Design Ideas for a Corner Fireplace


Fireplaces can add an enjoyable element to a home's environment. However, incorporating a tasteful fireplace can be costly and take up a lot of space. Designing a corner fireplace is a space-efficient way to bring in some warmth to the home. There are many design options to choose from. When shopping for a corner fireplace, consider how it will change your overall room design.

Built-in Design

  • A built-in design is the most traditional out of all the corner fireplace options. However, it is also the most costly and will take the most space. Normally, built-in fireplaces are built into the corner area with brick, rocks or stones and are wood-burning. Wood-burning fireplaces require more clean up and maintenance, and you will notice the smell of burning wood. The nostalgia that a real wood-burning fireplace brings to the home is well worth the work and investment, unless you do not want to deal with the extra maintenance. Built-in gas fireplaces are also available.

Contemporary Design

  • Contemporary corner fireplace designs offer more flexibility to fit the available amount of corner space. With so many different variations and styles offered today, it's important to consider the longevity of the design in the space. Contemporary corner fireplaces are budget-friendly, low maintenance and usually use gas instead of wood. The direct vents can be let out through the roof or can be wall-mounted. Glass-screen cabinet and metals are just some of the many contemporary designs for a corner fireplace. It is recommended that you have a professional install the fireplace.

Open Fireplace

  • An open bio-ethanol corner fireplace is not a traditional fireplace. Instead, it is a very contemporary fire place idea that brings warmth and modern design to a home. There are a few variations of designs offered, depending on the corner space features and size. Some can easily fit into the 90 degree angles found in nooks and corners, while others have more structure with wider angles for larger spaces. The small designs attach directly to the wall with no floor space required, almost like hanging a picture frame or installing a small table. The fire appears to hover over the floor and against the wall. Most open bio-ethanol corner fireplaces burn bio-ethanol fuel that you attach to the fireplace and refill as needed. The fuel and fireplace give off no smell or smoke; they only emit warmth and give your corner a fresh, modern design. No chimney is required; you just have to crack a window slightly for proper ventilation. See the references section for photos.

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