Decorating a living space can be a daunting task. We all have our little favorites such as the size of a pillow, the color of a couch, and of course — our favorite TV placement. Putting this all together in a nice, cohesive theme can be a challenge. Believe it or not, selecting a focal point, such as an electric fireplace is the starting point.
- Home decor tips for any living space
- Does an electric fireplace keep you warm?
- What are the pros of having an electric fireplace?
When trying to design for your family room or living room, consider aligning yourself with the ultimate teammates. Working with home builders, interior designers, or even an architect should have at least a consultation. While you are browsing your favorite home decor hotspots, consider speaking with as many people as possible and compile the ideas into a single list.
Now that you have your research, let’s think about the best way to shape your room and experience. The end goal is to create a design that fits your vision in such a way that you can be warm and cozy this winter season.
Consider these important pieces in your home decor interior design strategy:
- Design aesthetics
- Lifestyle architecture
- Color pallet and patterns
This design strategy and concept should assist with more benefits around the electric fireplace and living room focal point while delivering a cozy ambiance. It should also put a personal style that adds beautiful decor and flair of elegance to the room.
Does an electric fireplace keep you warm?
Yes. Although traditional or wood-burning fireplaces have significant heat — they are real fire after all — electric fireplaces are an exceptional secondary heat source for any living space.
The heat output is typically measured in British Thermal Unit (BTU). To find out the heat load on any room or home, consider having a load calculation performed or start by using this utility bill cost calculator tool and find out the impact of the heat investment.
Remember to evaluate the size of the room, the location, construction features, insulation, and architectural design of the living space.
Luxury electric fireplaces usually have a higher BTU of 5,000 or more with infrared quartz heaters. Learn more about infrared heaters and how to save on your electric bill. Estimate heating capacity with 10-15 watts per square foot as a rule of thumb and measure in degrees of Fahrenheit to get a better understanding of the temperature.
What are the pros of having an electric fireplace?
There are so many reasons to enjoy an electric fireplace this winter. Just consider the decor and design possibilities for your living space. They should meet your home’s existing decor with ease.
Here are some additional decor pros to consider:
- Create a fashion forward focal point for any room
- They are space savers compared to traditional fireplaces
- Wall mounted electric fireplaces don’t require mounting into walls
- Freestanding fireplaces are extremely popular and portable — just plug and play
- Tremendous installation flexibility.
- Wide range of electric fireplace insert sizes, shapes, and styles
- Corner TV stands
- Fireplace media centers
- Mantels or Bookshelves
- Ideal for single family home, apartment, or condo
Here are some additional efficiency pros to consider:
- Electricity converts directly to heat with these units
- Electrics are more favorable and efficient that combustible, wood burning or gas fireplaces
- No experts, specialists required for maintenance or installation
While electric fireplaces seem perfect, the usual complaint is that they do not warm like wood fireplaces. Wood heat does feel different, as it is real fire, but known to be extremely inefficient with its heat output.
Part of the challenge with electrics is finding the right number of BTUs for the particular size of your room. We have shared a cost calculator and additional infrared quartz heater insight to assist with these calculations and determinations.
There are many pros from home decor to efficiency and cost to consider this winter with the decision to purchase an electric fireplace. Some of the top considerations include flexibility with fashion forward choices such as the mantel style, color and shape.
Luxury electric fireplaces can be easier to find, but the main difference in this specialty retail category is the flame realism. The best units also have flexibility with installation and portability regardless of living space.
We hope this information was helpful for you this winter season. Stay warm and enjoy a warm, cozy experience this season.