A wood-burning stove warms both the home and the heart. Play up your home's decor by incorporating the radiant heat and soothing comfort of a crackling fire. A wood stove lends itself to an array of tempting decorating ideas for the contemporary, country, Victorian or urban chic home.
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The contemporary home tends to be minimalist. Sleek lines give this home a spartan simplicity, although a few large statement pieces are very much part of the scheme. A wood-burning stove may be one of those statement pieces. A glossy black stove can be a showpiece in a room with stark white walls. On the other hand, if your stove is older and unattractive, make it blend in. If your walls are white, paint it white too. Heat-resistant paints are available in a variety of colours. With instructions from a paint retailer, tackle the project yourself, or, if you prefer, hire a professional to paint your wood stove.
A wood-burning stove seems right at home in a country-inspired setting. Whether it's in a cosy country kitchen or a warm, rustic living room, bump up the homey feel of a wood-burning stove by placing an old rattan rocking chair nearby. A small distressed dark-wood side table stacked with old Western novels or antique country-living magazines increase the down-to-earth appeal. Put a kettle on top of the stove. Just be sure that the kettle has water in it at all times. And keep all combustible items at least 3 feet away from the stove.
The ambience of a Victorian home calls for a stately wood-burning stove. But if your wood-burning stove isn't quite stately, cover it with a coat of heat-resistant paint. Consider deep emerald green, chocolate brown, subtle dove grey or soft ivory, depending on your home's colour scheme. Stand large, leafy silk foliage near the stove, but no closer than 36 inches. If you no longer use the stove, make the top a display area. Decorate it as you would a mantle or table. Place a floral or Persian rug in front of the stove for added period appeal if the stove is only used for decorative purposes. If you still use the stove, hand paint a rug design in front of the stove.
The eclectic mix of modern and antique pieces gives an urban chic home a comfortable, lived-in feel. Soft whites, pale pinks and barely-there greens subtly flow through this relaxing, yet funky home. A rustic black wood-burning stove would fit in nicely as is, but to add the wow factor, why not paint it a high-gloss, pastel colour? Only in an urban chic home is it cool to see a soft pink wood-burning stove. If you intend to leave it black, place a few other black pieces around the room to complement the stove. This kind of home is sometimes large, airy and open. If a wood stove seems small and lost in the space, build a fire-safe base underneath to lift it up about 18 inches and make it look as though it's on a pedestal.
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