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Log burner fireplace ideas: The kinetic aesthetic

When it comes to log burner design ideas, there are so many to choose from. Why not consider an elegant wood-burning stove set within your fireplace? It’s perfect for when the cold weather forces us to snuggle up indoors and bed down for the winter. There’s nothing quite like settling in with a good book, a roaring fire, and a cup of hot chocolate. The Danish even have a word for it: Hygge.

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There are several elements to consider when it comes to log burner fireplace ideas.

We don’t just love them for their heat. The way they smell, the sound they make, and the light they give create an atmosphere that’s both familiar and relaxing. Even an inactive fireplace can enhance the ambience of any room. So, whether it’s a dormant fireplace or one that burns brightly, we’re here to inspire your kinetic aesthetic.

Log burner fireplace ideas

Log burning fireplace ideas

When it comes to log burner design ideas, there are so many to choose from. Why not consider an elegant wood-burning stove set within your fireplace? It’s perfect for when the cold weather forces us to snuggle up indoors and bed down for the winter.

There’s nothing quite like settling in with a good book, a roaring fire, and a cup of hot chocolate. The Danish even have a word for it: Hygge.

Types of fireplace designs include:

  • A traditional chimneypiece
  • A rustic wood burner
  • A pared-back fireplace
  • An open masonry fireplace
  • A free-standing stove

For more help choosing the perfect wood burner, check out our ideas guide here.

Benefits of log burners

  • Small environmental impact: The carbon wood takes to grow is countered by the carbon it gives off when it’s burned, which is why it’s considered a low-carbon fuel option. However, it does depend on where it’s grown, how it’s processed, and whether the wood is burned when it’s dry. Wet wood gives off polluting chemicals, so it’s important to make sure your logs stay out of the rain.
  • Reduced heating bills: Whether you use your wood burner to heat one room in your house or you attach it to your central heating, a log burning stove will reduce your yearly heating bills.
  • A warmer house: Fire is the perfect kinetic energy for making your home toasty – sometimes too toasty! (You can probably ditch the blankets…)
  • Softer ambience: A log burner is a sensory treat that evokes tranquillity and warmth inside your home, unrivalled by anything artificial.

If you’re looking to have a log burner installed, be sure to check out our cost guide here. Don’t forget to hire a professional for an expert installation!

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Fireplace ideas in the UK

Log burner fireplace design idea

Scandi meets rustic in this clean and tranquil living room. The white-bricked flue and matching fireplace is striking and stark; however, the square log-burning fireplace generates both kinetic and aesthetic warmth in this bright and open space.

Paired with plush furnishings and soft lighting, we can imagine cosying up in here after a winter’s stroll. Can you imagine the view from those floor-to-ceiling windows? Gorgeous!

Wood burning stove design idea

This free-standing log-burning stove sits on a gorgeous marble plinth. The rustic open bricked wall-guard is a stylish and practical design choice, while the wicker basket and logs pull the look together for a homely feel.

This simple but elegant design is perfect for almost any aesthetic.

Wood burner design idea

Modern design meets traditional elements with this pared-back log burning stove. Beautifully framed by the cream mantel, mirror and accessories, the original feature complements the contemporary upgrade.

Wood stove design ideas and photos

This pared-back fireplace design with its free-standing log burner is an elegant and simple design that works well in any modern home looking for extra character. The black fireside set perfectly matches the hollow’s frame and stove, giving it a simple but striking effect.

Wood stove heat shield idea

This small wood burning stove is a multi-functional feat of engineering. Not only does it heat the entire house, including the teapot atop its stove, but it’s also a stunning feature that fits into its corner nook perfectly.

We love the grey stone back-board and tall burner design, which shows how a touch of the traditional can turn a wooden cabin into something both beautiful and functional.

Corner wood stove design idea

This matt grey corner stove is a contemporary and stylish design. The circular elements are clean and minimalist, which makes this wood burning stove perfect for new-builds.

The heat proof back-board is unassuming yet effective for defining the space, while the log racks are a nice touch that add character and depth.

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Budget-friendly fireplace ideas

Fireplace makeovers don’t always have to be expensive upgrades. We’ve got some cheap fireplace ideas that give your room a new look without spending excessive amounts of money.

Do you have a closed fireplace that you want to open? Or, does your home not have a fireplace yet and you’d love to have one? There’s something for everyone in this ideas piece.

Whether it’s a cheap DIY fireplace makeover or a cool idea that a professional could do for you, we have suggestions that help you save money.

Affordable fireplace makeover inspiration

Our inexpensive fireplace ideas are designed to give your fireplace and room a brand new look. This doesn’t always mean a new fireplace. Sometimes, all it takes is a little change to make a big difference to the look of your fireplace.

For example, the mantel or the surround plays an important role in the appearance of your fireplace, so these are often the go-to’s when making changes. Or even change the hearth and you can almost convince yourself it’s a new installation.

These little changes make such a drastic impression that it feels like you actually have a new fireplace.

Cheap fireplace makeover with a painted mantel

A fireplace with a wooden mantel can be painted over for a new look - Cheap fireplace makeover with a painted mantel

Tired of your mantel? Can’t quite put your finger on how to change it quickly and easily? You could paint over it – it’s a super quick and easy transformation.

As long as you have a steady hand to paint, it could be a quick job. Or hire a professional and they’ll get it done even quicker.

Like in the picture, the yellow paint really brightens the fireplace, giving the room some life and creating a nice feature for the room.

Restore your cast iron fireplace

A cast iron fireplace next to a brown sofa - restore your cast iron fireplace for an easy makeover

Cast iron fireplaces are tough as nails and look super stylish.

However, fail to take care of them and they start looking faded and dirty.

If that’s the reason you’re looking for cheap fireplace makeover ideas, we have good news. It’s quite easy to restore your cast iron fireplace and it doesn’t cost a bomb if you get it done professionally.

We can help you find cast iron fireplace restorers recommended by your neighbours.

Cheap chimney breast ideas

A white room with a stone chimney breast - cheap chimney breast makeover for your fireplace

A chimney breast, or the area of the chimney over and around the fireplace that sticks out, is just as much a part of your room design as the chimney. While you’re redecorating, why not give this a new look as well?

We have lots of ideas for chimney breasts here.

Some of the popular ones include turning it into a feature wall by painting it a different colour, use it to display art and photographs, or put up a large mirror.

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Fireplace surround for an inexpensive makeover

A black fireplace surround for a brick fireplace 0 fireplace surrounds makes for an inexpensive fireplace makeover

A new fireplace surround is not one of the most inexpensive fireplace ideas but it’s still quite affordable.

It doesn’t even have to be too expensive. You can get a basic one for as little as £100, plus installation costs.

And, they give your old fireplace a new look instantly.

Closed fireplace for storage and display

A closed white fireplace with a display of candles - cheap fireplace ideas for storage and display

Did your quest for cheap fireplace ideas begin because you aren’t using your fireplace?

If so, you may want to consider closing it up. Then, you can use this as a nook for storage or display.

Similarly, if you put up shelves, it becomes a quaint little bookcase. Or, put in your flower display or candles in this ready-made frame!

Do you want to close your fireplace? Maybe chat with an expert to get ideas for your project.

Cheap outdoor fireplace ideas

an outdoor fireplace made of bricks, with a bench around it - cheap outoor fireplace ideas

Not everyone is keen on a fireplace indoors, but if you have a garden and want a barbecue in the summer, an outdoor one might be for you.

For cheap outdoor fireplace ideas, you can use bricks, stone, or cinderblocks. In fact, even old tractor tyre rims make an easy DIY fireplace.

We recommend you have one professionally installed, as they won’t cost a lot. Your fireplace will be more durable and you’ll have the peace of mind of a job well done.

The best thing about every single one of these fireplace ideas

There is an approved Checkatrade tradesperson who will be able to help bring your vision to life!

Find qualified professionals near you and get started on planning your new fireplace!

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