There’s nothing quite like a fireplace to create a warm and inviting ambiance. It’s often one of the most important focal points of a room. Therefore, to ensure your fireplace sizzles instead of fizzles, avoid these four common fireplace faux pas.

1.  Designing a fireplace that is too small for the space. Make sure your fireplace is designed to the scale of the room. Going too small can look cheap and wimpy and won’t create any impact. However, going too large can overwhelm the room. A “right-sized” fireplace will convey the impression of a cozy lifestyle to your buyers.

2.  Putting the fireplace in a corner. Not only can this make the design look dated, but it will also make for an awkward space.  Therefore, buyers might have a difficult time envisioning how to arrange furniture within the space.

3.  Not offering up-to-date options. Buyers want to express their individuality and therefore desire a fireplace that represents their lifestyle. Make sure the options you offer are varied, easy to maintain and on trend so buyers can truly make it their own.

4.  Not treating the fireplace as a highlight feature. A fireplace commands attention so make sure you present this selling feature in a way that “wows” buyers when they enter the space!  Make the fireplace the true focal point of the room.

Whether designed to impress or to create a sense of romance and warmth in the room, there is no denying that a roaring fire in a space is just the right touch to make a house feel like a home.  Your buyers will certainly think the same when they see a well-designed fireplace in the space they’re considering for their next home.

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