Top image: Feature fireplace at Chalet Solais by Callender Howorth
‘A fireplace in a room gives it a focus,’ says interior designer Kelly Fannon. ‘You can gather around it, arrange seating and conversation areas around it – and, depending on the style, it can give the room real character.’ New York-based interior designer Tina Ramchandani agrees. ‘A fire can really change a room’s ambience,’ she says. ‘When it’s lit, depending on the wood you use, it can set the mood with its sound and scent.’
There’s nothing like the onset of snow to increase the appeal of an open fire. Award-winning Surrey firm Halo Design Interiors designed this ski lodge in the exclusive Courchevel 1850 resort. ‘The owner didn’t want somewhere where you couldn’t sit down and relax – he wanted a place that felt like home,’ says Halo’s Blanca Sanchez. This minimalist fire throws out heat in three directions – perfect for curling up beside after a tough day’s skiing.