Winter is that time of the year when we automatically tend to gravitate towards the warmth of the fireplace. It becomes the natural focal point of the setting and part of some cherished memories spread across the Holiday Season and beyond. Contemporary fireplaces come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. And unless you are using one of those ultra-modern gas-fueled designs, you will need a good supply of firewood to keep the flames bright and burning throughout the season. Yet, most of us seem to overlook the storage options for woodpiles when planning for a new wood-burning fireplace. Today’s inspirations seek to put an end to it for good!
Going beyond mere functionality, woodpiles can be turned into artful displays that add texture and style to your modern interior. Be it the living place, kitchen, bedroom or the patio, creative firewood storage ideas can turn an ordinary space into an absolute showstopper. Here are 30 exquisite ways to get it done this winter and beyond –
Trendy, Creative Columns
Winter is indeed the time to bring firewood indoors and this season you can do it in style by turning to ingenious nooks and elegant columns that will turn wooden logs into captivating pieces of art. The long, vertical column in the living room has become a bit of a trend when it comes to firewood storage in contemporary homes. While some of them reach all the way up to the roof, others are crafted to fit the dimensions and style of the room. You can even use the forgotten living room corner for a cozy nook that is cleverly hidden from plain sight.
It makes sense both from an aesthetic and practical perspective to design these floor-to-ceiling storage niches not too far away from the fireplace itself. You might need a good step ladder to reach for those logs at the top, but it will be well worth the effort. And what happens when you run out of all the log wood in summer or fall? Fill the space with a few natural dried branches or even a large floor vase and you have an equally alluring focal point in the room!
Taking it Outside
But firewood storage is not just about keeping the logs safely stashed in winter. Once winter sheds its white, cold coat and late spring and early summer bring in plenty of warmth; it is time to take the unused firewood outside. While this might seem all too easy, remember that outdoor firewood storage requires plenty of care and protection from the elements. Consider the location of the storage carefully and keep an emergency plan ready (maybe tarps) in case of an unexpected shower or 2. If you have a cool pergola-covered patio, then this is probably the best place for a creative woodpile. Put it next to the outdoor fireplace and add some plush seating and you have a cozy, elegant outdoor lounge.
The woodshed is another option for those who need to store plenty of firewood and want to keep it away from their home structure because of termite or critter issues. Smart woodsheds can become a fun addition to your backyard, if you have the space and the resources to spare. Make no mistake about it, maintaining an outdoor woodpile is not as simple as throwing a few logs together.
Shelves, Styles and More
Firewood storage can enhance the style of your living room or bedroom in a natural and understated fashion. Imaginative woodpile displays work well especially in contemporary interiors where stone, glass and concrete define the structure. This allows the woodpile to make an impact visually even while giving the space an additional texture and a dynamic pattern. Much like any other nature-centric addition, woodpiles seamlessly fit in with any style you have going – eclectic, minimal, rustic or modern. Sometimes all you need is simple shelves filled with firewood to transform the ambiance of the room.
Be it a simple bookshelf that has been turned into firewood storage in the living room or a custom-crafted nook that turns heads and steals the show; give your boring that woodpile an exciting new lease of life this winter. You will also be pleasantly surprised at the sculptural beauty that it brings to the interior.
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