A contemporary electric fireplace is a stylish and convenient alternative to the more conventional gas and wood burning fireplaces . . . . .
A great way to update the look and feel of any room, the installation of an electric fireplace provides a quick and cost-effective means of giving your home's interior a face-lift without spending a small fortune or dealing with the construction mess and delays typically associated with a home remodeling project.
Easy to install, it can generally be
up and running within minutes. All that's needed is a standard 120
volt electrical outlet to plug into, a quick turn of the dial to the "On" position, and WAL-LAH! . . . . . . . . instant heat and "flames!"
This is possible because most mod-
els are completely self-contained
and available either as wall-hung units that can simply be hung on
the wall like a picture frame, such
as the striking contemporary exam-
ple at right, or portable freestand-
ing designs such as the example pictured below left. Even those
models designed to be partially re-
cessed into the wall, such as that
pictured in the example below right,
can generally be installed in a rel-
atively short period of time, as they
don't require a chimney or any other
form of venting to the outside.
Following are more examples of portable freestanding designs. Though all are
in style, each is distinctive and uniquely different from the others. For example, the design pictured below
left (top row) has a raised hearth with a lighted recess, while the example at right rests on the floor and has
a European style, vertically oriented firebox opening. In the bottom row at left, the soft amber glow in
the sculpted recess be-
hind the firebox frame is achieved with cleverly concealed lighting. My personal favorite, pictured at bottom right, extends the graceful curve of the elegant fire grate to both legs of the mantelpiece.
The two wall-hung units pictured below have face plates or firebox sur-
rounds that project from the wall to conceal the source of the illumination from behind.
While the following wall mounted models don't rely
on concealed lighting from behind for dramatic ef-
fect, their uniquely distinctive forms make a pow-
erful design statement!
And finally, though the built-in ex-
amples pictured at right and below
lack the portability of most of the electric designs pictured above,
their more permanent or "fixed in place" positioning lends more real-
ism, similar to gas and wood burn-
ing designs. In addition to sleek stainless steel surrounds to frame
the "fire," as shown below, the
striking design pictured at bottom features a beautiful natural marble surround.
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