10 Fireplaces You’ll Want to Curl Up Next to This Fall
Fall is very, very distracting. Who wants to be at the office or running around from errand to errand when the weather is temperate, the pumpkin-spice desserts are begging to be made and, most importantly, there’s a cozy, inviting fire just waiting for you to curl up next to? These 10 rooms each have a fireplace that will make you all the more eager to head home, grab a book and a blanket and stay on the couch all season long.
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Home is Where the Hearth is
If you’re a rustic decor lover, fall is the time to let your most outdoorsy ambitions manifest in your interiors. Grab the plaid, pile up the wood and if you have any extra antlers, pine cones or cow hide, you know exactly what to do.
We tend to equate classic with comfy, making shabby chic the signature style for autumn decorating. Modern homes get a bad rap when it comes to their coziness factor, but a fire adds an instant dose of comfort.
The Great Outdoors
No, you can’t stay inside for the whole season, so bring the hearth outside. These cool, comfy nights were made for outdoor fire pits, s’mores making and loading up on the scarves, flannels and blankets.
Right at Home
The color of your bricks can give fireplaces a versatility that's perfect for different decorating styles. Prefer to keep things girly and bright? Just lighten the mood and lighten the wash of the bricks before adding pretty pink accents.
Bonfires on the beach aren’t just for the summer... or the oceanside. Nautical decorators can keep the fire alive with the help of themed accessories and the right sense of imagination
If you’re hoping to take things to a new level of indulgence, add some calming candles (in a scent of your choice), sit back with a fluffy throw and eat as much pumpkin roll or apple crisp as you’d like. Bonus points if you actually roast some chestnuts over your flame.
Your Halloween, fall solstice, Thanksgiving or Harvest Moon parties will all be lit, literally, with a fireplace like this. Adding friends to a late-night fire is the ultimate stress reliever — good conversation and a spiked cider-fueled toast (or two) can warm up even the coldest of evenings.
Ready to Read
Settle in and get a headstart on your reading list (including those beach reads you ignored all summer) with the help of a crackling fire and a free, lazy day. This is worth clearing your schedule.
Sure, adding a fireplace just for the sake of the homey vibes can seem like a bit of a stretch. But when it serves double-duty as another art piece ideal for art deco tastes, it’s actually worth the investment.
Any innovative designer knows that adding classic standards to unexpected places makes for an extra intriguing design scheme. An inviting hearth can add some additional intimacy to the deliciousness of a comfort food-filled dinner.