Cozy Fireplace Space

Peninsula 155On a chilly weekend like the one we just had, a cozy fireplace creates just the right ambience for relaxing and enjoying an evening.

You could watch a favorite program or movie on the flat-screen television above this fireplace, or maybe just settle down with a book and cup of tea or glass of wine. The extra warmth comes from the fireplace, ready to add color, heat and light to your family room. Let’s take a look at some of the design decisions that take full advantage of the fireplace in this space.

Lighted shelves: You can hold books there, but with the lighting, these shelves provide a great place to showcase favorite accessories such as glassware or framed photos. The lights echo the glow from the fireplace, adding even more warmth to the wall.

Large mantel: Placing a mantel over the fireplace and shelves connects them while providing an additional place for adding accessories. This mantel has an added touch of style thanks to the tile running under the stone top.

Peninsula 156Tinted alcove: Choosing a darker tone for the alcove holding the television adds interest and style to the fireplace wall. It also softens the line between the wall and the TV screen. This is a simple and low-cost way to add personality to a space.

Sconces: The matching sconces provide another source of light and suit the walls to either side of the television alcove.

Many years ago, people needed fireplaces to keep warm through the winter. Choosing a fireplace for your home today is more about adding an atmosphere of warmth. Plan your fireplace to add a welcoming focal point to your living or family room.