Fireplace ideas for cosy nights in

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As seasons change and cold nights creep slowly in its time to think about heating your home. And, what is more cosy and inviting than a fireplace and the flickering flames of an open fire? Whether it is real or artificial, an ambient glow will give your room a warming and appealing atmosphere.

Gas fires and electric fireplaces are quick, clean, easy to control and energy efficient. They are a practical option for new builds and those who want to create an atmosphere but don’t have a chimney for smoke outage. Simply choose a version with a balanced flue as it only requires fitting through an outside wall. The same goes for electric versions which are even easier – most styles simply plug into a socket with minimal effort.

Woodburning stoves are a great choice for those who are looking for the traditional touch but without the mess. They have the performance and fuel efficiency to heat your home effectively and are economical as heat is encaptulated so less escapes up the chimney. There is also a wide choice of stoves on the market from super contemporary made from sleek steel to traditional cast iron in an array of colours.

And, lastly but not least there is the time-honored traditional open fire. Whether coal or log fuelled, there are few things as comforting as gathering around an open fire; the sight, sound and aroma plays on all your senses and creates the perfect place to hunker down in comfort and never leave.

Image credit: Tim Young

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