Ideas for Corner Gas Fireplaces

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Ideas for Corner Gas Fireplaces
Corner gas fireplaces are romantic and stylish options for warming a room. (Rob Melnychuk/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Fireplaces add warmth and romance to a room, but the maintenance required to keep up with a wood burning fireplace is a turn-off for some homeowners. A gas fireplace is a low-maintenance alternative to traditional wood burning stoves, and corner gas fireplaces add ambience to a room without dominating the space. Incorporate your corner gas fireplace into your overall room design to create a seamlessly cohesive space that is stylish and functional.

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Rustic Designs

Traditional corner gas fireplaces include black or iron fireboxes and accents metal in shiny gold-toned brass. Though older gas fireplaces may make a room feel dated, incorporating a rustic corner gas fireplace into your room design creates a cosy, timeless space that is full of warmth. Draw attention to your corner fireplace with a stone fireplace surround that extends from the firebox all the way to the ceiling. For an aged, woodsy look, opt for rustic brick; for a more country style, choose large stone slabs in varying shades of grey and brown. If you opt to fill in the corner with a fireplace surround, run a simple wooden mantel across the surround to add storage and introduce a horizontal line into the otherwise vertical space.

Ideas for Corner Gas Fireplaces
Brick surrounds add a rustic appearance to a gas corner fireplace. (Finnish fireplace image by Adrian Hillman from Fotolia.com)

Contemporary Corner Fireplaces

Gas fireplaces are ideal for contemporary spaces because they offer more design versatility than a wood burning fireplace that requires a sturdy heart and surround. Choose a lifted corner fireplace that is suspended 1 to 2 feet off the ground for a minimalistic look; some suspended designs attach to the corner wall and include an enclosed firebox while others are built into and suspended from the ceiling for a larger fireplace. Instead of tucking your corning fireplace into the back of a corner, bring it to the outside corner of a dividing wall that separates two rooms; choose either an open corner fireplace that houses a small, candle-like fire or an enclosed corner fireplace contained with glass panels for larger fires.

Ideas for Corner Gas Fireplaces
Suspending fireplaces hang from the ceiling or attach to the corner wall. (futuristic fireplace image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from Fotolia.com)

Alternative Surrounds

Though traditional fireplace surrounds are made from stone or brick, alternative materials like clay or stucco add distinction to a corner fireplace. Draw inspiration from traditional southwestern design, and frame your corner fireplace with a kiva or beehive surround made from prefabricated plaster casts; accent the fireplace with colourful clay pottery or brightly woven wall hangings for an authentic look. If your aesthetic is more modern, line the wall behind your corner gas fireplace with large sheets of metal for a bright, reflective option; copper offers a warm glow while brushed nickel or stainless steel is a more monochromatic option for contemporary spaces.

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