No one combines fireplace knowledge with design expertise quite like Stylish Fireplaces. In fact, their fireplace business was born out of their interior decorating business, which they’ve run for over 25 years. They understand renovations, and have worked with countless homeowners, designers and builders over the years.
Whether you need help deciding on the right size fireplace for your room, or you just need advice on crystals vs. logs inside the fireplace, our experts have you covered. Wondering which model will best suit the design you have in mind? We can help. Got an idea for wall coverings, but not sure it will work with the fireplace you want? No problem.
Our in-house design guru is Jeanne Grier. She has personally designed hundreds of interior spaces as principal of her own decorating firm. Describe what you have in mind, and she’ll be able to picture it and help you to make it even better. She is also our wall covering expert, and loves to find new and interesting ways to decorate around our electric fireplaces. She also loves helping homeowners realize their vision of a perfect fireplace. Fill in the form below to send Jeanne your questions, with or without photos, and she will be happy to get back to you during business hours. Please note that we are in Concord, Ontario on Eastern Standard Time.
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Tips for selecting your fireplace
Size of room
A fireplace has the potential to be an elegant focal point for a room. In our experience, many people choose a fireplace that’s too small for the scale of their room. This is such a critical decision. Bring us your room measurements and ask us for advice.
Are you adding a fireplace for heating or purely for atmosphere? It’s important to consider how much heat you need, if any. For instance, as home building standards evolve to be more energy-efficient, many homeowners find that they don’t want additional heat from a fireplace. If this is the case, it would be wise to consider an electric fireplace over a gas fireplace, for more flexible heating options. The flames on an electric fireplace may be operated with or without the heater, whereas a gas fireplace produces heat whenever it is turned on.
Colour of other furnishings
Think of your fireplace as a piece of furniture or “functional art”. You want to consider styles that enhance the rest of the room, rather than a piece that just blends in.
For example, in a traditional room, consider an electric fireplace in a wood tone that complements the other woods in the space rather than matches. Or, in a more contemporary space, choose a sleek, structural fireplace that gives the impact of a piece of modern art.
Style of your home
Your fireplace should fit in with the overall “feel” of your home. If your decor is largely traditional, a minimalist wall-mounted fireplace could look out of place. Similarly, an ornate wood mantel may seem jarring when surrounded by simple furniture. Having said that, style is very personal, and you may prefer to mix things up!
Quality of your home
The overall quality of your home also informs your choice of fireplace. An “entry-level” fireplace and surround likely won’t compliment a home filled with quality furniture and fittings, but it might be perfect for a first home.
Prominence of the fireplace
If your fireplace is going to be the focal point of the room, it’s worth investing in a piece that holds attention. If you want a smaller corner model, you may want to create just a cozy nook at one end of the room.
Incorporating electronic equipment
If there is a television in the room, consider how it will be positioned relative to the fireplace. If the television is mounted above the fireplace, your fireplace should match its scale. You also need to consider how excess heat (as you may get from a gas fireplace) might affect your electronics. An electric fireplace may be safely positioned below a TV in most situations.