Interview with Friederike von der Kuhlen
For this guide we have thought of something new: An interview with lifestyle blogger Friederike von der Kuhlen, who recently fulfilled her dream: "Set up my own fireplace room." To get to know her and her blog better, we first asked her a few personal questions.
What you should consider when decorating
your fireplace room.
Combine floor, furniture and fireplace correctly
If you have a traditional fireplace, you should be aware of the new guidelines. Since new laws were passed a few years ago, it may be possible that your fireplace needs to be retrofitted.
The important thing to remember when decorating is that you should integrate your fireplace into the room. You shouldn't feel like it's "just sitting there" when you walk into the room. Pick up the colors and maybe even the forms and decorations of the fireplace in the room. This will allow the coziness and romance to unfold in the room. With the help of small accessories, the right color family and matching furniture, the charm of your fireplace will shine throughout the room. When choosing the floor, furniture and interior design, you should pay attention to the following things.
Find the right floor
When choosing the floor, you should think carefully, especially for your own safety. Of course, a noble wooden floor in the fireplace room looks great and fits the ambience, but fire and wood are known not to be the safest companions. Nevertheless, this should not stop you from choosing a chic wooden floor, whether parquet or laminate, whether a plain floor or an eye-catcher with a fancy pattern, for your fireplace room. That's because there are ways to minimize these dangers. When it comes to flooring, simply make sure to cover the area around the fireplace with a fireplace floor or glass panel so that the combustible floor material is protected from sparks that the fire can spray. That way you can still benefit from the wood floor atmosphere.
If you prefer different flooring, the possibilities are endless, from chic tile to carpet. Because a cozy carpet also looks good in your fireplace room.
The matching furniture
You are hardly limited in the choice of furniture. You should only maintain a certain minimum distance between the furniture and the fireplace, so that the furniture is also protected from the fire. Otherwise, there are no limits to your interior design wishes. For a fireplace room, sober colors are recommended so as not to steal the show from the fireplace, which is the centerpiece of the room.
For a fireplace room, of course, a cozy seating area is ideal, which invites you to relax. In front of the fireplace fits a coffee table or a sofa, or even better - a wing chair. And next to it, of course, depending on your taste, belongs a nice bookshelf or a good TV.
If you have large window sills, you can also line them with seat cushions so that you have a view of the fireplace room and the landscape outside at the same time.
Interior design of your fireplace room
Integrate the fireplace
The fireplace in your room is the most important element. However, you can still enhance the interior of your room with other decorative items. You don't need to pay attention to much, the most important thing is to match the decoration with the rest of the interior and especially with the fireplace. If you have an old fireplace, you should include it in the room. You can do that by picking up the color of the fireplace in the accessories. A light vintage style will complement the "old-fashioned" feel of the fireplace.
However, such a fireplace can be a great contrast even in a relatively modern room. To achieve this, modern elements should be combined with selected vintage accessories. These can be, for example, a carpet in retro look or an old, refurbished commode. In this way, the different styles harmonize with each other and create a unique living ambience, in which it is great to relax.
Even the firewood you need can contribute to the design of your fireplace room by storing it in a decoratively appealing way. Stacked in a stylish box, the wood not only looks beautiful, but also gives the room a cozy, rustic style. Then, when you place a chic fireplace set next to it, the fireplace scene is perfect. But don't forget to match the rest of the room, i.e. curtains or sofas, in terms of color and style.
Accessories and decoration for your fireplace room
For very special accents, you can set small light accents with candles. These radiate a cozy warmth and comfort, especially in the cold season.
With fabrics of different textures you can emphasize small parts or corners of your fireplace room. Accessories with a bit of a rustic touch will complement the ambience, because here traces of use are no shortage.
Plants should not be missing in your fireplace room! By releasing moisture into the air through their leaves, they help keep the indoor climate in balance. This is especially important in rooms heated by fire, where the air is particularly dry. Plants with large leaves that come from humid areas are especially recommended here. Unlike cacti, succulents and many palm trees, they are not specialized in storing as much water as possible, but constantly release it through their leaves. At the same time, they round off the furnishings and give the room a calm ambience to feel good.
If you are unfortunately not blessed with a green thumb, a vase of flowers or a small bowl of water will also help to freshen up the air. And who knows, maybe it will work out with a low-maintenance cactus?
Last but not least, personal home accessories are a must in your fireplace room, so that you feel at home in the room. Choose photos, pictures, memories or your favorite books and decorate your fireplace room with them according to your heart's desire.
Design the walls
The smaller the room, the lighter you should choose the wall color in your fireplace room, because dark colors visually reduce the space. The advantage of colored wallpaper is that you will not see the soot and dust deposits so quickly. Also, when choosing wall coverings, it is a good idea to match the walls to the vintage flair of the fireplace.
But if you prefer a more modern look, you can also opt for a glass front. This provides a lot of light and, in the dark season, possibly even a view of a snow-covered winter landscape.
To tickle the last bit of coziness out of your space, you should also design the walls with pictures in fancy frames or photos. Or you can set accents by illuminating the walls with uplighters or floor lamps.
Advantages of a fireplace
Besides the coziness with which the fireplace fills the entire room, it also brings other benefits. The cozy warmth and the cozy crackle of firewood has a calming effect. Besides, it is excellent to relax in front of the fireplace with a hot cocoa, tea or a glass of wine on a wing chair. Almost even this atmosphere has a kind of therapeutic effect.
Also, heating with the fireplace is not more expensive than other heating, so the purchase of a fireplace is worth it for this reason alone.