The Great Fireplace Debate: Traditional or Contemporary?

In the market for a new gas fireplace? Well, strap on your seatbelt because you have more choices than ever. We'll break them down for you...

Traditional vs. Contemporary
The vast majority of homeowners today gravitate toward traditional-styled fireplaces that replicate a real wood-burning fire. But there’s another option that’s rapidly gaining popularity – contemporary styled fireplaces.

The best way to show you the differences between the two distinct styles is visually…

Traditional Fireplaces
The ambiance of burning wood has attracted people for thousands of years. Gas fireplaces provide all the things we love about a wood burning fire, but in a much more convenient package. Operated by a remote or wall switch, today’s gas fireplaces are so realistic, it can be hard to tell the difference between them and a wood-burning fire. Here are some examples…

The Heat & Glo TRUE gas fireplace has an authentic masonry appearance, realistic logs with LED lighting, and one of the largest viewing areas available for a direct vent gas fireplace today.

This fireplace packages classic wood-burning allure with LED lighting and burning embers for an incredibly realistic gas fireplace. It's the Heat & Glo 6000 CLX.

Traditional style gas fireplaces are available in two-sided models, such as this Heat & Glo ST-36 See-Through, which brings a dramatic fire experience and warmth to two rooms.

Modern-Contemporary Fireplaces
Today’s contemporary gas fireplaces have stylized flames surrounded by colored glass and shiny metal. They offer many of the same benefits of traditional style fireplaces, but with a totally different look. Modern-contemporary styled fireplaces are pushing design boundaries while still incorporating both function and beauty. It’s simply a different kind of beauty.

Contemporary fireplaces are inspired by European design with features like linear flames that flicker in unison, unique materials like black onyx, and panoramic viewing angles. Placement on the wall is also up to you – many homeowners position these fireplaces at eye level, evoking a lively piece of fine art.

These designs use gas technology in new and exciting ways…check it out.

The Cosmo SLR by Heat & Glo is a slender landscape design with ribbons of flame that dance across the entire length of the fireplace box.

In some models, like the Heat & Glo Metro, fire emerges from a bed of stone or other media, creating fire art that is captivating.

The Best of Both Worlds
Can't decide between traditional and contemporary? Some fireplaces incorporate the best of traditional and contemporary design into one beautiful focal point...

A perfect example is the Heat & Glo Everest. It features neatly stacked logs in a sleek, clean-lined surround that can be positioned at any height on the wall.

The Heat & Glo Escape See-Through gas fireplace packages the customary burning logs with a simple, streamlined surround that draws attention to the impressive flames, viewable from two rooms.

The Choice is Yours
Now you can choose the perfect fireplace to complement your home's décor - traditional or contemporary. Gas fireplaces are available in a wide range of fuels, designs, and materials that will enhance any architectural style. See for yourself here.