With the winter months creeping up around the corner, now is an excellent time to consider installing a fireplace in your home or office reception for an elegant, chic aesthetic that also brings warmth and comfort to the space.
Richard Miller, the architectural advisor at fireplace manufacturing and designing company Escea, shares his industry insider-knowledge on the latest trends and design sensibilities about fireplaces – and it appears glass front fireplaces are taking the design world by storm.
Contemporary glass fireplaces have been adapted in all manner of creative ways, ensuring each application makes a stylish statement. Richard notes that double sided fires used as room dividers are particularly trendy, as the flames can be glimpsed from both rooms – this is a popular option to split up a lounge and kitchen.
Cantilevering ‘box’ fireplaces are also in vogue, jutting out into the room with nothing below them to create an edgy illusion of hovering or weightlessness. Free-standing installations with a hidden flue are also considered chic right now. A common theme blazes through each of these – minimalism. As homes are becoming increasingly minimalist, the aesthetic of a rustic fire is evolving to such sleek alternatives.
“Surprise is a key design aesthetic. Keep an eye out for individualist, unique fireplaces that stand out and surprise viewers,” suggests Richard.