The Bryant Back BayTransitional Living Room, Boston
Photography by Michael J. Lee
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6. A 30-inch-by-72-inch Athen Silver Cream marble slab from Ann Sacks surrounds this dramatic fireplace in a Boston living room by Elms Interior Design.
Why switch from wood? Wood-burning fireplaces do little to heat a room — in fact, they typically pull warm air from inside the home and send it right up the chimney. If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues, irritants from the fireplace can make these problems worse. Wood-burning fireplaces are also responsible for a surprising amount of air pollution, which is why there are restrictions on wood burning in some areas. They can also cause home fires, due to a buildup of creosote, the substance left behind on the chimney walls after wood is burned.Hire a chimney cleaner to keep yours clean and safe
The fireboxes can be long or short. This more compact model in a room created by Terrat Elms Interior Design looks crisp surrounded by Athens Silver Cream marble slabs from Ann Sacks.
Architectural feature. A central element, like this fireplace, can help you position your furniture in a room. Notice how the furniture in this space revolves around the fireplace. The stone surround also sets the color tone for the sofa, chairs and drapes. Getting the size of the architectural element right in the room is vital. If it's too big, it can look and feel uncomfortable. If it's too small, your furniture will become the focal point, taking away from the main feature. Read more about scale