Get More Heat from Your Same Ol' Fireplace with Simple Technique

Written by Susan Penney

For some people, a fireplace might as well be a video of flaming logs. Their primary interest isrepparttar welcoming ambiance a fireplace’s blaze presents. If, however, you expect your fireplace to provide heat in exchange for your log-carrying, fire-building efforts, (or inrepparttar 100040 case of gas logs, in exchange for your gas bill), it’s time to maximize your fireplace’s heat output.

There are various contraptions designed to return more of a wood or gas fireplace’s heat intorepparttar 100041 room and stanchrepparttar 100042 flow of that precious heat from escaping uprepparttar 100043 chimney. Many of them involve fans and vents and considerable expense. But one ofrepparttar 100044 most time-honored, hassle-free, and least expensive methods of increasing a fire’s heat output is making a comeback:repparttar 100045 fireback.

A fireback is a sheet of metal, sized in proportion torepparttar 100046 fireplace, that’s placed against your back fireplace wall. Firebacks can be set onrepparttar 100047 hearth’s floor and just leaned againstrepparttar 100048 back fireplace wall, but often they are secured by placing them in supporting braces which keeprepparttar 100049 fireback from sliding. Firebacks come in two main styles:repparttar 100050 cast iron fireback andrepparttar 100051 stainless steel fireback.

The traditional cast iron fireback, popular in earlier times and making a revival now, is a sheet of heavy, black, cast iron. Often they are cast with a design, such as a fleur de lis or eagle, to add a decorative touch to this functional fireplace accessory.

The cast iron firebacks work onrepparttar 100052 same principle as heating radiators. The metal is heated (by hot water inrepparttar 100053 case of radiators and byrepparttar 100054 fire inrepparttar 100055 case of firebacks), and then that heat is radiated intorepparttar 100056 room.

Add Sizzle to Your Surroundings

Written by M J Plaster

Is your home décor lacking that extra something that spellsrepparttar difference between comfortable and vibrant or between comfortable and tranquil? Candles might be justrepparttar 100039 polish your décor needs. Take advantage ofrepparttar 100040 sparkling colors, rich textures, and fresh scents of candles without draining your decorating budget.

Some candles are best unadorned, but candleholders offer an additional opportunity to highlight their presence and beauty. You don't have to burnrepparttar 100041 candles; you can use them as objects d'art, incorporating them into displays, floral arrangements and centerpieces—alone as an accent piece, or in a grouping as a focal point.

Typical candles no longer exist—they belong to a bygone era. Tapers gave way to thick and varied heights long ago. Today, you'll find square candles, heart-shaped candles, fruit and vegetable candles, gingerbread candles, floral candles, Christmas tree and ornament candles, and candles with artistic free-flowing shapes. Within that variety of shapes, you'll find an endless array of adornments, such as beads and glitter, straw, botanicals embedded inrepparttar 100042 wax, still life scenes, etc.

Color, Shape and Texture

Today's candles come in a wide variety of hues and shades, and many addrepparttar 100043 dimension of shape and texture to their composition. Marbled, frosted, and sculptured candles are widely available in a selection of sizes, shapes and prices—ranging from votives to thick, oversized candles.

If your living areas are frozen in time with a monochromatic color scheme—you knowrepparttar 100044 rooms we mean, they looked oh-so-good on paper until you lived in them for a month—use candles to rescue you fromrepparttar 100045 monotony withoutrepparttar 100046 expense of redecorating. Marbled candles are a quick and easy way to work complementary or harmonizing color intorepparttar 100047 room.

If your home utilizes color well, but lacks excitement, accessorize with textured candles to add pizzazz torepparttar 100048 room. Positionrepparttar 100049 candles to create a focal point or to add justrepparttar 100050 right accent. Marbled candles incorporate several hues and shades ofrepparttar 100051 same color, and variegated candles can tie all ofrepparttar 100052 colors in your décor together.

Sculptured candles provide a warm substitute for expensive knickknacks and require a minimum of space. Add smaller sculptured candles to guest bathrooms along with guest hand towels and guest soaps. It'srepparttar 100053 attention to detail that rolls outrepparttar 100054 welcome mat for guests and createsrepparttar 100055 ambiance of a memorable stay.

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