Fireplace inserts can be vented through an existing chimney, direct vented, b-vented, or vent free. A b-vent unit draws air from inside the home, through ports in the firebox itself. A direct vent unit draws air through a pipe from outside the home, into a sealed firebox. Direct vent models are usually more efficient and safer for todays airtight homes, since they do not use inside air or cause a conflict with range foods and bathroom fans circulating the same air. B-vent units are generally less expensive to install, but are more sensitive to air flow inside the home.
Fireplaces create an ambience and keep us warm when it’s cold outside, they are one of the coziest pieces for any room. You can create a special nook around your fireplace, it’s especially cool when you don’t have much space but want to feel the coziness and warmth sitting next to it. When I see these nooks, I only think of curling there till spring comes because they are so gorgeous! Soft seats or even daybeds next to a fireplace or hearth, cushions on the floors or dining zones next to the fire – this is the comfiest place in the world after your bed in the morning. Have a look at the ideas and design your own one.
A tastefully designed mantel is one of the most important design aspects of a living space. It’s often the first thing the eye is drawn to when entering a room. Much like the rest of our homes, the way we decorate our mantels is a direct reflection of our style. Want to update your mantel, but not sure where to begin? We’ve come up with some tips and ideas to get you on your way to a stylish display.
As fireplaces are generally made of heavy and hard-looking materials such as brick or stone, they can weigh down the look of a room if dressed improperly. To combat this, break up the masculinity of a fireplace with the soft, fluid lines of plants. A pop of green complements an array of design styles, while floral arrangements add a more feminine tone. Tall grasses are becoming increasingly popular as a relatively neutral and delicate plant that adds eye-catching height.
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