Homes+ (Australia) - - STYLE & DECORATE -

If your fire­place has an elon­gated man­tel­piece like this home then you have the per­fect stage to show off your cre­ative flair. When de­sign­ing or in­stalling a new fire­place, con­sider this look to add in­ter­est and play with the nat­u­ral “lines” of the fire­place and its sur­round­ing walls.

Place pictures on the man­tel­piece rather than hang­ing them on the wall to cre­ate a re­laxed vibe. Then add in­ter­est­ing pieces on ei­ther side, mix­ing up size and place­ment for a slightly lay­ered look. Re­mem­ber to in­clude sculp­tural ob­jects – there can never be enough of these in a home! Play with the shapes, us­ing a few or­ganic and round ob­jects to con­trast with the straight lines of the fire­place.

At a price it’s also pos­si­ble to en­joy the look and feel of a real fire with­out the in­stal­la­tion is­sues of a stan­dard fire­place with flue or pipe con­nec­tions. Com­pa­nies such as EcoS­mart Fire have a range of easy-to-in­stall fire­place mod­els which use clean-burn­ing bioethanol. The fuel is con­tained in­side an easy-to-fill metal con­tainer and doesn’t re­quire any flue or pip­ing to re­move fumes. Mod­els in­clude boxes for in­stal­la­tion into wall or cabi­net cav­i­ties and fire­place grates to con­vert ex­ist­ing wood or gas fires.

Clean lines This free­stand­ing stain­less steel fire­box is from EcoS­mart Fire’s As­pect range.

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