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.