Fireplace Inspiration for your Home

One of the things I regret about our house renovation is our fireplace.

Looking back, it’s so easy to say, I should have done this, that and the other. But realistically we just didn’t have the money at the time. We’ve replaced the whole of the downstairs: all re-plastered, re-wired, repainted, new flooring, new kitchen, everything.

So sometimes, you can’t decide to spend £1000 on a new fireplace. I’d love a real log burner. There’s nothing like sitting in front of a real fire: the smell, the look, the feel, everything.

The big problem with our fireplace is that the lintel sits quite low down. I would have preferred a larger space in the wall for the fire to sit in, but trying to drill through a lintel is hard work, and also slightly dangerous as you don’t want to weaken the structure.

 

Empty living room with no carpets or skirting board. Fireplace in the centre back wall.

 

You can see how the fireplace looks now on my Instagram! I’m not unhappy, but I’d love a large log burner in that space, filled with spare logs.

Fireplace Inspiration

There are so many different types of log burners and stoves you can have, and companies that do all sorts of different styles, shapes and sizes. If you’re based in Scotland, you can head somewhere like Stove Scotland, a reputable company who install wood burning stoves in Edinburgh.

 

You can get the traditional Farmhouse look by combining a brick wall with a built in logburner like this one:

 

Brick surround with log burner in the middle on a slate hearth.

 

Or you can get tall ones that don’t have a flue out the top:

 

Modern log burner that's tall and narrow with no flue.

 

There are so many options, depending on the size of the space you have and how much heat you want/need. A log burner is definitely something we’ll look at for the future. They’re so loved in the UK that it’ll work in your favour as a selling point when you do come to move. I’d probably want to take my fireplace with me!

They’re absolutely a sound investment for any home.

Of course, Pinterest would be my first place to look for fireplace inspiration. I found this picture from Karen at Making Spaces. Just look at those daring black walls combined with the black log burner and exposed brick behind.

 

log burner with dark walls

 

Your fireplace is the focal point of your room. The eye should be drawn into the room and you do this by dressing your fireplace suitably. Karen demonstrates this perfectly by adding a large piece of artwork as well as accessories on the hearth.

 

Whatever you choose to do with your fireplace, never be afraid to go bold as it’s a space that can take it.

 

 

*Collaborative post

Six Décor Changes To Make a Big Impact In Your Home

Fed up of your home? Here are Décor Changes To Make a Big Impact on your homes’ interior.

If you want to give your home a bit of a redesign before the festive season begins, we’re giving you some ideas! However, it’s pretty understandable if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on it.

A brand new kitchen design, for example, can be expensive and will take quite a while to get done. While it will make an impact to the home, it isn’t going to be top of the list for things to do around the house.

So here are some decor changes to make a big impact on your home, without it having to take too much time to get it done. Have you got plans to renovate or redecorate before the year is through?

Create Scale

Some of the most stunning show homes have something in common; each room creates scale.

An oversized lamp in a living area could be just the thing to make a big change. Or perhaps a large sofa that takes up a lot of the room. A grand super king bed in a bedroom could be an option too. For this kind of thing, you can just work with what you have already. It could be placing an indoor plant on a box or putting a lamp on a shelf. It is all about creating scale and it can make some dramatic changes.

 

Consider Accessibility

Accessibility can work in a number of different ways, depending on your situation at home and who lives there.

You could add in something like a lift from The Terry Group as a practical feature, or even just a way to add value.

The front of your house could be considered for accessibility too; do you have a lot of stairs to climb to get to your front door? You can have fun with this kind of thing too, if you have children, for example. A slide alongside your stairs could be a fun way to have things, as well as a new driveway or wider doorways.

Some of these are on the grander scale of things, but some of them really aren’t and could be simple to do, but they create a big impact on the home.

 

Create a Photo Wall

A wall for artwork, quotes, and photographs is a great way to completely change the look of a room, or even just a stairwell or hallway.

It is like repainting the wall, but with texture and colours from the prints. You can make this work for you and choose things to be as subtle as you would like. If you have children, framing their creations and making a wall of their artwork could be fun in a playroom or child’s bedroom. It doesn’t take much, but will make a dramatic change.

 

Rearrange Furniture

One of the simplest things that you can do, without having to spend a penny, is to simply rearrange the furniture that you have in your home.

Could your bed fit alongside a different wall, for example? How about making your sofas look more like an L-shape, rather than facing each other? You don’t have to use the shape of the room if you don’t want to; you can create your own walls by where you place furniture. Look online for some ideas, and take some measurements before you start.

 

Jazz Up a Fireplace or Mantel

If you have a fireplace or mantel in your living or dining area, then what have you done with it so far? For many people, it can be something that accumulates junk on top of the mantel or dust in the fireplace.

But you can really make these things a statement area by jazzing them up with some accessories. Changing it up seasonally can be a good idea too, so you can create a different look and use of colour.

 

Bring the Outdoors Inside

Adding colour with greenery from the outside, as well as florals, is a great way to get a pretty inexpensive pick-me-up. It doesn’t have to be an expensive indoor tree. But a few branches or a planter can make a big difference to the look and feel of the room. It can create an instant cosier look as a plant can round off harsh corners in a room, as well as add colour.

 

These are just some decor changes to make a big impact. Have you done any of the above before? What has been the most daring thing you’ve done in your home in the past? Would love to hear in the comments.