The early origins of the inglenook fireplace can be traced as far back as the 12th century, with evolutions through the 16th century. Inglenooks were originally used to provide heat for cooking and a hearth structure for warmth and gathering. The style experienced a rebirth as an arts and crafts design during the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century.
Kitchen Inglenook Corner
"Inglenook" means corner or nook by a fireplace. An inglenook design will give a kitchen fireplace a feel of times past. To stay true to the design, create a fireplace with cobblestones or small stones that convey an old English look. Use decorative pieces such as antique metal or copper pots inside the fireplace to draw attention to the inglenook design. The kitchen inglenook fireplace will replicate the warmth and gathering spot that the original fireplaces served in historic pubs and hotels.
Create a shared or dual fireplace with an inglenook design. The fireplace will be enjoyable from rooms with adjoining walls, such as between a kitchen and a living room or a living room and a dining room. Keep height, depth and coziness as your design guidelines to make the fireplace representative of inglenooks from long ago.
Indoor/Outdoor Inglenook Fireplace
Use the inglenook concept to create a fireplace that serves warmth and provides coziness both indoors and outdoors. Design and construct the fireplace for enjoyment from the corner of a family room and for those gathered outdoors on a patio.