The contemporary fireplace category is very broad and encompasses a wide -- sometimes WILD -- variety of different looks. Ranging from simple forms, i.e., squares & rectangles, with clean lines and minimal decoration
. . . such as the striking Napoleon Fireplace design pictured below . . . . .
. . . . . to all manner of unconventional shapes and sizes, the evolution of the contemporary fireplace has all but shifted to a REVOLUTION in modern fireplace design!
Not since man first cut a hole in the roof of his shelter as a practical
way to vent his primitive indoor fire space some millenia ago has
there been such a dramatic transformation in fireplace design. Advances in
technology during the past decade have revolutionized our perception
of what consti-
tutes a fireplace.
The unique looks and versatile placement options available for many con-
temporary fireplaces redefine them as design elements and home decorat-
ing accessories. No longer is the fireplace relegated solely to a wall or cor-
ner of your room, giving you much more flexibility in the overall design and layout.
As with the traditional category, the contemporary fireplace category can be broken down further into several subsets ranging from what I call "mild to wild." Given the numerous product options available today, you can go off in several different directions with a contemporary look for your room, depending upon your personal taste and style.
For example, if you're aiming for a more "conventional" contemporary look, an
Deco inspired design such as this elegant limestone mantel may be a good choice . . .
as will this simple limestone surround with straight lines and a clean face.
If you like the look of a linear flame, this striking fireplace with built-in
a plasma TV above may be the answer . . .
or, perhaps, this simple but impressive design with a commanding presence.
If you're looking for something a bit more stylish or decorative, this unusual but strik-
ing surround will truly stand out . . .
as will this design with subtle hints of Art Deco detailing.
If you prefer a more subdued look, this elegant cast stone surround practically screams urbane sophistication . . .
while this refined, hand cast
round reflects a sense of quiet restraint.
If you like the versatility of a
free standing fireplace, this simple but stunning
closed design will add drama to any room . . .
while this suspended steel orb-shaped firebox can be rotated a full 360 degrees, allowing the opening to be directed anywhere in the room.
If the space in your room is limited, a compact wall unit may be just what you need, such as this sleek stainless steel in-wall fireplace . . .
or this elegant wall-mounted unit with a limestone surround.
Up to this point, we've sampled a unique array of contemporary fireplace images. They reflect a host of different looks designed to appeal to a wide variety of personal tastes.
However, if you're looking for something ranging from just a bit less con- ventional . . . to way OUT there, you may want to take a journey to the "wild side" of fire space!
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