Few of us want to admit it, but winter is on its way. This isn't necessarily something to lament about, in fact, there are so many beautiful things that are synonymous only with winter. Sure, the summer months are filled with warm balmy nights, and endless outdoor activities, but can you really imagine living in a place that didn't have a distinct change of seasons each year? Autumn and winter are incredibly picturesque. The streets in October are set ablaze with burnt orange leaves, and the trees start to turn that stunning shade of charcoal grey.
Unfortunately, as the leaves fall, so does the temperature. But, this change opens up a whole new world of possibilities. The oven can be fired up again, and those precious woolen blankets can be taken out of storage. Your home will be filled with scents that are only pertinent to winter; a Sunday roast, a crisp apple pie, and most importantly, a smokey woodlog fire. Therefore, to get us in the mood for the cold, we are going to take a look at one of the most important aspects of a home during winter—the fireplace. Once upon a time, the humble fireplace could be found in every English home. And now, thanks to a shift in trends and brand new technology, we have access to a huge range of fireplace designs that are both functional, economical and above all, visually stunning. Let's take a look at some of homify UK's finest examples.
Fireplaces are no longer installed solely to heat a home. Due to the huge range of styles that have become available in the past decade, the humble fireplace now possesses a sculptural quality too. Cathy Azria from BD Designs, is a master of sculpture, and has transformed her art into functional fireplace projects. If you look closely at the image to the left, you will see that the intertwined steel forms, have been crafted in such a way to look like an abstract take on a woodfire. A surefire head turner, and a stunning piece of practical art for any home.
A fireplace does not always have to represent the traditional vernacular, in fact, as times changes, designs do too. In this case, it is great to see a classic example of a fireplace, reinterpreted in a modern and contemporary fashion. By employing strict geometry and simple material finishes, the designers at Fiveways Fires & Stoves, have created the perfect fusion between functionality and minimalism. Not all homes suit an ornate marble mantle, so it is great that new homes can reap the same benefits of a traditional fire, yet harness the best of new technologies and trends.
This style is reminiscent of a country home, and those elegant Scandinavian log cabins that we see in magazines. Just imagine, the aroma that will be omitted once a log has been thrown into the fire, followed by that wonderful crackling sound that is notorious during the cooler months. This is a great way to add a true winter style to your home. As the snow falls outside, you can be sure that your internal spaces will be the epitome of toasty-warm, and will have a certain feel that cannot be replaced by an electronic heating system. Fireplaceproducts.co.uk, have a huge range of designs to suit every taste and budget. From woodburning to gas, you can select the type of heater that suits you and your needs best.
A traditional fireplace with a hearth and mantle oozes country charm, even if it is no longer in use. In decades past, homeowners went through a phase of bricking their fireplaces up, as they were no longer considered in-vogue. We are glad to see that some have either been salvaged or kept, as original pieces possess a charisma that cannot be replicated. You can place logs, or even candles into the cavity area to create an artistic and visually stunning space. The designer has achieved the perfect rustic living room; a haven to curl up under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate.
Bringing us back to the present day is this glorious horizontal shaped fireplace. Speaking in volumes for itself, this artistic and geometrically stunning piece is sure to be the hero of any living or lounge room. The team from Koubou Interiors, has selected a fireplace that answers the style and form of the rest of the space. It is quite easy to get caught up in the myriad of available styles, so it is important that you consider, before you rush in and choose your favourite shape, the design that will suit the furniture, era and style of your home. This fireplace is the perfect height to sit on the couch with a glass of wine, and watch the flames sway. How romantic!