There’s nothing quite like a crackling fire to warm you up in winter. Whether you’re installing a new fireplace or updating an existing one, it’s guaranteed to bring an extra level of style and comfort to your home.

 

And, when you apply for an RCS Personal Loan, you can get up to R150 000 in cash to create the perfect cosy nook. Here are eight exciting fireplace design ideas to get you all fired up (ahem), without breaking the bank.

 

 

STYLE IT WITH STONE

Use natural stone cladding to turn a simple chimney into a stunning statement. Take the stone all the way up to the ceiling for extra impact.

 

 

RUSTIC BRICK

Give an old-fashioned brick fireplace a rough whitewash or mortar wash (German smear) to brighten it up and create a serene country-style ambience.

 

 

WOOD WORKS

If you're designing a wood-burning fireplace, consider creating a special storage space for firewood. Not only is it functional, but it looks clean and contemporary too.

 

 

COLOUR BLOCK

What could be quicker or easier than highlighting your fireplace with an exciting pop of colour? Remember to choose a good-quality paint that can be cleaned easily.

 

 

MIRROR MAGIC

Create instant drama and open up the room by topping your fireplace with a large mirror. Style candles in front of it for extra ambience in winter, and flowers and greenery in glass bottles for a lush feeling in summer.

 

 

TRADITIONAL TILES

The perfect combination of function and tradition, a tiled fireplace can also have a funky, modern feel, depending on the pattern you choose. Black and white is a definite trend for fireplace tiles.

 

 

MAKE A STATEMENT WITH A MANTELPIECE

While the fireplace is the focal point, the mantelpiece is like a picture frame – and a great one makes all the difference. Whether you go for polished marble or a rough-hewn wooden beam, a statement mantelpiece will certainly set the tone.

 

HEAT UP YOUR HOME WITH A BEAUTIFUL FIREPLACE

Found a fireplace idea you love? Apply for an RCS Personal Loan, and you could be granted a cash loan of up to R150 000, with flexible repayment options from 12 to 60 months. Use the cash to create a snug and stylish centrepiece for your home that you’ll enjoy for years to come.