When you’re a homeowner, most of the projects you do are probably out of necessity. Maybe the roof sprung a leak, your water heater stopped working, or your kitchen needed an upgrade. However, it’s fun to also complete some projects that aren’t necessities, but make your home a place you enjoy more. Installing an electric fireplace is one of these types of projects, and it’s an easy one to bring into any home.
Unlike wood-burning fireplaces, electric fireplaces aren’t messy and don’t require you have any special supplies on hand to start a fire. Yet you still have the soothing appearance of a burning fire, plus the heat that comes from it. An electric fireplace will often work as an air purifier as well, helping keep your home smelling great and allergen-free. Here are just a few tips to make the process of bringing one into your home go smoothly.
1. Choose the Right Type: Once you’ve settled on getting an electric fireplace, you still have to choose from several types. Some fit into the space of an existing wood-burning fireplace, others hang on walls, and others can be built into a room to look just like a traditional fireplace, even if you didn’t have one before. You can even get a standalone or corner fireplace if you don’t want to put yours on a wall.
2. Decide Where to Install It: The location of your electric fireplace in the room will have a major effect on the overall ambiance. You want the space to be in close proximity to your main seating area, and perhaps even to be the focal point of the seating area. Also consider where your electrical outlets or wiring is located so you can avoid the added cost of having to install additional wiring for your fireplace.
3. Rearrange Furniture: Before decorating a room, rearrange the furniture if you need to. The fireplace may have thrown off the balance, and you need to restore it. Decide whether your fireplace or another feature, like your TV, will be the focal point of the room. Even if your fireplace isn’t the focal point, make sure it’s visible from everywhere people will be seated. Then arrange furniture into comfortable conversation spaces, placing end tables and ottomans as necessary.
4. Decorate Around the Fireplace: You want the fireplace to fit right in with the overall look of your home, and that may require some redecorating. If you chose a fireplace with a realistic appearance, consider putting a basket of wood and fireplace tools near it. Hang a wreath or painting above the mantel, and add a vining plant, candles, or small figurines on the mantel. Don’t be afraid to give your room an eclectic style with your decor, as long as you love the items and think they work together.
When you install an electric fireplace, you have the freedom to decide what type you want, where to put it, and how you want to fit it into your decor. Think through each of these choices and make intentional decisions to get the most out of your purchase. Your family and friends will enjoy gathering around your fireplace for years to come!