By Laurence Schlicher. Fireplace. At Wednesday, September 04th 2019, 00:14:19 AM.
Not only does a contemporary fireplace instantly become a breathtaking focal point for any room, but with new advances in energy efficiency, they have never been so cost-effective. Many people are choosing to go with direct-vent fireplaces, or have direct-vent inserts placed in their existing fireplaces. These direct vents remove the combustible elements of a fire while still retaining warmth and radiating heat. They are a great, eco-friendly way to get the most out of your fireplace. The best part is, they work with just about any design!
The long, narrow shape and sturdy steel construction of this modern design ensure that a maximum of heat radiates throughout the room. Its beautiful, long lines are the perfect addition to high ceilings, while the width of the hearth itself makes a room seem full of warmth and comfort. Dipping down into a sunken seating area, this fireplace creates an instantly inviting area for entertaining or lounging. Offset the stark black with quirky furnishings and pops of color for a unique, personal atmosphere.
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Shake things up at home by painting an old, red brick fireplace a bold and unexpected shade. Jennifer, the crafty do-it-yourselfer behind The Suburb Experiment, pulled off the look of Staffordshire brick, which is a gorgeous shade of blue, using paint. The trick behind this project is using paint to tint the bricks instead of thickly covering them with flat color. To do the blogger combined one part blue paint and one part white paint with around four parts of water. Then she applied the homemade color wash to each brick using a brush. Then, before the paint dried, she wiped off the excess color using a clean, dry rag.