Living | From the hearth - Inspirational fireplaces and stoves

I love the character a fireplace can add to an interior. Older properties are likely to have a hearth in almost every room and often the challenge is to restore the fireplace to its former glory. Whether designing for traditional or modern tastes, to me the humble fireplace presents innumerable opportunities to design unique focal points.

In the room pictured above, the exposed stone wall is both a backdrop and a feature in itself. I opted for a beautiful cream enamel woodburning stove to complement the tones of the sandstone and soften the look.

Where fireplaces are no longer in use, create a feature by stacking decorative logs or simply by placing furniture nearby to create a cosy arrangement.

Mirrors bring a sense of drama to a space – the larger the mirror, the greater the impact. In the above images, the architectural lines of the limestone fireplace surround are enhanced with floor to ceiling mirrors.

The linear fireplace in this London apartment is a key feature of the sitting room. Sleek lines and an integrated wall unit are tempered with a textured grass cloth wall covering.

Take a look at our projects for more inspiring images and ideas.

Warm wishes

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