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Woodburning stoves make for a great addition to any home and can completely change the atmosphere and ambiance of a room. As well as an efficient and clean source of heat, a wood-burning stove should also be a focal point within a room and compliment the overall aesthetic.
Whether you want a cosy homely feel, or something more dramatic and contemporary, we’ve put together some wood-burning stove design ideas for inspiration.

How do you decorate a room with a wood-burning stove?

How you choose to decorate your room with the addition of a wood-burning stove will depend on several factors, including the style of your home, where the stove will be positioned and whether you want to achieve a modern or traditional aesthetic.

What do you put behind a wood-burning stove?

Stone and brick are popular materials to use behind a wood-burning stove if you want to achieve a rustic, natural look. However, you may wish to use patterned tiles, stone veneer or specialist fireplace chamber lining panels such as vitreous enamel. Again, what you put behind your wood-burning stove will depend on its position in the room.

How far off the wall should a wood-burning stove be?

Generally, a wood-burning stove will need at least 100mm clearance from the wall, however, it may vary depending on the stove you choose. It is worth considering a wall mounted heat shield if you are tight on space. This will allow you to safely place your stove upto 95mm from the wall even if it is made from a combustible material. When you purchase a stove from one of our recommended Charnwood Stockists, they will be able to provide the exact information for the stove you choose. They will also tell you all you need to know about finding a qualified installer.

Woodburning stove design ideas

Classic stove

If you have an alcove or fire chamber in which to place your stove, opt for exposed brick with a wooden mantel above for classic charm.

Corner stove

Wood burning stoves placed in the corner of a room with an exposed flue look great in modern homes. They also come in a variety of unique shapes and colours for you to choose from.

Make it a centrepiece

Stoves don’t always need to be against a wall. If you have a larger room and are able to run a chimney up to the roof, consider making it a centrepiece and choose something tall and dramatic with a large picture window.

Add colour or pattern

Stoves come in a range of beautiful colours. If you choose black, you can still have fun with colour and pattern by tiling the hearth or surrounding area, or even by painting the brickwork a bold colour.

Go minimal

If you prefer a more minimalist approach, choose a black or white stove against a plain neutral coloured wall.

Stone veneer

Stone veneer is an affordable way of creating a traditional and luxe-looking fireplace that works in both contemporary and rustic homes.

Industrial look

Use a metal backdrop to create an industrial, modern look that gives the feel of a New York loft. You could also create a custom structure with metal or vitreous enamel panels for something truly unique.

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A fire pit is a great addition to any outdoor space, adding warmth, comfort and functionality to your garden, balcony or terrace. It will not only ensure that you’re always warm and cosy, but you can also cook on a fire pit. They also provide a great entertainment centrepiece, all year round.

When it comes to lighting your fire pit, there are several techniques you can use to ensure that your fire pit lights and lasts. Here, we explore some top tips.

Invest in good quality, dry firewood

First and foremost, you will need to invest in good quality, dry firewood to give yourself the best chance of lighting your fire quickly and safely. If you don’t have well seasoned wood to hand Kiln Dried Logs are one of the best alternative options and can be purchased from several suppliers.

But why are they the best option? Dry firewood has a moisture content below 20%, meaning it can be used on your fire pit straight away. It will also burn much cleaner with less harmful emissions.

Hardwoods such as oak and beech are the best option for achieving a long burn and for cooking lots of different dishes. Charcoal is also considered as being a great choice for cooking with on a fire pit.

What do you need to light a fire pit?

To light a fire pit, you will need:

• Kiln Dried or well seasoned logs with a moisture level below 20%

• Matches

• Kindling sticks

• Natural firelighters

• Heat resistant gloves

How to light your fire pit

• First build a ‘Jenga’ tower of six-eight kindling sticks in your fire pit

• Next, place a natural firelighter in the middle of the tower and place some small logs at an angle across the kindling.

• Now it’s time to light the firelighter. You should leave this for a few minutes until the tower and logs are well lit.

• Add two or three more logs to your fire at a time ensuring that there’s plenty of air gaps to achieve good airflow.

Now all that is left to do is enjoy your fire!

Our top tips

Here are our top safety tips for lighting your fire pit:

• It is important to place your fire pit on a non-combustible surface such as a paving slab. Ensure there is plenty of safe space around the fire pit to allow for any ash and hot ember spillage.

• When using an open fire pit, you should make sure that children and animals are supervised at all times.

• You should never light your fire pit in a confined space or next to branches or any other object that can catch fire easily. Before you begin, it’s always worthwhile reading a safety guide.

• When lighting the fire pit, make sure that you are wearing appropriate clothing and that you keep a safe distance away from the fire.

• You should only use well seasoned ‘Ready to Burn’ wood and always keep your firewood in a log store to ensure that it is kept dry.

No matter how you light your fire, it’s important to always put safety first.

Take a look at our Charnwood Fireball – a British made, fun-to-assemble kit. Purchase one today and enhance your outdoor space.

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Fire pits offer a whole host of benefits, making them an outdoor essential that you will be able to make use throughout the year – not just the summer.

A fire pit will not only keep you warm, but it will also offer lots of other practical benefits.

Here are our top 5 fire pit benefits:

 

Light up a fire pit and enjoy the garden

Whether you’re hosting an outdoor party and enjoying the summer evenings, or you’re looking to create a striking focal point which will become the centrepiece of any social occasion, a fire pit will add function and form to your outdoor space.

Ideal for chilly evenings or creating the perfect ambience, a fire pit makes it incredibly easy to create a cosy and inviting atmosphere outdoors.

 

Dine al fresco even in winter

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a spot of al fresco dining. Whether you’re looking for a heating solution to see you through the chilly summer evenings or keep you warm and toasty on winter nights, a fire pit is a great addition to any outdoor dining space, adding warmth, style and practicality.

For those adventurous chefs, you can even cook a wide variety of food on your fire pit. Many fire pits double up as a grill. If your fire pit doesn’t already have a grill to cook on, they are relatively easy to find as an addition to your existing fire pit.

 

Socialising with friends and family

With the nation being encouraged to spend as much time outdoors with our loved ones as possible, a fire pit can make a significant difference. Adding a fire pit to your outdoor space will create a warm, toasty and comfortable outdoor environment that you can enjoy all year round with those you are closest to.

 

An extension of your home

With a fire pit, your outdoor space becomes an extension of your home where you can relax, unwind, and catch up with friends. Add some comfy seating and additional lighting and it’s sure to become your new favourite space.

 

Light up a special occasion

Fire pits are a great way to set the scene for special occasions. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, bonfire night, Halloween or even Christmas, a fire pit will add a unique touch to light up any special occasion.

Check out our Charnwood Fireball – a British made, fun-to-assemble kit. Purchase one today, enhance your outdoor space and enjoy its countless benefits.

 

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The way you stack and store your firewood is a lot more important than you may think! If you have a wood-burning stove or wood-burning fire pit, it’s important to store your firewood in the right way.

Why?

Failure to store your firewood in the right way can result in a whole host of issues, including bug infestations, problems with mould and fungus, as well as issues with your wood’s moisture levels causing it not to burn as well as you would like. For a clean and efficient burn logs should have a moisture level of below 20%. So you must keep your firewood as clean, safe, and dry as possible.

We’ve created a handy guide to answer all your questions regarding firewood storage.

 

What is the best way to store firewood outside?

Firewood is best stored outside. It should be stored neatly, with the outside of the wood exposed to the air. If possible, you should place the wood on top of plastic sheeting or in a wooden log store. Avoid tree cover if possible and don’t leave the logs in a heap.

 

Does firewood need to be covered?

Firewood should remain uncovered so it can be properly dried. However, this is not always possible, especially during the winter months where ice, snow and rain can wreak havoc with firewood storage.

With this in mind, you should invest in a good cover to place over the top of your woodpile that will protect it from the elements when needed.

 

Can you store firewood on the ground?

As a general rule, firewood should always be stored off the ground to allow for proper ventilation. A great option is to store your wood on a wooden pallet.

 

Is it OK to store firewood in a garage?

If your logs are already dry, it’s fine to store them in a garage. If they’re not dry, there won’t be enough fresh or flowing air to help them dry out in a garage environment.

 

Is it OK to stack firewood next to a house?

All firewood should be stored around 20 feet away from the nearest door to your house. If you’re planning on stacking wood next to a structure, you should always make sure that it is a few inches away from the structure to optimise airflow.

 

Why are log stores open at the front?

Most log stores have an open front to optimise ventilation. However, when the elements are against you, it’s worthwhile investing in tarpaulin to cover the front of the log store to ensure that the wood remains dry. Why? Dry firewood burns quicker and is easier to light, so however you store it, you should always make sure that it is dry.

If you’re thinking about buying a wood-burning stove and would like to find out more about storing firewood, contact Charnwood today. Our friendly, expert team are on hand and more than happy to answer any queries you may have.

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The Charnwood Cooking plate is a highly durable and versatile addition to your stove. It can be fitted to the top of a standard stove, in place of the blanking plate, to create a hot plate that’s perfect for cooking a range of tasty dishes*

The key to cooking on your stove top is in the preparation, ensuring your wood stove is hot enough and burning away nicely before you start.

If you’re looking to test out your cooking skills on your stove top, you have certainly landed in the right place. We’ve gathered some of our favourite one-pot, stove top cooking recipes that are sure to go down a treat and transform you into a culinary expert.

Here are 4 things to cook on a stove top:

1. One-skillet healthy paella

Bring the taste of Spain into your home with this delicious cuisine. Paella is a superb, social dish to cook on a stove top.

Using a single pan, you can cook a healthy paella on your stovetop, achieving a crispy finish on the bottom and a soft top, which is exactly what you want when cooking this classic Spanish dish. Start by browning off your chicken, and then add your onions, garlic and preferred vegetables. Once this is done, add rice and combine with the other ingredients. Give it a good stir and it’s good to go.

2. One-pot beef stew

The perfect winter warmer, this one-pot beef stew can easily be cooked on top of your log burner.

Add olive oil to a pan and heat. Cut the beef into bitesize chunks and sear in batches, ensure the meat has developed a nice brown crust. Set the meat aside and add onions, garlic and balsamic vinegar to the pan, then add tomato paste and the beef. Add red wine, beef broth, water, bay, thyme and sugar and stir well. Cover and leave to cook slowly for two hours. Add carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes, and leave to cook for another hour. Enjoy.

3. Stove-top lasagne

A family favourite, this stove top lasagne is super easy and incredibly tasty.

In a large skillet pan, cook mince and onion until the mince is brown. Add in onion, tinned tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, green peppers, mini lasagne sheets (or you can simply tear up standard ones), water and Italian seasoning. Stir and leave to simmer until the pasta is tender. Sprinkle cheese over the top and serve.

4. Stove-top pizza

Another Italian favourite – gather round the wood burner and prepare this tasty treat and enjoy all-year-round.

You’ll need to prep the pizza dough in advance. Cook the pizza base in a skillet pan, flipping it over so that it is golden and toasted on both sides, but not burned. Now it’s time to add the toppings – add your sauce, cheese and desired toppings before covering the pan with a lid. This step is key if you want the cheese to melt! Once the cheese is melted and bubbly, your pizza is ready to eat. Serve and watch your families’ faces light up.

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Feeling inspired to get cooking on your wood burner or stove? Please get in touch with Charnwood today. Our experts are on hand and ready to answer any queries you might have.

*Please note the stove must be fitted with a vertical rear flue adaptor in order to accommodate a cooking plate.

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A boiler stove is a sustainable and practical way to run a central heating system while adding a cosy atmosphere to your home. Wherever you choose to install your boiler stove, you can create a focal point that offers both sophistication and homely tradition that will stand the test of time.

Here, we explore all you need to know about where to install a boiler stove.

Installing a boiler stove in a living room

The living room is often the most popular location to install a boiler stove as this is where people spend a lot of time. Whether you’re watching your favourite TV series or curling up with a good book, having a boiler stove on in the background provides not only a homely ambience, but beautiful aesthetics. Modern boiler stoves offer a huge range of designs and styles, so whether your home is contemporary or traditional, you will find something to suit.

Plumbing a boiler stove into the central heating

In most cases a boiler stove can be incorporated into you existing system. If you choose to plumb your stove into your central heating to power your radiators and/or hot water, you must contact a qualified heating engineer.

Boiler stove installation for hot water supply

Once installed, you can use your boiler stove to transfer the heat from the burning fuel into hot water that can be piped and used around your household. Depending on the size of your home it can easily produce enough hot water for a full household or it can take some of the strain off your central heating system and help make things run more efficiently.

Can you self-install a boiler stove?

A boiler stove must always be installed by a qualified heating engineer. The installation needs to be done safely and according to the recommended industry standard and building regulations. Installation can vary from property to property, which is why it’s extremely important to have a professional complete the process.

Are boiler stoves suitable for kitchens?

For many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home and where people gather together to relax and socialise. A boiler stove can look beautiful in both modern and traditional kitchens, but you will need to ensure there is either an existing flue system or a location in the kitchen to install a flue pipe and chimney.

Can you install a boiler stove in a bedroom?

Yes, you can install a boiler stove in a bedroom if the size and proportions of the room are suitable. You will need to speak with a qualified heating engineer to see if your bedroom is suitable for a boiler stove.

How to choose the best boiler stove for your home

When it comes to choosing the best boiler stove for your home, you should speak to one of our recommended Charnwood Stockists who have the relevant training to provide a comprehensive pre-sales service. They can recommend the correct boiler stove for your home and provide all the information you need regarding the regulations in your area and what the installation will entail. Explore our exclusive network of stockists.

How to find a qualified boiler stove installer

We strongly recommend you purchase your Charnwood boiler stove through an official and trusted Charnwood stockist. They will be able to provide all the information you need about finding a qualified boiler stove installer and can also provide the highest standards of after-sales support.

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If you’re feeling inspired and want to find out more about the possibility of adding a boiler stove to your home, get in touch with Charnwood today. Our experts are on hand and ready to answer any queries you might have.

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If you are already the proud owner of a boiler stove, or are considering a future purchase, you will not be disappointed. Not only does a boiler stove offer a highly efficient heat source, it provides a homely ambience and a decorative and stylish focal point in your home.

If you are considering the cost-effective and energy efficient move to a boiler stove but need further information, we can help.

We have compiled all you need to know about boiler stoves, their benefits and the must-knows of this stylish and eco-conscious heating choice.

What is a boiler stove?

A boiler stove is an appliance that burns wood or mineral fuels to generate hot water and power radiators. The range of Charnwood boiler stoves are specifically designed for those wishing to run a full central heating system.

What are the benefits of a boiler stove?

Boiler stoves are a valuable addition to any home, and boast numerous benefits, including:

•  Option to link to your existing central heating system (run by oil or gas) to reduce home heating bills

•  Option to link to combi boilers, underfloor heating or solar thermal panels

•  Reduced carbon footprint

•  Looks stylish and inviting in the home

•  Available in modern or traditional designs

•  Used to heat water throughout the home

•  Generates and stores heat

How a boiler stove works

A boiler stove works by transferring heat from the burning fuel into water. This can then be piped and transferred where it is needed in the household. It can be used for both heating and/or domestic hot water.

A boiler stove can provide wood or coal fired central heating. It does this by being connected to the house heating system, usually radiators. The heat from the burning wood is then pumped around the house. If your house uses underfloor heating, the boiler stove is instead connected to a hot water tank and the underfloor heating is connected to this.

A boiler stove can be used to power your central heating system as well as providing hot water. This system will require input and knowledge from an experienced heating engineer.

Contact us for more information regarding your central heating and hot water from your wood boiler stove.

Using a back boiler for central heating

The term back boiler refers to the way in which the boiler is incorporated into the firebox itself.

It replaces the firebricks withing the stove creating an effective way to transfer heat from the fire to water.

How to choose a boiler stove

When it comes to selecting a boiler stove for your home, there are several key factors to consider:

•  Which type of boiler stove is most suitable

•  The correct size of your boiler stove – this should be calculated by an experienced engineer

•  The heat consumption and output of your stove

•  The size of your water tank

•  The level of hot water usage in your household

•  The number of radiators you have

•  Whether you have underfloor heating

Contact the experts at Charnwood for more advice on how to choose a suitable boiler stove.

How to get your boiler stove installed

A boiler stove must always be installed by a qualified heating engineer, with the skills, expertise and knowledge to ensure safe installation according to the recommended industry standard.

At Charnwood, our stoves are available exclusively throughout our network of selected stockists. We strongly recommend purchasing your boiler stove through an official Charnwood stockist, where you will receive the highest standards of installation and after-sales support. Click here to find out more.

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If you are looking to purchase a boiler stove or are keen to find out more, contact Charnwood today. Our friendly, expert team are on hand and more than happy to answer any queries you may have.

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The importance of wall protection when installing a freestanding stove

As the cold season is fast approaching, many homeowners are rushing to prepare for the winter, and one effective way is to get your fireplace ready. As you will be aware, the fireplace serves to keep you and your family warm and comfortable during the winter months. Whether it’s a wood-burning or multi-fuel burner, it produces controlled heat that can warm your home’s space.

However, did you know that a vital part of the overall equation in your wood-burning stove is the heat shield? As the name suggests, it is typically installed behind a freestanding stove and it is designed to protect your wall from heat damage. However, while most wood stoves come with heat shields, some don’t have one.

In this article, we’ll specifically cover how to set clearances and install heat shields for wood stoves:

Have adequate clearances

When it comes to a wood stove, there are two key safety features you must keep in mind – sufficient clearance and wall material behind. A properly installed and maintained wood stove can ensure the safety of your appliance. Yet, inadequate clearances can be extremely dangerous for your home.

The Fire Protection Association recommends that the common radiant-type stove must be spaced out at least 900mm (36 inches) from a combustible wall although different wood burning stove manufacturers will offer their own tested safe distances. This is extremely important as your wood stove can get very hot when in operation. As a result, combustible materials too close to the stove can catch fire. By cheating on your wood stove’s clearances, you can potentially create a fire hazard.

Reduce wood stove clearances

On the other hand, know that you can reduce the clearance of your wood stove without compromising your home safety. Although you cannot completely eliminate the clearance, you can significantly reduce it. There’s only one solution to this, and that is to install a properly constructed heat shield.

For your reference, there are various types of heat shields you may want to consider for your wood stove. Be sure to follow the guidelines set forth by the HETAS for the heat shielding requirements, from the appliance selection down to its actual installation.

Vitreous Enamel heat shields

When it comes to wood stoves, installing a wall mounted heat shield is an excellent way to reduce clearance and promote home safety. A vitreous enamel heat shield is a great solution.

Vlaze Heat Shields are designed to protect and enhance the wall behind a wood burning stove creating a modern fireplace.

The vitreous enamel panel features a dual skin that provides thermal protection and an effective convection system that distributes heat back into the room. Using their rail mounted system the heat shield is quick and easy to install and is available in 3 sizes and over 30 luxurious glazed finishes. When installed on a wall the shield reduces the stoves distance to the face of the panel to 95mm and in the case of a Charnwood stove to just 75mm – a vast improvement on HETAS regulations.

Conclusion

At this point, you now know several valuable tips for your wood stove. As mentioned above, be sure to have adequate clearance or reduce wood stove clearances by installing heat shields. Furthermore, it’s best to deal with a reliable manufacturer when purchasing and installing a heat shield for your wood-burning stove. Doing so will help you make the most of your stove, protect your home, and keep you warm during the cold season!

 

 

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Interior design can have a dramatic impact on the overall look and feel of a room, but this doesn’t always require a complete overhaul of a space – or even super matchy-matchy decor, for that matter. No, often it takes just one or two key features to transform a room from bland to beautiful.

Want to know more? Well, luckily for you, today we’ll be sharing a number of focal feature ideas for different areas of the home that are guaranteed to completely change a room’s ambience. From eye-catching staircases to cosy boiler stoves and more, we’ll show you how just one focal feature can steal the show.

1. Use stairs to create heavenly hallways

There’s no escaping the fact that most hallways simply serve the purpose of ushering people through to the more exciting rooms. However, as the gateway to your home, let your hallway be the star of the show for a change, using your stairs as an eye-catching feature.

If you have the space and budget, one idea is to install a fairytale spiral staircase. Curving around as you ascend to the next level brings something magical to a typically mundane act, as well as creating a stunning focal point for your home.

For more traditional staircases, why not use colour to accentuate their natural beauty? This could be brightly coloured carpet runners or a bold wallpaper print used on the back of stair treads. You could even go for painted stair treads or spindles in an ombre effect for a more playful look. The key here is to pair bold tones and patterns with pale, neutral hues like white, light grey or cream to allow the colours to speak for themselves.

2. Create a focal feature with fire

Fireplaces are a tried and tested focal feature in many homes, and for good reason. Back in the olden days, they were the place to gather to keep warm and cook, but in modern homes they offer the perfect opportunity to make a stylish design element – regardless of whether the fireplace is functional or not.

If you’re blessed with a traditional-style open fireplace with a mantlepiece or chimney breast, bring it bang up to date with a colourful makeover. This could be embellishing the hearth with patterned tiles or giving the fireplace itself a fresh coat of paint. If the fire isn’t usable, don’t leave it empty. Use candles, flowers or other decorative ornaments to draw the eye in and transform it from a functional element of the room to an integral design piece.

Of course, open-fireplaces aren’t your only option. If you’re looking to give your living room a cosy feel, then a free-standing stove could be the way to go. With models available in a choice of colours and styles, you can give the heart of your home that centrepiece it deserves. Finish your design with a collection of stove accessories like a funky wood basket and a sumptuous rug laid in front of the fire for soaking up that warm glow of an evening.

3. Give your kitchen the wow factor

Whatever set up you have in your kitchen, this busy room is primed for making a style statement in your home – and it doesn’t require a full-scale kitchen makeover either. Instead, pick one key feature to update and let this be the core focus of your kitchen interior.

As the workhorse of most kitchens, we love the idea of making your kitchen worktops do more than just food prep and display various kitchen appliances. With a simple countertop update, you can transform the entire look and feel of your kitchen without even having to consider replacing any other integral pieces like cabinets and appliances.

For a timeless look that can be adapted to both classic and contemporary kitchen design, sleek and elegant granite worktops are a sensible choice. Not least, they’re incredibly durable and practical, meaning they’ll stay looking pristine and beautiful for decades with minimal effort, but also the wide choice of colours gives them incredible versatility to suit almost any decor style.

4. Let original features shine through

Whether you’re updating your bedroom, living room or kitchen, sometimes you don’t need to invest in adding new decorative details to a space to give it a fresh new look. Stripping back rooms to accentuate their original features can work equally as well in altering its aesthetic.

If your property has some quirky original features like exposed brickwork, wooden ceiling beams or vintage parquet floors, let these features come to the fore. You may think this will only work if you love rustic or industrial interiors, but you’d be wrong.

Contrasting old and new interiors correctly can make these design elements even more distinctive. Think a high-end modern all-white kitchen set against a striking red brick backdrop with pops of zesty coloured accents added in to soften the look. Or an ultra minimalist bedroom design that’s centred around original wooden floors, using a cool colour palette and simplistic decor to highlight its natural beauty.

Whichever avenue you choose to go down with giving your home defining focal features, we hope this gives you plenty of ideas on how to use one or two core elements in your interior design to transform the space.

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Sophie Armstrong is a content creator for granite and quartz worktop specialists Burlington Granite who provide a full bespoke worktop solution by offering templating, cutting, polishing and fitting, all driven by 25 years of industry experience

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As the heart of the home, the kitchen is the perfect place to pay attention to when it comes to your interior design. If you love to spend time whipping up a culinary storm and dining together as a family, it makes sense that you give the kitchen the touch of TLC it deserves when it comes to decorating. In the name of creative inspiration, we’re here to help. Today, we’re looking at 3 reasons you should consider bringing a fireplace into your kitchen design - offering tips and advice along the way so you’re left with a space the whole family simply loves spending time in.

1. It can be stunning focal feature

Unlike most other rooms in the home, the kitchen serves several practical purposes, and this means that the appliances often act as the focus points in this space. While you might have an attractive looking fridge or top-of-the-range washing machine, it’s unlikely that you want to draw attention to functional appliances when you’re considering interior decor.

By bringing in a fireplace, you can accessorise the borders and hearth with fireplace tiles to completely transform the look of your kitchen and make the fireside the focal point. A wood burning stove, acts as an eye-catching feature in its own right. However, you can always add the finishing touch by having a basket of wood and any pokers or accessories beside the stove.

2. It will provide warmth in winter

When the winter months set in, home cooked food is what most of us crave. But preparing to spend potentially hours in a frosty kitchen doesn’t hold much appeal, especially when you can be sitting snug and cosy with your throws by the fire in your living room – so how do you remedy that? Bring the fire into the kitchen, of course!

Heating your home using your kitchen fireplace can also be a way to keep energy costs low. Most modern stoves today are highly efficient and very clean burning. From wood pellets and firewood to mineral fuels, there are several options available to you when it comes to using your fire, so you can spend some time figuring out the best option for your home.

3. It will create an atmosphere

Last but not least on our list of reasons for adding a fireplace to your kitchen is the atmosphere that this can create. A fireplace can add character to a room that has perhaps previously been all about being functional. While it still provides a purpose, it can be an attractive centrepiece even when not in use.

If you’re lucky enough to have space for a dining table and chairs in your kitchen, a fireplace could be the perfect finishing touch. In the winter evenings, you can light it up and allow the warm glow of the fire to bathe the kitchen in an ambient light as you eat together as a family. In summer when the fire isn’t needed, use the hearth to display candles and freshly picked flowers.

By choosing to have a fireplace in your kitchen, you can create a truly unique focal point that is practical, yet gives off bags of aesthetic appeal.

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Suhayl Laher works at Tiles Direct, one of the UK’s largest independent tile distributors and retailers – bringing design inspiration to homeowners, architects and developers.