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Total white is an interior design trend which is already well-known. The success of this trend is mainly due to the popularity acquired by the Nordic style furniture, fundamentally based on the essential element: light, natural colours, minimal and functional furniture, simple lines. Everything that is superfluous is eliminated to obtain a more airy, spacious and bright environment. The total white style is chosen not only for walls or floors, but also for furnishing elements, ranging from the kitchen to the sofa, table and wardrobes etc. Claddings for contemporary fireplaces can also be chosen in the white version, thus obtaining a “wow” effect.
Let’s find out the spectacular results of these claddings.
The white colour has different shades: ice, ivory, pearl, champagne, cream, nude… a colour palette with more than 160 different shades. Whether you choose cool tones or warmer shades, the choice of total white to furnish your home can be really impressive. The surprising effect can be even stronger with a fireplace with white cladding.
In fact, imagine the fire framed by an icy white or a warmer tone, in both cases the amber colour of the flames is enhanced, emphasised and made more important by the white that with its own light makes it even more vivid and brighter. Conversely, the warm, vivid shades of the fire, help to give a livelier feel to the total white cladding.
Many interior designers are aware of the strong visual effect of such a choice and unreservedly opt for a firebox that is framed with white cladding that is hand-crafted and can be embellished with elegant decorations or embossed details.
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Combining white with a precious material such as Majolica, you get a truly unique result. The fireplace cladding in Majolica truly makes the difference, thanks to the versatile features of this ceramic material. The Majolica is processed and finished by hand, every frame is therefore a unique and exclusive item. The surface of a fireplace cladding can be flat, or enriched with decorations that may be embossed or otherwise, ranging from floral motifs to geometric lines. Let’s look at a few examples:
In the picture above we can see a significant demonstration of craftsmanship in the manufacture of Majolica. The surface has embossed decorations with floral patterns and soft lines. The white-washed colour, with cool tones, enhances the amaranth nuances of the fire, resulting in a fireplace with a significant scenic effect.
Contrasting finishes and symmetrical shapes characterise the DARWIN cladding in the picture. The engraving on one side of the frame, the shape and position of the Majolica panels that make up the final cladding provide the fireplace with dynamism and character.
This cladding is characterised by large Majolica panels. The brightness is amplified by the smooth surface and by the Bianco Antico colour. In this cladding, the white surface is interrupted by a design element which conceives the fireplace as a set of two different forms that are, nevertheless, perfectly complementary.
The Columbia cladding is part of the Piazzetta Luxury line. The frame is entirely made of Majolica with a bristled side finishing embellished with brushed details in Argento crystalline finishing. The silver details help to make the white even brighter.
An alternative to cladding in Majolica is plasterboard; a practical, economical and fast solution. Plaster has fire retardant features, ensuring a natural resistance to fire. It is also easy to work with, so it ensures maximum customisation: square, round or particular shapes. Once the structure is ready, all you need to do to obtain a total white effect is to paint it in bright white. The hearth, framed into a white surface will undoubtedly be the main attraction of the room.
Due to the features mentioned above, plasterboard is also suitable for corner fireplaces. Modern, corner fireplaces are very often conceived to maximise the space in your house; following this logic, plasterboard is the ad hoc solution because it allows you to create a perfectly made-to-measure surround.
Corner fireplaces often have built-in benches or wood racks to take advantage of the space available and to decorate the fireplace in its entirety. Among the Piazzetta proposals, there are in fact fireplaces with benches in fine Majolica, of different lengths, where you can for example place furnishing elements.
The visual effect of a fireplace also depends on the internal characteristics of the firebox. According to such choices, the final result obtained can be really impressive. For example, to emphasize the view of the fire and to enhance the fireplace itself we suggest opting for a large firebox. Moreover, the use of specific internal materials allows you to increase the shininess and the brilliance of the fire and therefore of the cladding itself. An example? Aluker is a patented ceramic material by Piazzetta that lines the firebox and improves combustion and heat diffusion. From an aesthetic point of view, its distinguishing light colour that remains so over time, can make the view of the fire even more pleasant and bright. The decision on which firebox to purchase – a wood-burning or pellet-burning one – is not, therefore, a trivial matter, when you consider the benefits that can be gained in terms of performance and aesthetics.
In addition to a wide selection of fireboxes, Piazzetta has a range of fireplace inserts, ideal if you want to renovate your old fireplace. As mentioned above, for a truly spectacular visual effect, the internal features of a firebox are just as important as the purely-aesthetic features of the cladding. Even with regards to efficiency, an insert allows you to transform a poorly performing fireplace into a modern one with high thermal yield. Wood-burning, pellet-burning, thermo… you can choose the fuel and the heating method you prefer without having to carry out major work on the existing fireplace.
As we have seen, total white is not just a temporary trend but a style in décor that will never go out of fashion and that can adapt to any kind of furniture, from country to shabby chic and from classic to industrial and modern. By choosing refined furniture elements, such as fireplace claddings in Majolica, the elegant effect of total white is enhanced. The quality of the material used to create the claddings and their whiteness give life to unquestionably elegant and versatile surrounds, capable of conferring further brightness to the fire, that already shines with its own light, creating a warm, unique and cosy atmosphere, that is pleasing to the eye.