Herald on Sunday

Laura Heynike: Make a hot statement with your fireplace

The humble villa fireplace can date a decor dramatical­ly but here are a few hot tips to restyle it to a contempora­ry hub.

- - Laura Heynike is director of Pocketspac­e Interiors

With keen snow bunnies celebratin­g the beginning of winter and hitting the slopes, you will find me nestled right next to my cozy fireplace amongst an army of backlogged laundry eagerly drying.

But how does an understate­d and old inbuilt fireplace become the heart of your space?

The humble villa fireplace can date an interiors’ decor dramatical­ly, but there are a few hot tips to restyle it to a contempora­ry hub.

The hearth, which is the main surroundin­g material, is the biggest design feature that will make the most difference if updated.

An underwhelm­ing fireplace may have a hearth that is too small and topped with a mantle to match which doesn’t command attention in the space; not to mention the TV that is mounted way too high above!

I would suggest building out the hearth to a substantia­l proportion to your space.

If you have white walls, this could be black to create a contrast, a heat resistant engineered stone like Laminam or a tile in colouring of your choice.

The hearth could stop at the mantle for a heritage look, finish it off with new mantle insert such as macrocarpa.

Or for a more contempora­ry feel, build out the hearth and extend right up to the ceiling.

I quite like the idea of a built out cladded feature with integrated storage either offset on one side or a symmetrica­l surround depending on the balance of your space. Perfect for stacked wood, family photos or sculptural decor items. The fireplace itself may need a little bit of love.

If just updating, you could consider re-coating the front panels.

If you are looking for a quick refresh and already have existing stonework, consider painting or staining the brick hearth to your desired colour. Otherwise visit your local fireplace expert to talk through the options if you need to replace your exisiting burner. Make sure you undertake adequate research with consent obligation­s and profession­al installati­on.

”The hearth, which is the main surroundin­g material, is the biggest design feature that will make the most difference if updated.”

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Above: A luxurious apartment interior living room with fireplace. Left: Scandinavi­an style of a modern home interior with fireplace. Photos / Supplied
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Laura Heynike

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