Style guide: Stoves & fire­places

Get the right look with Charley Ward’s pick of the most gor­geous heat­ing de­sign ideas

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Charley Ward’s pick of the most stylish, prac­ti­cal heaters

Be­fore the ad­vent of boil­ers and ra­di­a­tors, a fire­place was an in­te­gral el­e­ment of ev­ery Bri­tish liv­ing room, keep­ing the win­ter chill at bay by fill­ing our abodes with es­sen­tial heat and light. Mod­ern in­su­la­tion, glaz­ing and cen­tral heat­ing sys­tems mean that work­ing stoves are no longer a pre­req­ui­site, but their com­fort­ing pres­ence en­sures they re­main a pop­u­lar fea­ture with home­own­ers. Here, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite stoves and fire­place trends to in­spire you, what­ever your decor pref­er­ences.

Con­tem­po­rary re­flec­tions

The Aeris hang­ing fire­place, by Co­coon Fires, would fit well in min­i­mal­is­tic spa­ces. The long, slim stem holds the float­ing struc­ture el­e­gantly in place, while the smooth curves cre­ate an un­usual fin­ish. Bioethanol fuel pro­vides clean, mod­ern power with­out the need for a chim­ney. Aeris hang­ing co­coon fire­place, £2,660, chap­lins.co.uk

Floor-to-ceil­ing wow fac­tor

Grand open-plan ar­eas present a real op­por­tu­nity to take a cre­ative ar­chi­tec­tural ap­proach to your abode’s heat­ing. A state­ment fire­place, like the Eclate Cen­tral by Fo­cus Fires, can add some real wow fac­tor to a space. When you’re choos­ing a stove for larger zones, don’t feel lim­ited to in­stalling it in a cor­ner or against a wall. Plac­ing your new fire in the mid­dle of the room can trans­form it into a cen­tral hub and cre­ate a stun­ning fo­cal point. Eclate cen­tral, £POA, fo­cus-fire­places.com

Bright and beau­ti­ful

If you’re af­ter a strong colour scheme, there are plenty of al­ter­na­tives to stan­dard grey or black stoves. A bold tone, like the Far­ring­don by Arada in Spice, can look even more strik­ing when paired with an­other strong hue on your walls or fur­ni­ture. Far­ring­don small eco, from £1,245, aradas­toves.com

Min­i­mal is more

Fires set into the chim­ney breast pro­vide sleek and un­ob­tru­sive heat­ing for con­tem­po­rary look­ing homes. Mod­els like this bioethanol unit by Planika would also work well in small rooms, as they don’t take up ad­di­tional floor space. If you’re us­ing a sim­i­lar wood­burn­ing ver­sion, a match­ing built-in log store can give a chic, un­clut­tered look to your liv­ing room. Fire line au­to­matic 3, from £6,960, bmf­s­tore.co.uk

Stand­ing tall

If you’ve got room to play with, then a big­ger fire­place will work aes­thet­i­cally while en­sur­ing the space stays heated ef­fec­tively. This strik­ing mod­ern piece by Lud­low fea­tures a full height flue and dou­ble-sided glass dis­play, so that the flames stay on full view, re­gard­less of whether the stove is set in a cor­ner, against a wall or in the mid­dle of the room. Choose from a bold red or pure white fin­ish. For­tuna dou­ble sided, £2,475, lud­low­stoves.co.uk

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