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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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