With the cold season coming there’s nothing better than being around a cozy fireplace, enjoying some good wine, hot cocoa, or tea with your family. Don’t have a fireplace? Never fear! We’ve come up with a list of the best types of fireplaces to keep you and your family all snuggly and cozy this winter.

Wood Fireplaces

Wood fireplaces for interior home comfort
A traditional wood fireplace used to be the only option, and to many homeowners, it’s still the best.

Nowadays, there are many different types of fireplaces you can get for your home. Traditional wood burning fireplaces are still considered the most stylish option for many homeowners. For others, however, the ash, dirt, and smoke created by a wood fireplace are a big turnoff. If you’re looking for something a little less messy, there are other alternatives available.

Gas Fireplaces

Gas Fireplaces in a living room or parlor
Gas fireplaces can be decorated with fake logs. Project designed by Arlon Fernandes Arquitetura

Gas fireplaces work with natural gas or propane. There are a lot of models and sizes and it can adapt easily to any environment. Most gas fireplaces come with a remote control and are great for those seeking comfort. You can control the intensity of the flame without having to get out of bed or off the sofa and furthermore, some models allow you to program operating times without worrying about waking up to turn it off.

Volcanic natural slate stone interior walls
...or volcanic stones. Project designed by Arlon Fernandes Arquitetura

For those homeowners who want convenience and cleanliness but are still looking for the rustic decor of a traditional fireplace, some gas fireplace models can be decorated with volcanic stones and fake logs made by ceramic. This way natural beauty meets practicality and modernity.

Other alternatives to gas fireplaces are hanging fireplaces and external fireplaces, which can be built in porches, gardens and pool areas. Basically anywhere you want!

Ethanol Fireplaces

Ethanol Fireplaces for exterior patio home design
Ethanol fireplaces have a great design and are great for convenience. Project designed by Arlon Fernandes Arquitetura

Ethanol fireplaces are even easier to install, because they don’t need a gas pipe. They can go in built-in furniture and can even be portable, so you can take it to any environment you want. Some models have wheels, which make them much easier to be moved around, even to external areas.

With a modern, stainless steel finish, ethanol fireplaces bring a sense of futuristic decor. These types of fireplaces also heat up a room quickly and easily and are a popular choice due to their design, practicality, and cleanliness. Watch the video of how it works here.

Electric Fireplaces

According to enthusiasts of traditional wood burning fireplaces, electric fireplaces are considered the least realistic type on the market. However, it all depends on what you need from your fireplace.

So, let’s talk about some of their features:

  • They are easy to install. All you need for an electric fireplace is an exclusive wall socket. There’s no chimney attached to an electric fireplace (so there’s no need for construction work).
  • They usually come with a remote control. You can use the remote control to choose different levels of heating. Or, if you don’t need the heating element, you can simply turn on the virtual flames to add to your decor.
  • They’re considered the safest fireplace on the market. Since there’s no actual fire with an electric fireplace, and since many brands and models have no heat coming from the front panel, these fireplaces are a great option for those who have children, pets, or for those who simply don’t want to deal with a potential fire hazard at home.

Don’t wait until cold season begins! There are plenty of fireplace options on the market. It’s time to get ready in a stylish and comfortable way. Think about it and don’t let the cold catch you unprepared.

All pictures were taken by Gillian Zampolli.

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