At Stylish Fireplaces, we’ve been designing homes and offices around fireplaces for over 20 years. Here are some tips to help you pick the best option.
Before you visit our showroom
- Take detailed measurements of your entire space, including the wall on which you want to place the fireplace, as well as the rest of the room.
- Make a list of any obstacles, such as windows, doors, closets, etc.
- If you are purchasing an insert, measure the width, height and depth of the opening of your existing fireplace
- Bring fabric and paint swatches, if possible, and a sample of the wood colour (if any) in the room
- Take photos of the room. Save time and email them to us ahead of your visit!
Bring your design questions to us and our expert staff will be pleased to discuss your options.
Tips for selecting your electric 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.
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 electric 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 will seem jarring when surrounded by simple furniture.
Quality of your home
The overall quality of your home also informs your choice of fireplace. An “entry-level” fireplace and surrounding likely won’t compliment a home filled with quality furniture and fittings. But a more simple choice might be perfect for a seasonal cottage.
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.
Consider a Custom Design
Our many years of interior decorating experience make us well-versed in custom design. If we can’t find a ready-made solution for your room, we will be happy to help you design a custom mantel or built-in cabinetry. Making over an existing fireplace? We can help you get the most out of your fireplace makeover, with suggestions for finishing materials and fireboxes. We have expert contacts with contractors to help make your dream fireplace a reality. In fact, we offer full-service interior design services when you want more than a fireplace makeover. Call us today to book an appointment, or visit our showroom for more information.