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Romancing the Home
By: Heather Culley
The fireplace is no stranger to romance, but there are some common faux pas people make with their fireplace that diminish the romance factor.
A fireplace commands attention and requires a proper seating arrangement to complement its beauty and purpose.
Imagine laying in the bed pictured below. A full view of the flame is lost where this fireplace is installed parallel to the bed. Think of the kink in your neck as you and your sweet heart attempt to gaze into the fire all night!
Having the fireplace installed opposite of the bed gives the direction and attention your fireplace deserves. No kinked necks here!
Side note: If you are thinking about installing a fireplace in the bedroom, be sure to check local building codes. Depending on your area you may have some restrictions that will affect your buying options.
The viewing height of your fireplace is also an important factor. Viewing height is determined by personal preference and is site specific. When determining the right height for your fireplace installation, I recommend using masking tape on your wall to frame the viewing area. Step back, take a seat, walk around the room. Not quite right on your first try? Move the tape around till you find your flame viewing sweet spot.
If you and your companion were sitting in the bathtub in the picture below you would be straining to see the flame.
This bathroom has it all; the perfect flame viewing height for sitting in a luxurious tub while taking in the amazing landscape.
Not every space is suited for a traditional gas fireplace. Even the smallest gas fireplaces can output heat that is too high for small and/or confined rooms.
Even though you may dream of dining by the fire, having the fireplace on when you’re sitting this close to the fire would not only heat you or your lover to sweltering temperatures, it would be a fire hazard.
Caveat: Montigo offers COOL PACK Technology of their custom fireplaces that significantly reduces the heat of the glass temperatures. If used in the setting pictured below, the dining couple would only see the glimmer of the flame in each other’s eyes and not the sweat on the other’s brow.
This dining room has it all when it comes to a fireplace; the right angle, height, space and distance for two lovers to enjoy a romantic meal by the glow of the fire.
When you are trying to create a romantic atmosphere, having a TV nearby is a complete distraction. Can’t you see the scenario playing out now in the setting below with the basketball game playing followed by the game’s highlights; this is the makings of a non-romantic evening!
A better alternative above the fireplace is a spectacular view or piece of art that will stimulate conversation and enhance the romantic atmosphere. Now queue the romantic music!
Half the fun of having a fireplace is decorating and setting the mood. If you have to spell it out with tiny cherubs and a white peacock, you’ve probably over done it.
Less is definitely more when creating a romantic ambience.
Written By: Heather Culley
Heather is the Marketing Coordinator for Montigo Fireplace.