For many people, when they envision a fireplace, the mantel above it is a key feature. It’s where keepsakes, family photos, and other decor are displayed. It’s a place where seasonal decorations come out of storage once a year to spark fond memories. In many homes, the mantel is the centerpiece of the room.Read More
Whether you have designed an open floor plan that could use a little structure or your client simply wants a statement piece in their home, a Space Creator Fireplace is an excellent solution. Rather than sitting flush against a wall, Space Creators extend perpendicularly from the wall or stand alone in the center of a room, creating separation and two distinct spaces.Read More
Unlike traditional fireplaces, which have certain design limitations, modern fireplaces allow you to work with a broad range of floor plans. Whether a client wants the fireplace to be a focal point of the room, an accent feature that blends in when not in use, or a functional feature that provides heat, where it fits in the floor plan matters.Read More
Many homeowners desire a space with a luxury fireplace as the focal point, especially when designing a new home. However, the limitations of conventional fireplaces can impact your ability to bring the design vision to life. Factors such as clearances and heat barriers can alter the intended design or prevent clients from using the space in the way they envision. For example, with a conventional fireplace, they might not be able to safely hang artwork or a television above it.
Cool Wall Technology opens up new possibilities, allowing you to design with more freedom. It also provides several long-term benefits to clients that go beyond the look and feel of luxury.Read More
Living room design has evolved over the decades from formal sitting rooms to a nexus of family entertainment to casual multipurpose rooms. One common thread throughout this evolution is that living room design is centered around creating spaces for people to gather. The elements in the space, finishes, and style of furniture all influence the look and feel of a living room. Whether the intent of the design is to create a strong first impression, to provide a cozy study space for the kids, to entertain guests, or all of the above, consider incorporating some of these five contemporary living room design ideas into your home.Read More
In a previous post, we talked about how to upgrade your mantel so that it belongs in the 21st Century. Now it’s time to modernize the rest of your fireplace with the latest designs and the most up-to-date technology. Whether you have a Traditional Fireplace complete with a mantel and hearth, or a contemporary Tunnel Fireplace with a see-through design, the following features and add-ons can give you more beauty, safety, and comfort.Read More
Between the merely functional and the purely aesthetic lies the true home. Those spaces that invite you in, then make you feel safe, comfy and relaxed. The rooms that appeal not only to the eyes, but to the whole person. But what does it? What separates a pleasant room from a practical room? How can you design a space that’s as welcoming as it is stunning? From a wall fireplace to a chunky wool blanket, here are a few ideas that can help you achieve that “lived-in” quality.Read More
Frameless fireplaces may not be new—Ortal has been perfecting the look for decades—but they still represent the future of modern fireplace design. Of course, every designer has his or her own take on upcoming trends—that list of hot styles, colors, and materials that will make 2018 a year to remember—but with their infinite design possibilities and modern look, Ortal’s frameless fireplaces can accommodate any vision.Read More
When your ancestors installed a fireplace, they were looking for one thing: heat. When your great-grandparents built theirs, they not only wanted warmth, they also hoped to create a cozy, homelike atmosphere. Over the past few generations, fireplaces have lost none of their age-old appeal. Modern fireplaces still bring warmth and cheer. They still act as focal points around which we can gather, but, these days, they also impart a little something else: style. Nothing exemplifies that trend better than the floating hearth.