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Trends in Fireplace Design II

A few months back we posted on Trends in Fireplace Design., we had a lot of interest in post one so we’ve decided to put together another.

Updated Stone
With thousands of options, how do you select the best stone for your home?  It is important to play up the homes character and design aesthetic. If you choose incorrectly, the fireplace may look like an afterthought. Incorporate the tones and style of the brick or stone on the exterior of the home, if possible. You can still bring the fireplace up to date while maintaining the homes history. If you have a stone fireplace that looks outdated but is in great condition, simply update it. Paint the fireplace surround and update the mantel. This is an economical way to give your fireplace a face lift.

Statement Mantel
Fireplaces are one of the best focal points a room can have, these fireplaces with their over sized mantels really draw in ones attention.

Flush Fireplaces
This style of fireplace tends to take on a fresh, modern look but remain classic.


Color Palettes Using Grey

Often overlooked and difficult to get exactly right, color palettes can be challenging for both interiors and exteriors.

Grey has become the new go to neutral, replacing warmer shades of beige and giving a fresh new look. Grey is a very powerful color, it can play the neutral card or a bold in your face color if chosen in a rich saturated shade. For a minimalist yet elegant look, layer a few shades of grey.

Here are a few popular color palettes using grey.

Blue and Grey

Lavender and Grey
Aubergine and Grey/Green

More great palettes here  and here

Outdoor Spaces

Most Minnesotans will agree, we have the most beautiful springs and summers. While we may only get a few months of this beautiful weather. We know how to take advantage of them in our outdoor spaces, whether lounging, dining or gardening these outdoor spaces are truly priceless. Think of these spaces as an extension of your interior living spaces and use them to their fullest for the next few months!




A few key things to incorporate into your outdoor spaces are:
  • Lighting- Don’t forget about lighting! These can be torches, string lights or even outdoor lamps. 
  • Fireplace/ fire pit- Although the summer days can be warm, it’s nice to wind down around a fireplace on a cool summer evening.
  • Layout- A well designed layout is key for backyard entertaining. Don’t forget to bring the key elements of a social area outside. A well  planned outdoor living room or dining space can be a key to outdoor entertaining success.
What is your favorite outdoor space?

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