Now that temperatures across the country are starting to dip, it’s time to take a look at the area of the home where we find natural warmth; the fireplace.

Sometimes shunned as a mere functional utility, the fireplace is often the natural focus of a room, and as such, should be celebrated.

This Scandinavian inspired room cleverly strips the fireplace to its bare essentials and by reducing clutter, forms a pleasing centrepiece in a sharp and modern style.

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Whereas this Moroccan fireplace goes to the other extreme. The wonderfully ornate tiling draws the eye inwards and the soft colours really amp up the sense of warmth and comfort that the fireplace brings.

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Of course, as the fireplace offers a unique feature to a room, it doesn’t necessarily have to be used for its original function. This antique fireplace rejoices in the shabby chic aesthetic by showing off the distressed wood effect, and by gathering an array of contrasting and complementary ornaments, it creates an excellent fun and thrown-together feel.

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Fireplaces will often need to be child-proofed, and this child’s bedroom shows the fun that can be had in doing this. Shelves have been installed as a toy storage space, the mantelpiece has been filled with a host of ornaments, and the fireplace itself has been painted a calming neutral tone to soften the chaos within the room!

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And finally, another accessory of any fireplace that pleases the eye and can be used to great aesthetic effect is logs. Here the fireplace is used as a log storage area, and the combination of wood, stone and delicate light blue pastels combine to create a clean and soft space to maximum effect!

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