A living room is always a good place to relax and take a deep breath after a long day of work and courses but a living room with fireplace definitely offers something more; a focal point to sit by and chatter with your family and friends, enjoying the warmth and the sight of a blazing fire or even cooking delicious grilled meat and chestnuts.

A living room is always a good place to relax and take a deep breath after a long day of work and courses but a living room with fireplace definitely offers something more; a focal point to sit by and chatter with your family and friends, enjoying the warmth and the sight of a blazing fire or even cooking delicious grilled meat and chestnuts.

Designing your living room with fireplace can be fun and inspiring, depending on your furniture, your fireplace efficiency and the size and the shape of your room. A wide range of fireplace accessories is available, from hyper technological fireplace screens to classy fire hook set, each and every one of them adaptable to your fireplace design.

For instance, placing a sofa in front of your fireplace so that you can sit facing it is one of the most frequent arrangements. Keep in mind that the if the sofa is too close to the fireplace temperature may become quite bothersome, unless it is provided with a good screen modulating the heath. Place your sofa at the right distance, add two armchairs on the sides and enjoy a lovely U-shaped living room design. Reach perfection adding a coffee table in the middle and that’s it: you won’t regret it. A wonderful Murano glass chandelier above the table will capture the light of the fire, reflecting it all over the room even when electrical lights are turned off. If you do not know how those beauties are made yet, see the article Glass Blowing: Skillful Expertise in Making Murano Glass Chandeliers.

Placing two sofas or loveseats parallel to the fireplace facing each other with a coffee table in the middle forming a H-shape is another cozy option, perfect for a large family. If there is extra space, adding small tables on the fireplace distant sides of the sofas will transform your living room in a perfect tearoom. Adding two table lamps will make a perfect reading room out of it, making it even more classy.

If your room is not perfectly squared but rectangular, you may opt for a L-shaped design, placing a sofa perpendicular to the fireplace and a loveseat on the short arm of the L (or vice versa depending on the shape of your room).  The best lighting option for this arrangement are twin or triplet crystal chandeliers, because the L-shape leaves an open side of the living room that can guest a dining table or a library.  

If the shape of your room is unconventional or you are an bizarre design lover, you can arrange your furniture the way you like most, creating daring angles. However, it is advisable to place every seat so that it does not face away the fire.

In fireplace design combinations are endless. Remember that a fire is always better that a Tv screen, but if cannot help relaxing watching your favorite movie, installing  it on the wall above your fireplace is good to maintain a single focal point. Placing it somewhere else may bifurcate the space, creating problems with seating arrangements.