist style, you can still have the comfort of a room dividing chimney in your living room. As you can see, the wall cleverly divides the space in the foreground from that of the back, yet in a subtle and unobtrusive way. Seamlessly set into the wall, Stovax Heating Group have the the Stovax Riva™ Studio inset wood burning fire available for purchase in four sizes, with a variety of different framing material including glass, steel, ceramic and stone.
We absolutely love this example from Lisa Melvin Design as it mixes a contemporary room dividing fireplace with a country style feel. The landscape painting set in gilded gold frame is in total contrast to the sleek form of the fireplace, yet it works! If you look closely, there are many elements in this space that do not match, but credit goes to the designer as the retro chair, modern bookshelf, Scandinavian style fireplace and colonial style painting all tie in together brilliantly. Through the glass, you can also see the room on the other side of the fireplace, which adds a little mystery…
For those who want to maintain a sense of openness and an expanse of light in their living rooms, you can opt for a half height room dividing chimney instead. Painted in an subdued shade of orange, this fireplace doubles up as a TV storage unit, too. Given that the natural light flows in from the floor-to-ceiling glazing to the left, it makes sense to keep the nature and form of the room as fluid as possible. It is also possible, thanks to Simon Winstanley Architects, to have such an incredible feature with a very minimal carbon footprint. So in this case, it's a win-win situation for both the occupants and the environment!
This beautiful room dividing chimney is part of a barn conversion project by Yorkshire Design Associates. This luxury renovation brings many seemingly unmatchable elements together to outstanding effect. As such, we deem the interior of this space eclectic, as it is a melange of contemporary, bold and rustic elements. The room divider in this case is jam-packed with features, including a recessed TV, large fireplace, as well as a storage unit. Though the design is sleek and minimal, we do love the contrast against the characterful wooden beams and rafters that line the ceiling.
It seems that room dividing fireplaces are a favourite feature in barn conversions, as this raw, charcoal coloured example fits into this rustic style living room to great effect. Completed by Hudson Architects, the contrast provided by the white walls, timber panels, grey divider and sky blue couches work magically together despite their obvious differences. We're besotted by the unfinished quality of the dividing wall and are marvelled at how it's possible that such a stoic feature blends and doesn't overshadow any of the other elements.
As part of the Bury Road project by David James Architects & Associates, this home is a visualisation of a home that is soon to be constructed. As you can see, a room dividing fireplace has already been considered in the design process; and we're not surprised why. Separating the kitchen and living areas, the fireplace adds a certain charm to such a modern living room, providing a much needed element of warmth and comfort that can sometimes disappear from such sleek design.
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