As far as home design goes, many of us find that we often have to choose between being stylish or being practical. Comfort is a major factor in our family homes, as it is the place we spend most of our time. After a day at school your kids are going to want to come back to somewhere comfy and relaxed – but at the same time, you want a house you can be proud of, and something you think looks beautiful. However, you shouldn’t have to compromise on style just to get that cosy home of your dreams! Take heating, for example. It’s the one thing that all of us need in our homes, but it can also be a way to add style to your property as well. Don’t believe us? Here are a few ideas for how you can invest in ingenious heating solutions that make a statement too.
An open fire
Is there really anything more rustic than a wood burning stove? If you’ve always dreamt of that old English farmhouse kind of look, this is by far the easiest way to achieve it. You could either go for a covered stove or choose a roaring open fire, and it’s up to you whether you burn logs or coal (wood is easier to come across, though). Just be aware that you will need to take some safety precautions if you do go for an open fire. Make sure your logs and coals are secure so that none of them fall out – a metal fire iron is a must for stoking the fire and making sure everything is in its place. A fire guard is also an essential piece of kit, especially if you have children or pets around the house. Take these precautions, and you can enjoy the old-fashioned luxury of a roaring open fire to heat up your living room.
Whether your home relies on gas or electricity to heat itself, chances are you have radiators in most rooms. The design of radiators has developed hugely since their conception, and they are now being manufactured to look good in people’s homes as well as to merely do their job of heating the place up. Pick a style that will suit your current home decor – for example; you might go for column radiators to match your traditional styling, or you might want a stainless steel radiator hat will go with your minimalist home design.
Who said that your heating systems had to be solely defined to inside the home? Now that more of us than ever are reveling in al fresco entertaining, it can definitely be worth investing in some outdoor heating solutions. A traditional fire pit is a great option if you have the time to tend to it, but if not, solar and electric heaters are also an excellent option. This way, you can easily heat up your little patio so you and your guests can carry on socialising until the early hours.