Will it be ready?

A fire­place gives a fo­cal point to the room as well as bring­ing warmth and colour

EDP Norfolk - - Inside -

The pres­sure is on to fin­ish projects in time for the big day

IT IS hard to believe that it is al­most a year since I moved into the cen­tre of Nor­wich. This time last year my flat was still a build­ing site! I fi­nally moved in the Fri­day be­fore Christ­mas. With that in mind I am class­ing this as my first proper Christ­mas here and am re­ally look­ing for­ward to it - com­plete with dec­o­ra­tions that colour co­or­di­nate with my dé­cor!

It can be dif­fi­cult to cre­ate a cosy am­bi­ence in open plan liv­ing spa­ces. A fire is al­ways a good way to do just that. There was a gas fire in the prop­erty when I pur­chased it, but af­ter an in­spec­tion it was noted that the flue no longer meets reg­u­la­tions. As the flue passes through the flat above be­fore leav­ing the build­ing, it wasn’t pos­si­ble to change it eas­ily. It is al­ways worth check­ing out any gas ap­pli­ances when mov­ing into a new prop­erty as safety reg­u­la­tions do change, and as ap­pli­ances age they may fail and be­come un­safe.

The al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tion was to in­stall a mod­ern flame-ef­fect elec­tric fire; these have im­proved so much over the years and I tend to use them in a va­ri­ety of projects. Per­son­ally I believe the suc­cess of the ef­fect is down to the way that they are in­stalled as part of a scheme, with the electrics planned so that they can­not be seen. A trail­ing lead ru­ins the seam­less look of the room. If you dec­o­rate the wall sur­round­ing the fire dif­fer­ently to the rest of the room it can give the same type of def­i­ni­tion as a tra­di­tional fire­place. Split faced tiles work re­ally well due to their thick­ness, as the fire sits within the tiles. The snug sit­ting area be­tween my dining space and raised lounge area is now the per­fect place to en­joy a sloe gin or two on a cold win­ter’s evening by the tree.

A cur­rent project that I am work­ing on has an eight-me­tre­long lounge that needed a large fea­ture fire but not nec­es­sar­ily a lot of heat, there­fore a panoramic elec­tric lin­ear fire was the per­fect so­lu­tion. I de­signed this into a com­plete me­dia wall cov­ered in traver­tine-ef­fect vinyl with mir­rored re­cesses at the sides for dis­play­ing pho­to­graphs and can­dles. A U-shaped sofa is be­ing made the same width as the me­dia unit to cre­ate a cosy space within the vast room. That’s just one of the last pieces that I have on my “in­stall be­fore Christ­mas” list - I had bet­ter get back to it!

“The snug sit­ting area be­tween my dining space and raised lounge area is now the per­fect place to en­joy a sloe gin or two on a cold win­ter’s evening”

Above: The fire is within the full-length traver­tine-ef­fect tiled wall

Be­low: The dec­o­ra­tions are up and Lanas­sir is ready for her first proper Christ­mas at her Nor­wich apart­ment

NOR­FOLK BY DE­SIGN Lanas­sir Lawes, Swank In­te­ri­ors, Nor­wich

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