An electric fire is the perfect way to heat a room without the need for expensive and dangerous fuels. However, some of the free-standing models are a little too large and inconvenient for a small living space. You don’t want to end up taking up too much valuable floor space or end up with a heater too far away from the sofa.
An inset electric fire eliminates that problem by setting the fireplace into the wall, as though it were a traditional fireplace. You get the same great heating properties and technology tucked away and can create an inviting seating area around it. You then have the option to place a mantle above it, rather than dealing with the build-in surrounds of other models.
There are different forms of electric fires inset into walls that offer various effects. Many buyers love the vibrant flames and color-changing technology of the Optiflame series. These allow for a shift between cool blue atmospheric flames and cozy deep orange ones to suit your mood. There are also several fire bed options, from logs to crystals.
The Optiflame 3D series takes this further with a 3D effect to create the illusion of an authentic fire. This tricks the brain and makes the experience more relaxing. The Optimyst expands on the sensory experience with a smoke-like mist effect as sometimes some sound effects. All of these fires are adaptable and easy to control via a convenient remote.
When choosing an inset electric fireplace instead of a freestanding one, you get a more streamlined design. However, there are still lots of different styles to choose from. Some buyers like to take the traditional route with realistic-looking models. These have strong stylized grates at the front, typically with a nice brass-effect finish. Alternatively, there are more simplistic designs with a silver surround. These blend into the decor a little better if you are going for light and heat more than a domineering focal point.
Inset electric fires really are the most convenient option for those that crave a traditional fireplace without the real fire. Most fit into standard fireplace openings of 16 or 8 inches, and you may also be able to get a spacer kit so they fit flat. Whichever technology and style you go for, the fireplace is sure to create a cozy atmosphere.