The 5 Keys of an open efficient kitchen

The open kitchen is on the rise! Useful thanks to its space-saving and attractiveness with its modernity, it is attracting more and more. But also the open kitchen is not necessarily aesthetic. The architect Manuel Sequeira gives us his tips to develop an open kitchen full of style and elegance.

How best to integrate the kitchen to the living? The stay in an alcove, set up in the island, hide in a cabinet or behind a counter: our ideas in images and words, with the help of the architect Manuel Sequeira.

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Say, you decide to go green and purchase an electric fireplace to decorate and warm up your room.  But there are a lot of things to consider in selecting the perfect electric fireplace for your home: what color should it be, how much you have to pay, should it be made of glass… Below you will find a simple but useful step-by-step guide to make your decision-making process easier:

How to choose the right electric fireplace for your home

Step 1: Equipped yourself with knowledge

Equipped yourself with knowledge

If you are not familiar with electric fireplaces, it is important that you do some research firstly. Features, price range, types, installation note, maintenance cost…you should at least have a basic understanding before purchasing any electric fireplace. Knowing the benefits and features of each type will help you decide which one you need.

When you already determine your budget, it will help narrow your choice considerably.

Step 2: Prepare budget and cost

Prepare budget and cost

Whenever you purchase anything, budget should be one of the first things that come to mind.

How much are you willing to spend on your electric fireplace? There is a wide price range for you to choose from, whether you want an electric fireplace that is worth a couple of hundred dollars or several thousand dollar; therefore it should not be too hard for you to find a budget-friendly product. Those with sophisticated designs or advanced features will cost you more.

In addition to product price, you should not forget about installation cost. An electric fireplace normally requires very little installation. In case of a hanging electric fireplace, installation is as easy as hanging a picture or mirror on the wall. For the flush mount type, you may need the help of a professional.  Also, the type of cheapest maintenance cost maybe the one you need.

Step 3: Consider your room size and space

You should consider your room size because you intend to purchase any electric fireplace or you may end up with a fireplace that is too place or too small for your place. Two main factors will decide the appropriate wattage of the fireplace: the size of your room and whether the electric fireplace will be the main heating source or not. A small room may require an electric fireplace of 700 watts only; however, you will need one with higher wattage for a large room or if you live in cold climate.

You should also decide where you want to place your electric fireplace; it should be near an electrical outlet. Also, make sure that the electrical system is capable of providing electricity for the fireplace. You don’t want overload to happen when you operate a number of appliances at the same time.

Do you have a lot of floor space? There are types of electric fireplaces which are considered space saver and will be perfect if you have little floor space. For example, you should opt for the wall mount electric fireplace. Or an electric fireplace TV stand can provide extra storage you need.

Step 4: Consider your desired features

Electric fireplaces offer a wide range of features. The more advanced feature they have, the more expensive they are; so make sure that you select the one you need and purchase an electric fireplace that won’t break your bank.

Some notable features you should consider are:

  • Flame-only setting: With this, you can use your electric fireplace any time in a year because it produces flame without any heat.
  • Portability: Isn’t it ideal that you can easily move your electric fireplace from room to room to save floor space for other stuff or even bring to a friend’s house?
  • Remote control: You don’t even have to get up or leave in the middle of a conversation to adjust the temperature. Whether you choose an electric fireplace with adjustable temperature, brightness or flame speed, a remote control will help you operate your appliance with just a single click.
  • Safety: It is a critical feature you should bear in mind when purchasing an electric fireplace. The overheat circuit will come in handy when you have to leave the room to take care of other business. The exterior should be cool enough to touch. Keeping yourself and people around you safe from burning or injuries should be the foremost priority.

Step 5: Choose style and design

With all of these above things considered, you can have quite a clear idea what type of electric fireplace you like. Supposed you decide to purchase a space-saving electric TV stand; now it time you choose the style and designs..

electric fireplace to decorate and warm up your room

Bear in mind that whether you want to go stylish or traditional with your electric fireplace, you should think of your room as a whole. Whether you want your electric fireplace to be the focal point of the room or not, just make sure it goes well with the room’s interior designs and furniture. Let stuff in your room complement each other to make the room shine.