Electric Fireplaces for Warmth and Ambiance
Electric fireplaces aren't just for personal residences. Add the homey glow and charming design of a fireplace to your office so your clients and employees feel welcomed. Electric units typically can run with or without heat, meaning your office can enjoy the cozy glow year round, even when it's sweltering outside.
Create a Relaxing Environment
There's just something about a fireplace that makes people want to come in and stay a while. Creating a home-like environment in an office puts people at ease. Add cozy flames to make your employees feel like a family. A fireplace doesn't work miracles, but the homey touches may make your staff enjoy being at the office just a little more. Those homey touches can also put clients at ease in your therapy office or funeral parlor, giving clients permission to feel comfortable and able to open up. Your fireplace stands out, making clients take notice and remember your business.
Spot Heat the Office
Some areas of your office may need a little burst of warmth. If your waiting room is by the door, cold drafts each time someone comes in can make the space feel chilly. Perhaps an office along an exterior wall of your building never stays warm. Installing a fireplace in chilly spots warms them up so no one has to worry about frostbite during the workday. Fireplaces also work well on unseasonably cold days when you don't want to turn on the furnace but need a little heat to feel comfortable. Kick on the fireplace long enough to make the office warm. When the space gets warm enough, switch over to the flame-only option available on most electric fireplaces so your employees can still enjoy the glow without overheating.
Make It Multi-Functional
Electric fireplaces are so much more than sources of heat or ambiance. Many designs come built in to a wood surround, often with a mantel, shelves or storage cabinets as part of the unit. Display company awards on the mantel or open shelves to subtly remind your clients just how good you are. Place books related to your line of work -- or better yet, books written by staff members -- as reading material while clients wait. Or choose a fireplace with hidden storage to discreetly store items you don't use often.
Set the Office Tone
Just like any office decor, fireplaces let you express your sense of style and the impression you want your business to make. Does your office pride itself on cutting-edge ideas and forward thinking? Make the decor match with a sleek, modern fireplace built into the wall. Do you rely heavily on traditions to carry your business forward? Go with the traditional look of a wooden surround. Say it with flames by using an electric fireplace as a way to set the tone and define the style of your office.