There’s usually no contest between choosing a home with or without a fireplace: the fireplace wins almost every time. That’s why the fireplace has retained a special place in our hearts and homes throughout the years.
In the past, we used the fireplace for more basic needs, such as cooking meals or staying warm in winter. It was an integral part of building a house and, as such, an essential architectural element. Today, the fireplace is still a central element in a home, even with advent of modern appliances and heating in every room.
No matter where the fireplace is located in a home, it becomes a natural gathering place to relax and chat. It brings people together and affects how a space is organized. And since it’s kind of a social centre, it’s important that the fireplace be the focal point in a room.
Today, gas fireplaces offer quicker, cleaner comfort than traditional wood-burning fireplaces, plus they light easily, can be adjusted to our needs, and are more environmentally friendly.
Over time, the fireplace has evolved to adapt to ever-changing styles. Today, gas fireplaces come in a wide variety of styles. Modern interiors showcase liner models, installed slightly above the floor, and even two- and three-sided, corner and facing/back-to-back models. For a truly contemporary look, beads and stones are an attractive alternative to traditional ceramic logs.
There’s a wide array of chimney mantel-covering materials to choose from. Fireplaces used to be sober and modern, but now you can cover them with large ceramics, glass mosaics, stainless steel leaves, even painted MDF. A simple mantel-covering keeps the focus on the star attraction: the fire.
No matter what type of fireplace you choose, a fireplace lends elegance to a room and creates a wonderful place to gather during a long, cold winter.
Interior Designer and college professor David de Montigny views his work first and foremost as an opportunity to help people. Whether a project is residential or commercial, his ultimate goal is to facilitate better living and improve the spaces we inhabit. He’s been putting this approach into practice with his clients in Québec and Ontario for over ten years, and passing it on to the next generation of interior designers at Cégep de l’Outaouais for the past five years.
Keenly attuned to art, technology and the environment, David has a particular penchant for environmentally responsible choices and for products made by local artisans. He draws his inspiration from his travels and from his explorations of other cultures and different ways of living.