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Fireplaces have the ability to add a certain level of coziness and homeliness that other interior features can’t add – even if it isn’t lit, a fireplace adds warmth and creates a focal point for a room. There are lots of things to consider when designing a fireplace: scale, location, style, materials, level of maintenance and the list goes on. Some people aren’t as lucky to be able to hand select a fireplace based on the above points as the previous home owners made the decision for them – but fireplaces can be redesigned easily so don’t let that deter you. Some fireplace inspiration…
A simple large white fireplace
Stone, which can be so pretty
As far as guidelines on cleaning fireplaces and  chimney maintenance go, there are some things you can do yourself while other things are better left up to a trained professional. Here are some tips:
Sarah Richardson
I love the simplicity of this modern fireplace in an all white room.
Austin Patterson Disston Architects traditional living room
Large scale fireplaces make quite a statement.
How wonderful is this original feature!
A gas  fireplace could be the way to go if you don’t want to worry about clean up.

It’s chilly here, fireplaces are on my mind!
Fireplace cleaning information collected from TLC, Chimney Safety Institute of America and HGTV.

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