Inglenooks, or nooks or niches next to a fireplace, were invented in the 17th century as a practical way to keep warm. Inglenooks, which were revived in the 20th century, are currently being redesigned to fit smaller fireplaces, varied hearth heights, and smaller spaces.


A fireplace doesn't have to be a huge focal point in a formal living room that's only used occasionally. Instead, bring the warmth of a fireplace, one of the most attractive features of a home, to your daily living area.


If you've ever been to an old tile, prairie, or Craftsman-style home, you know why the nooks, nooks, or corner fireplace were coveted for their welcoming appeal and extraordinary craftsmanship. Inglenooks, which are often equipped with built-in seating on either side of a massive fireplace and open into a larger room, date back to the 17th century as a practical method of keeping warm. Towards the beginning of the 20th century, this aspect was reintroduced to emphasize the importance of the fireplace as a meeting place.


Reinterpreting the corner to cater for smaller fireplaces, different heights, and designs for homes and smaller rooms can bring this jewel of design from the past to today's more informal spaces.


Make room for a table to bring the family together


The size of a boat in this corner and a glowing fire create a comfortable haven that serves as a visiting place and a haven for four adults or six youth. By inserting a table between conventional corner benches, the alcove transforms into booth-style seating for games or casual dining. A small fireplace raised above the table allows the people at the table, as well as those in the next room, to enjoy the fire. The low vaulted ceiling adds to the comfort of the corner, while the decorative elements connect it to the rest of the space.


The corner ceiling is visually supported by the sturdy, tapered columns, and the chair rail, positioned at the height of the fireplace, connects the surrounding rooms, as does the continuous molding immediately above the column capitals. The wood paneling simply turns into wooden seats. With built-in shelves flanking the firebox and flip-up covers on the seats, there's plenty of room for games, books, and puzzles.


Place the fireplace in an area where people congregate


We spend a lot of time in the kitchen with family and friends, so why not include a fireplace in this common gathering place? This niche in the end wall offers a kitchen focal point and comfortable destination with a breakfast bar in front of a raised hearth fireplace, a tile border, and illuminated ceilings.


This extended kitchen nook, safely located outside of the main kitchen work area, won't obstruct a busy chef. Instead, it provides a place to rest: a place to eat something, talk, or linger with a cookbook while enjoying the warmth of the fireplace. Because it is separated from the wet area, the corner counter space can also be used as a laptop station.


The back hearth of this little fireplace is 4 inches above the 36-inch tall stone countertops and backsplash. The cubicles under the counter hold kitchen utensils, while the lower shelf holds firewood. A view of the outside is provided through the windows on either side of the fireplace. Cookbooks and periodicals can be stored on open shelves at each corner. The corner wall is connected to the rest of the kitchen by matching the rounded edge on the heads of the windows, cabinets, and shelves.

A corner fireplace transforms a space into a corner.

The fireplace itself isn't in a niche here, but the surrounding built-ins are. The molding frames the niches and the wall of the fireplace, joining the three elements to form a cohesive corner. The relatively small room (approximately 200 square feet, with a ceiling height of 7 feet 6 inches) and the position of the corner of the fireplace expand the intimate corner atmosphere throughout the room. This fireplace can comfortably accommodate up to seven people, and the ottomans provide additional seating for those who prefer to get closer to the fire.


This Rumford-style combustion chamber is huge, but not great, at 36 inches wide by 36 inches tall. It appears larger as it is part of a compact area and we connect a flush fireplace with larger fireplaces. The window seat to the left of the fireplace and the desk to the right have built-in shelves and soffits. These are used to distinguish them from the rest of the room. Placing the fireplace at a 45 ° angle, on the other hand, allows people to sit in the surrounding recesses to enjoy the flames as well.