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5 Ways to Make Fireplaces the Star of Your Home Interior

5 Ways to Make Fireplaces the Star of Your Home Interior

Do you want your fireplace to become the ultimate star in your home? This is quite easy to achieve, especially if you know how to properly arrange your room around this beautiful focal point. Here are the five best ways to turn your fireplace into the heart of your home.

Turning your fireplace into the most beautiful part of your home is simple and easy, but it requires a lot of planning. Before you go ahead and buy the fireplace of your dreams, do the necessary measurements and analysis within the room before purchasing and installation. Purchasing an elegant fireplace shouldn’t be a wasted effort. It should be carefully thought out so that the outcome will be satisfactory and last for years to come.

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1. Make the fireplace the centerpiece of the living room.

Like any design effort, interior design also aims to put something in the spotlight so that it will stand out. If you would like your fireplace to be the main attraction of your living room, it should be the centerpiece. Position the fireplace in a location that is visible from any area of the room, particularly from the door. The moment anyone enters, the fireplace will be the first, strongest, and largest part of the room that will definitely catch the person’s attention.

Making the fireplace your centerpiece requires some skill, since the entire arrangement of the room will depend on the placement of the fireplace. You can ask a professional to help you, or you can check out some pictures of room arrangements for inspiration.

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2. Use a beautiful and large fireplace.

Traditional fireplaces with chimneys are hard to adjust because they are built into the wall. However, if you use something like a gas fireplace, you will have more flexibility to position, design, and adjust it to your liking. Gas fireplaces are actually more convenient and practical to use as compared to traditional wood fireplaces because you don’t need a chimney and ashes are not produced. Many gas fireplaces come in gorgeous and distinct designs, perfect for making them the center of your home. Just make sure you have enough space to install the fireplace without any risk of causing unwanted fires.

3. Arrange your furniture in such a way that the fireplace is your focal point.

Now that you’ve got your fireplace installed, the rest of your interior can be planned accordingly. Use the fireplace as your focal point and rearrange your furniture so that they will face your fireplace. When your guests sit down, the fireplace will keep them warm and capture their hearts.

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If you are torn between making your TV or your fireplace as the focal point, you can position them in a way that will not overlap the other. For instance, instead of placing a TV stand, mount your TV on the wall right above the fireplace. This should not be an issue if the TV is placed high enough to avoid the heat from the fireplace.

4. Add ornaments around the fireplace.

What will add beauty to your fireplace? Simple: put fresh plants around it. Potted flowers are great accents to your room which will give life and fresh air inside it. You can also add nice ornamental touches like a painting on both sides above the fireplace, or a bookshelf nearby. Some vintage ceramics would also add a luxurious effect in the room.

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5. Only put a fireplace in a spacious room.

Because a fireplace usually takes up a considerable amount of space, it should not be installed in a small room that can get cramped with all kinds of household items, particularly fabrics. Not only does this destroy the purpose of making your fireplace the star of your interior design, but it also increases the risk of unwanted fires. If you live in a small home, a good suggestion is to buy a faux fireplace or electric fireplace that’s small enough to fit your room but bright enough to catch the attention of your guests.

Fireplaces should also be securely positioned inside a room to avoid any fire hazards. If you are using a gas fireplace, make sure you don’t have anything flammable nearby, especially aerosol which can instantly produce fire when sprayed near gas.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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