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Make a statement with your fireplace: 5 fantastic ideas

Who doesn’t love sitting in front of a roaring fire with a cup of tea and a good book? Gas, ethanol, and electric fireplaces deliver all the coziness and warmth of a large, center wood-burning fireplace without the hassle of wood chasing, cleaning, or maintenance. Plus, you can still design around it to make it look like an integral part of your living room, and some can even be moved between rooms if you need to add a little something to a bedroom or guest room.

Here are five fireplace ideas that will get your imaginative juices flowing, so you can incorporate one into your living room in no time!

Comfort Glow Dual Fuel Gas Stove

Why we love it:

  • Has a rustic appeal
  • Easy to install
  • Has a built-in thermostat

There are many ventless fireplace options that allow you to control the temperatures with a remote control from the comfort of your couch. They are easy to install and can be moved between rooms if you need a little extra heat or ambiance somewhere else. We love this Comfort Glow fireplace because it has a rustic, cabin-like feel that would be ideal in a living room. The steel cabinet construction would look gorgeous set back in a corner, and you could add farmhouse elements like a plaid chair or vintage magazine rack nearby to enjoy it.

HOMCOM Wall-Mounted Fireplace

Why we love it:

  • Affordable
  • Can fit with any design style
  • Ventless

If you want to make more of a statement, you could choose a wall-mounted fireplace that can be set back into a corner with stone or shiplap surrounding it. This HOMCOM unit costs less than $200, which means you’d have money in the budget to spend on the surround. For a wall-mounted unit, you could either run the surround halfway up the wall and cap it with a mantel, or go floor-to-ceiling with the stonework for a big wow factor.

Mistana Tieton TV Stand

Why we love it:

  • Comes in 7 colors
  • Multifunctional design
  • Can hold a flatscreen TV up to 50 in.

If you are short on space and need a multifunctional piece, check out this Tieton TV stand fireplace. It comes in seven colors and has plenty of shelving to keep books, movies, and games. We love pieces that can be used in multiple ways, and this unit gives you the cozy feeling you need for a family movie night.

Napoleon Indoor Torch Vent-Free Gas Fireplace

Why we love it:

  • Unique design
  • Great for bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Up to 6,000 BTUs

We’re obsessed with the idea of a tall corner fireplace. This option is unique and the perfect shape for a corner unit. This Napoleon corner gas fireplace is an “ultra-modern direct vent fireplace with a slim, single flame design,” according to the company. But don’t let the single flame fool you. This unit pumps out 6,000 BTUs, so your living room will stay warm all winter long.

Homedex Recessed Mounted Electric Fireplace

Why we love it:

  • 9 flame color settings
  • Features touchscreen and a remote control
  • Dual-mode flame can function with or without heat

We love the idea of a color-changing flame. This Homedex unit allows you to control it right from the screen. What’s more, you can change the color of the flames depending on your mood, thanks to the built-in LED lights. This one comes with nine different colors, so you can change it with the seasons and never get tired of it. You could put floating shelves on either side of the corner, stacking them with books, photo frames, and candles to draw the eye up and create the feeling of a larger space.

The nice thing about a gas or electric fireplace is that they are relatively easy to install if you aren’t planning to add a large stone or tile surround. Many come prefabricated, so it’s just a matter of plugging the unit in and learning how to use it. Gas fireplaces are also energy-saving, and they don’t come with the mess of a wood-burning unit. These are perfect for the homeowner who wants a low-maintenance option but still enjoys the ambiance and coziness a fireplace brings to a room.

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