Thursday, November 21 2013
Make your fireplace the room’s focal point with the right colors,
textures, and furnishings throughout the area. The proper room
accents can draw attention to the fireplace so that it is the room’s
Choosing the right wall colors
When choosing wall paint, find the ideal background color palette
for the fireplace. The surrounding walls must be neutral but
dynamic in order to achieve slight contrast with the fireplace.
Next, give the fireplace the chance to pop. Choose a different
color for the wall supporting the fireplace. This allows the
fireplace to be the room’s center point. An example for a gray
stone fireplace would be to paint the surrounding walls a soft ivory
and the wall behind the fireplace a dark, rich blue. This forces the
fireplace to get noticed.
Choosing the right furniture placement
Take advantage of the fireplace in the room. Set up the room
with the right furniture to properly focus attention and create
extra seating. The most functional technique is the U-shape
grouping. Center the sofa across from the room’s center point to
give the fireplace an anchoring effect. Next, finish the U-shape by
mirroring chairs, ottomans, tables, or stools on both sides. This
forces the room’s interest on your beautiful fireplace.
Choosing the right window treatments
The natural light will only accentuate the fireplace. In order to
achieve good natural light within a room, the proper window
treatments are necessary. First, choose a drape color and pattern
that will accent the stonework on the fireplace. Aim for the same
theme or feel. Next, choose a blind color that is neutral and allows
you to control the amount of light entering the room. This two-
toned look will not only accent the fireplace and its stonework, but
also allow you to control the amount of light needed to highlight
the center point fireplace.
Choosing the right accessories
A fireplace is in need of personality. The accessories you choose
to embellish the focal point create the ambiance for the room.
Think of your fireplace as an empty canvas. Add decorations that
standout in color. Add pieces that emphasize the room’s theme.
Add accessories that bring a personal touch to the fireplace. By
drawing attention with interesting pictures, beautiful flowers, or
antique ornaments the fireplace is allowed to be the room’s biggest
Wednesday, November 13 2013
If you have a fireplace at home then it is important to get it repaired and inspected regularly so that it functions effectively. For instance, if your room gets cold too fast or stays hot during the summer then you may have to get a fireplace damper replacement. It basically helps in closing the chimney flue when you are not using the fireplace. If it is damaged then the hot or cold air in your home can escape easily through the open chimney.
Apart from checking this you also need to see if the flue liner needs repair. If your chimney or the liner is damaged then you may need a new liner to get it work efficiently. It is an effective way by which you can take care of your damaged chimney without overspending on the repair work. You can install the liner by yourself also but it is better if you get it done through a good company they can do a better job.
You can contact a chimney installation company and they can inspect the chimney for you. If the damper is damaged then they can replace or repair the chimney damper for you. In case you need a new liner then they can help you to choose a good stainless steel flue liner, which has a better life. Make sure that the company you choose is professional, as they will provide you better services. They can take care of loose bricks and clean up the chimney as well so that it works efficiently.
Tuesday, November 05 2013
With winter just around the corner, it's no surprise that we have been very busy! We have been working with many clients to ensure their fireplaces will be top notch for the winter ahead. During the month of October we kept busy with numerous projects in many different areas.
Earlier in October, we worked on a home in River Forest; we made a custom lining shaped to fit their chimeny making sure we maximized the size we were able to use. Chimney linings are used to prevent degradation of chimney structure caused by moisture in the flue, water damage to interior house walls, or condensations leakage through chimney thimbles and cleanout doors, just to name a few.
Another couple projects we worked on were a chimney demolition in South Barrington and an installation of stainless steel lining Oak Park. We tore the whole chimney apart in South Barrington and built it back up, upgrading it to ensure top quality for this winter. The chimney lining in Oak Park was actually a whole chimney rebuild; we used the stainless steel lining to make sure the chimney wouldn't see any issues with water damage or degradation. We also installed a stainless steel liner for their boiler and water heater for the same obvious reasons.
One of the bigger projects we had was working with chimney deterioration in Northern Chicago where it serves as the venting to the water heater and boiler for four units. The deterioration was evident and it was clear that it needed a new liner to help ventilate the appliances and stop deterioration to the inner structure and exterior bricks on the chimney.
We are continuing to stay busy this fall so if you need any chimney help, be sure to contact Chicago Chimney & Fireplace Co. at 708-358-0505 & Website.