Forget expensive artifacts; invest in a well-designed fireplace to create a design statement of a room.

Fireplaces are available in various styles. The market is flooded with contemporary fireplaces, country style and vintage fireplaces.

So, how do you create a fireplace that serves as a focal point?

Here are some time tested tips.

  • Plan for a fireplace in the design stage of the house.
  • Place the fireplace on the same level as the floor.
  • Add an ornamental molding or a mantel to accentuate the beauty of the fireplace.
  • Use bricks, natural stones, mosaic art or simply paint a contrasting color to draw attention to the fireplace.
  • Have a design center piece or a beautiful bouquet of flowers? Place them over the fireplace mantel.