A 'Hot' Future for Fireplaces

Written by Sandra Powell
Updated April 11, 2016
modern metal fireplace in loft
This modern metal fireplace creates a warm atmosphere in a contemporary setting. (Source: Shutterstock)

Want to update your fireplace? Try something new like a hanging fireplace pod or a glass cutout fireplace.

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Fireplaces act as the heart of a home. Update your fireplace to add new life and spark. The most important part of design requires not being afraid to try new things!

Chic hanging fireplace pod

The hanging fireplace pod proves one of the hottest, up-and-coming fireplace trends. While the older, yet classic fireplaces can be welcoming, this new design creates an atmosphere of chic luxury.

black pod fireplace hanging from ceiling in living room
Hang a black fireplace pod from the ceiling in your living room to create a cozy room and make a statement. (Source: Shutterstock)

Fireplace turned room divider

While a plain fireplace against a wall seems like the traditional approach, spice up your living space by using a fireplace as a room divider. These creative fireplaces can help keep areas, such as the living room and kitchen, separate while still creating a welcoming look from the see-through inset.

Double-sided glass fireplace used as room divider
Enjoy a double-sided glass fireplace from the kitchen and living room. (Source: Shutterstock)

Fireplace storage disguise

If you want to boost storage, add some shelves or cabinets to the side of the fireplace for an organized, stylish design. Don't be afraid to get creative and think outside the box when designing the shelves.

Wood-burning fireplace with wood stored on side
Store wood in a creative way by creating a special niche for it. (Source: Shutterstock)

Glass-cutout fireplace

Glass fireplace cutouts in walls keep the square design of a traditional fireplace, while adding a flash of modern to your home's decor. The three sides of glass create a welcoming feel to any room, and provide various storage opportunities and functionality.

Whether this fireplace separates two rooms or maintains its focal point on a single wall, this hot new trend will make a bold impression on your guests!

Modern cut-out style fireplace with clean lines
A modern, cut-out style fireplace adds a clean-line look to any room. (Source: Shutterstock)

Refined, wood-burning fireplace

Adding a nook next to your fireplace offers a creative way to improve storage. This design lets your firewood double as decor with its creative placement and structure, and you don't have to limit the storage-focused design to firewood. A small bookshelf or reading nook raises your fireplace design from drab to fab.

Stone fireplace in bedroom with high ceiling
Keep your bedroom nice and toasty with a stone fireplace and chimney that reaches to the ceiling. (Source: Shutterstock)

By incorporating old concepts with modern designs, bring new life to a room. Don't be afraid to experiment; just remember to be safe.

Whether you bring style to your home with a glass cut-out room separator or a stone slab statement, make sure the concept works for the space. Design is always evolving. Have fun and be safe as you participate in the change.

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