Karl Lohnes on giving fireplaces some summer focus
Published Thursday, May 17, 2012 9:52AM EDT
Is your fireplace the focal point of your living room? Home décor expert Karl Lohnes shares these great ideas to update your fireplace for the summer.
1. If planning a renovation, consider installing an electric fireplace with a built-in heater option. That way you can enjoy the look of a burning fire year round with or without a heat option.
Sources: Dimplex Kendal electric fireplace in Parchment colour, $1,999. Classic Flame Phoenix wood fireplace in walnut finish, $699. Both fireplaces are available at Stylish Fireplaces.
2. If you have the cavernous hole-in-the-wall fireplace then consider using an electric log set throughout the warm weather months. Add some additional stones or logs with the log set to create a larger look in the fireplace.
Sources: Dimplex 2310 Fireplace Insert, $299. Available at Stylish Fireplaces.
3. For a modern display within your fireplace simply spray paint over a few logs and wrap them in a set of ultra-mini lights that are battery operated. This is a fun and safe way to be creative
4. Use a planter box, twigs and plants/flowers to create a tall display of fresh or artificial plantings to give your fireplace a garden look during the summer months.
Sources: Planter box arrangement made by Fresh Floral Creations in Toronto.
5. You can buy simple yet sculptural candle holders that are multi-tiered for displaying candles within the fireplace.
Sources: Pewter Fireplace Candelabra. $88, Twig Multi Pillar Holder, $125. Both items are available at Crate & Barrel.
6. A small screen is a great option to refresh the look of your fireplace. Most popular in the Victorian era, we featured a modern version using willow and fresh flowers from the florist shop.
Sources: Screen arrangement made by Fresh Floral Creations in Toronto.