Fireplace Design Ideas for 2022

What’s better on a cold winter night than a cozy fireplace? There’s something about the ambiance that comes with a fire that simply can’t be matched. Fireplaces have been used in homes for almost as long as homes have existed! For the longest time, they were actually the only source of heat and provided a cooking surface. In 2022, a fireplace is less of a necessity and more of a design choice. Consider implementing some of these trendy design ideas to bring your fireplace into the modern age. 

Statement Mantle 

Fireplace mantles used to only go as high as they needed to for a functional fireplace, but why not take it a bit further? Extending the mantle all the way to the ceiling is a gorgeous way to create a focal point in any room. The continuous mantle makes the space feel larger and more luxurious than a smaller mantle would in the same space. This type of design looks especially stunning when timeless marble slabs are used. 

Natural Stone 

Natural stone is a popular choice for mantle materials as we head into 2022. Stick to the lighter-colored stones to maintain a modern, airy feel. Natural stone elements are the perfect way to make the home feel cozy without compromising on style. As an added bonus, natural stone matches everything! 

Keep it Minimal 

Hectic fireplace design is a thing of the past. Instead of an intricate tile pattern, consider a less is more approach for your fireplace design. Using simple materials in a basic pattern allows the fire itself to be the statement piece. A minimalistic fireplace that features crisp edges, neutral tones, and a mantel that goes to the ceiling is going to Wow anyone who enters the home. 

Functional Placement 

If you don’t have a lot of space for a huge, wood-burning fireplace, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some flames. Gas fireplaces can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit into just about any space. Installing a gas fireplace right below your mounted flat-screen TV is just one example of adding a fireplace without taking up too much space. The gas fireplace itself will only take up a small area of the wall below the TV, but the beauty and functionality it brings will be immeasurable! 

Learn More About Fireplace Design & Get a Quote

Keeping your fireplace trendy in 2022 is easier than you think. Rather you’re trying to rework your current design and bring it into the modern age or add a brand-new fireplace to your home, just trust the process! Contact New England Hearth & Home to schedule a consultation with a fireplace design expert. Our team can help you decide what fireplace design options are the best fit for the current trends and your personal style all at the same time. 

Our Best Fireplace Tips for Winter

It’s officially winter, and that means it’s peak fireplace season! If you don’t have much experience using your fireplace yet, don’t fear! We’ve put together a mini guide on how to get the most out of your fireplace this season, and also stay safe while you do it! Your fireplace is a great way to stay cozy all winter, so keep reading and learn how to become a master fire keeper!

Close The Chimney Flue When You’re Done

Make sure once the fire is out that you close your flue to avoid any cold air coming into your home, or letting out the warm air you just produced with your fire.

Pre-Chop Your Firewood

Dry wood burns the best, so it’s always best to chop as much firewood ahead of time and store it in a warm and dry place so it’s ready to burn at a moments notice. Always make sure that your firewood is stacked away from any flammable materials, and at least 2 1/2 feet high. The best way to do this is to use a firewood rack or start stacking them in between walls.

Clean it Regularly

While you probably had your fireplace cleaned at the beginning of the season, it isn’t a one time thing! Make sure after every few fires you take a look at your flue to make sure there isn’t any soot or creosote building up which can be a hazard to you or your chimney.

Watch Your Fires Closely

As your fires burn, please don’t leave them unattended, even if they are small and you’re letting them die out. You never know what nearby items might fly into the fire and cause it to flare up.

Have The Right Tools on Hand

Make sure you have access to all the right fireplace tools, such as pokers, shovels, tongs and brooms. Again, having these tools readily available is crucial in case you need to clear out your fireplace or chimney (or perform some other maintenance on them). If you don’t have the right tool for the task at-hand, then you could risk causing additional damage to your chimney and/or fireplace. There are also times when it may be safer just to let a fire burn itself out.


Contact New England Hearth & Home

If you’re thinking about adding a fireplace to your home this season, please get in touch with our team of experts. We can guide you through the process of picking out the perfect fireplace for you and your home, including our selection of electric, gas and traditional fireplaces. Give us a call at (781)562-0771 or contact us here for more information.

Can an Electric Fireplace Lower My Heating Bills?

While it might not seem like the most practical way to heat your home today, installing an electric fireplace actually can help keep your heating bills low during the cold winter months. An electric fireplace not only creates a special warm, cozy atmosphere in your home, but it also gives you the benefit of being able to turn down your regular furnace without depriving you of the ambiance or visual focal point of a fire.

How Electric Fireplaces Lower Utility Bills

There are a few ways that electric fireplaces can help you lower your utility bills. One of the main factors here is that you don’t have to heat your entire home with your fireplace insert- you can be much more selective and just heat the common areas while lowering the general temperature on your house-wide heating system by a few degrees. This is great to do throughout the day when house members are mostly in the common space, or even at night too when everyone is in their beds under the covers.

Electric Fireplace Vs Traditional Fireplace

Another benefit is that with an electric fireplace, you don’t have to use as much heating fuel since it’s a more effective way to heat a room. It does a very good job of warming up a home without taking as much energy from your regular heating system. If you do decide to install a wood-burning fireplace later on, remember that it will take more energy to maintain the temperature in your house and you’ll also be dealing with the hassle of chopping logs and hauling them around.

Why Fireplace Inserts Are The Best Choice

Electric fireplaces are great because they come in so many different styles and designs that can fit into almost any space or décor. You can find electric fireplaces that look just like real wood burning fireplaces, or you can find beautifully designed fireplaces that offer a much more modern and sleek look.

What about gas fireplaces?

Gas fireplaces produce heat that results in higher utility bills than those due to electric fireplaces or wood-burning stoves. A gas fireplace produces heated air that is blown into the room with fans attached to the unit. These forced drafts increase heating costs and source another indoor air pollution problem besides carbon monoxide poisoning. Newer models eliminate these draft problems by introducing sealed combustion technology so they burn cleaner with cleaner air.

Where Should I Put My Electric Fireplace?

To get the most out of your electric fireplace, place it in a room that you will be using often, especially if you live in the north east where we get a lot of snow. For more tips on how to get the most out of your electric fireplace, or for advice on how to install one, give us a call at (781)562-0771 or contact us here for a free quote on a brand new fireplace.

What is the most eco-friendly fireplace insert?

If you’re looking for a fireplace insert for your home this winter, Electric fireplaces are essentially the most eco-friendly unit. While it may not have enough energy to heat your entire home on its own, most are very efficient and don’t use nearly as much energy as a gas or wood fireplace. You’ll also save money and energy compared to using no fireplace at all. 

If you aren’t quite sold on it yet, we’ve laid out some of the benefits of the electric fireplace, including its energy efficiency, heating capabilities, not to mention the great energy it can bring into a room.

Do Electric Fireplaces Produce Carbon Emissions?

Unlike wood or gas inserts, electric fireplaces do not produce any carbon emissions. They are the best source of all electric heaters. The heating process is very different from using natural gas or wood to create a flame, which is why there are no emissions produced by the fireplace. Electric fireplaces rely on electrical elements known as resistors to generate heat, producing none of the harmful carbon monoxide that some fossil fuels emit when burned incompletely.

How Fuel Efficient Are Electric Fireplaces?

Electric units run as efficiently as any other kind of electric heater, and they don’t require venting like a wood fireplace does either. In addition, some units can have their energy consumption precisely adjusted to provide just as much heat as you want, unlike with gas or wood fireplaces that have a set supply of heat. As long as you don’t set your thermostat to its maximum setting, it’s possible to save money every month.

Can Electric Fireplaces Save You Money?

An electric fireplace can help you save money on your energy bills by taking the place of other heating sources in your house. An electric fireplace can actually reduce your heating costs by 20-40% in total. They are especially useful for areas where you don’t want to use gas or wood and they allow you to turn off the furnace until they need supplementary heating (like at night). Our most popular models can even be programmed to come on at certain times – they include built-in timers – so they only run when necessary and thus increase your savings further! In addition to its direct benefit by reducing carbon footprint, an electric fireplace can lower your energy bill because it requires less overall heat to be effective in warming a space than a natural gas or wood fireplace does.

Find Your Next Fireplace Insert

With all of this information in mind, we understand many still prefer a more traditional wood or gas stove. However if you do use wood/gas and you’re looking to make a change in order to help the environment, we definitely suggest switching to electric. Regardless of the type of fireplace you’re looking for, give us a call at 781-562-0771 or contact us here for more information.