Fire is such a primal force. People have been gathering around crackling hearths (or fires, anyway) since the beginning of time. In the design world, the fireplace has evolved from a slick glass three-sided shape to flickering flames neatly encased on a wall. You can put a fireplace practically anywhere that needs warmth, whether tucked into a corner or even in the bathroom. Fan the flames of this hot trend with our shopping picks for fireplaces.
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Yes, you can enjoy the cozy ambience of a fire in a small space. This woodsy media unit has an incorporated electric fireplace, so you can binge your favourite cooking shows while watching a fire. Sunbury TV Stand With Fireplace Included, Wayfair, $430.
Add extra heat in any corner of your home with this dainty unit. The flames have a layered effect so they look like the real thing, and the bevelled glass door is operable. Keep on-trend by styling the fireplace with a sunburst mirror or other mid-century modern accessories. 3D Flame Effect Infrared Quartz Electric Stove, Wayfair, $330.
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This interesting circular fireplace is heatless, so it’s perfect for keeping little fingers safe. Made of durable plastic with a sleek black-matte finish and tempered glass, think of it as a live piece of art. It’s battery or USB powered. Be sure to watch the video to see it in action! Truu Design Round Modern LED Heatless Fireplace, Amazon, $99.
With warm, glowing logs, the flames in this spectacular three-sided gas fireplace have the feel of a traditional fireplace. Double-burner technology allows you to adjust the flame depth and height using a remote control. It’s made in the Netherlands. Trisore 100H, 3-Sided Glass Fireplace, The Fireplace Store, $8,000 to $12,000
Fall is here, and that means the outdoors are still very much in play. Stay outside a lot longer with this extra-deep wood-burning beauty that has a star cut-out design. The mesh cover reduces escaping sparks. Pleasant Hearth Stargazer Deep Bowl 26″ Fire Pit, Amazon, $216.
Fall is the perfect time to finally get that fireplace you’ve always wanted. This electric unit sports a tempered-glass surround and a realistic flame. The sleek design means that you won’t have to style a mantel. Paramount Barcelona Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace, Best Buy, $270.
With its sleek shape and curved glass, this cylindrical fireplace has a sculptural presence that is sure to heat up your living room’s design. Its grey colour and soapstone body really set it apart. HearthStone Bari, Friendly Fires, inquire for pricing.
There’s nothing like basking in the glow of a wood-burning fireplace on a cold night. Bring the warmth with this fireplace, which features heat-radiating ceramic glass and a powerful air-wash system that makes the fireplace easy to light and keeps the glass clean. High Country Series, Napoleon, $5,000.
Thin, quiet and bewitching, this fireplace looks incredible in a minimalist loft setting. Pile up logs as a design feature, because you won’t need them – this beauty is electric. A remote control lets you adjust the flame colour and speed. R.W.FLAME 42-inch Recessed and Wall Mounted Fireplace, Amazon, $360.
A double-height ceiling can feel almost too large and unwelcome. One way to bring it down to scale, and to add a cozy factor, is by pulling the eye down. A gas fireplace with a mantel, mouldings and shelves does the trick. Ditto to inviting furnishing such as a rug, rattan and a sofa. How cool: the eFire app allows you to control the fireplace from your mobile device. Ascent Linear Series, Napoleon, $2,600.
Rethink the fireplace: it’s not just for roasting marshmallows. In this minimalistic design, the eye-catching flame colour of this electric fireplace adds an artful touch. Display decor items on the built-in ledge that comes with a USB plug. Stylus Series, Napoleon, from $949.
Condos, lofts and other apartment spaces will like this compact unit. Pick a corner, then plug it in and you’re good to go! Muskoka 25-inch Curved Front Panoramic Stove Glass Front, The Home Depot, $276.
This unique tiered piece offers a twist on the traditional. We love how the three-section design – complete with an electric fireplace front and centre – creates a stylish presence in the living room. The side shelves are perfect for practical storage – or for putting your favourite decor items on display. Walker Edison Furniture Company Tiered Wood Fireplace TV Stand, Amazon, $492.