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Modern fireplaces serve as a compositional center that is in harmony with the overall design of the home. Nowadays, such structures are installed to decorate the interior, or to heat the space.
Moreover, this image will be different for everyone. This is because the perception of modern fireplaces is associated with a reflection of themselves and the choice of a certain design that corresponds to their character traits and type of temperament.
Varieties of fireplaces
Let’s take a closer look at the main types:
Built-in, such structures are designed and built simultaneously with the laying of the walls of the house, because the main parts of the structure are built into the wall. In private households, a fireplace is located in any desired place together. Usually it is installed in the living room or bedroom, less often in the dining room, where the firebox design is complemented by a hob for cooking and heating food.
Fireplaces in a modern style are adapted for a special fireplace room designed for rest and relaxation.
- To enjoy a live fire, the firebox is created in an open type, while it is desirable to protect it from sparks with a refractory glass screen.
- A closed firebox is used in structures designed for space heating.
A firewood storage is usually created near the fireplace, it can be made in the form of a special niche or woodpile that complements the existing style.
Their functionality determines the location in the room and the type of fuel used.
The main condition for installing any fireplace is safety during its operation.
Wall fireplaces can be installed in a built house, while the chimney is mounted to a thermally protected wall.
In these designs, one of the walls forms the back of the firebox. During installation, it is important to reinforce the base under the floor, as they have significant weight.
Wall models take up a lot of space, so they are installed in spacious rooms: living rooms, bedrooms or in a fireplace room.
When choosing these models, remember about safety:
- drafts should not be allowed, as accidental ignition from a spark is possible;
- the wall adjacent to the fireplace must be made of fire-resistant materials;
- close the firebox with a door or, if the fireplace is open, use a protective screen.
The portal is decorated with marble, natural stone or artificial tiles. For modern models, finishing with concrete or metal is used. Designs lined with tiles that convey the European style and color are coming into fashion.
Above the portal, a mantelpiece is equipped to accommodate photographs, souvenirs and accessories.
Corner fireplaces are also built-in, where part of the structure is deepened into both side walls, and wall-mounted.
Such models are the most practical in terms of saving living space, they take up little space and are installed in any corner of the house. If the design is correctly installed in the central room and has a closed firebox, then it heats several rooms at once.
Island fireplaces are mounted in the center of the room so that it can be seen from all sides. Fuel can be not only firewood and pellets, but also natural gas.
An important condition for such models is the construction of a chimney, brought out a few meters above the roof ridge, for stable draft.
Island structures look spectacular with panoramic open or closed fireboxes that allow you to enjoy the fire from different sides.
They are installed at a distance from the walls, so they are placed in spacious rooms or when dividing rooms into zones.
According to the types of placement, floor and suspended are distinguished. These models serve as the main decorative center for the interior of the space — they are unsuitable for heating, since the efficiency indicators are very low.
Electric fireplaces for modern interiors
Electric fireplaces are the best and budget option for a city apartment or a country house. A modern fireplace in the living room interior is most often a decorative element; heating a room with its help is energy-consuming and inefficient.
They are easy to use and create a beautiful semblance of fire. They have several control modes:
There are two main types of electric fireplaces:
Multimedia fireplace equipped with a monitor and 3D graphics. Shows a blazing hearth with burning logs and sparks. You can choose different sounds for crackling firewood. The attractiveness of such models lies in the display of the image, without turning on the heating, which is convenient to use in the summer.
Imitation of live fire using water vapor and light reflections, such models recreate smoke and volumetric flames using innovative technologies. Realism is carried out due to halogen lamps, highlighting the released steam.
Due to the available electricity instead of fuel and the absence of smoke exhaust structures, electric fireplaces are convenient and affordable for interiors in modern houses or apartments.
Variety of styles
The design of modern fireplaces is very diverse. Among them there are cozy designs corresponding to the country style, fireplaces lined in modern style, high-tech, as well as impressive portals made in the traditional classical style.
Fireplaces, which have a classic style, are usually floor-standing and placed next to the wall. The facing of the portals uses natural wood, stone or imitation of these materials. Nearby you can place a woodpile with firewood and fireplace accessories as in the photo:
A high-tech fireplace usually has a wall-mounted design, although there are wall-mounted and built-in designs. They are characterized by unusual solutions, various shapes and configurations, emphasizing the originality of style and bold experiments. Portals are made of plastic of various colors, glass or metal case. In the photo you can see a living room with a fireplace of this style:
Biofireplaces in a modern interior
A separate place among modern fireplaces is occupied by an innovative type of hearth — a biofireplace. It runs on ecological fuel — ethanol, which does not emit soot and toxic odors during combustion, so there is no need to install an additional hood.
The advantages of biofireplaces include:
- compact size and original shape;
- mobility, it is installed anywhere, at a short distance from objects.
Among them are mini-fireplaces, which can be located on the bar, shelf or coffee table.
The disadvantages of these models include:
- the need for strict compliance with fire safety equipment;
- high cost of fuel.
Biofireplaces gain their popularity due to the presence of natural fire, which can be placed in the portal of any style and interior.
At the end of this article, a few key points should be mentioned:
- Structures that run on natural fuels require mandatory equipment for a chimney or exhaust of combustion products, so they are usually installed in private households.
- Fireplaces with a chimney serve not only to decorate the interior, but also are a source of additional heating. This is possible when equipping the hearth with a closed firebox. There are practical models with a water circuit that completely heat the entire floor of the house.
Among the huge number, it is very difficult to choose your only and original fireplace that will delight every day and deliver aesthetic pleasure.
Models change with the course of fashion, but designers in a timely manner strive to offer you interesting options for any space, combining unusualness and classic beauty.