Monday, 15 December 2014

Ten Ways Fireplaces put the Magic into Christmas

Ever since the introduction of Christmas cards in the Victorian era, the festive season is synonymous with excited children waiting by the hearth to open their presents, and families warming themselves around an open fire. The fireplace is central to the festive season – and even Santa is supposed to arrive down the chimney to hand out carefully wrapped gifts! There’s something magical about a roaring fire, and piling hardwood logs by the hearth in preparation for a frosty morning. Read on to discover ten ways fireplaces put the magic into Christmas.

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Fireplaces Create a Social Atmosphere – Fireplaces provide warmth, and a lit fire is an essential part of the festive season; it is where you, your friends and family gather to play board games, open presents and enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple before Christmas dinner.

It’s Where the Presents are Found – It’s long been a tradition to hang stockings by the fireplace on Christmas Eve (although not when the fire is on) ready to be filled with presents for children – and adults – to open in the morning. Stocking fillers are still popular, in conjunction with gifts under the tree.

A Place to Display Christmas Cards – The mantelpiece is the most obvious place to display your Christmas cards, although a safer option is to hang cards on string around the room, place them on window sills, or fix them to specially designed card holders that can show five or more cards at a time.

Where Santa Finds His Mince Pies – Lots of families leave mince pies and a small glass whisky by the fire for Santa on Christmas Eve. Of course, it makes a refreshing treat for Santa after his journey down the chimney – and you might want to leave a carrot or two out for the reindeer!

It Creates Warmth on Cold Nights – There’s something enchanting about lighting the fire during the festive season. It warms up a room and helps cut down on heating bills too. Just make sure you organise your winter fuel home delivery well in advance through Big K so you have enough for the holiday period.

Extra Lighting at Christmas – Lights and colour from a flickering fire is captivating, especially against a backdrop of a room filled with candlelight, warm lamps and Christmas tree fairy lights.

It Adds Atmosphere – A crackling log fire adds an instant wintery feel and makes Christmas Day special; even more so when there is snow on the ground outside. Home fires also create a relaxing focal point when you want to wind down after all that delicious food!

Provides a Christmas Photo Opportunity – A lit fire creates a number of idyllic photo opportunities, and you might want to use one of these family photos to go on your Christmas cards, this year or next.

Is Reminiscent of Yesteryear – A fireplace conjures up all the charm of bygone years, when the fire was central to the home. It was once a place where food was cooked, kettles were boiled, and children bathed in a tin bath in front of it to keep warm.

Roast Chestnuts and Marshmallows – This is a fun activity for the whole family – although it’s vital to follow the fire safety rules and, of course, never to leave young children or pets unaccompanied by the fire.

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Ten Ways to Make Your Living Room Snug this Winter

With the drop in temperature outside, now is the time to turn your attention to your interior and think about ways to make your home cosy this winter. Here, Big K Products – who sell winter fuel and logs for home delivery – looks at ten simple, low cost ways to revamp your living room with stunning results. You don’t have to spend too much as even the smallest of additions will ensure your home looks warm and inviting from autumn until spring. Read on to discover our top tips on how to stay snug indoors whatever the weather.

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Light the Fire – If you have a fireplace, nothing beats the warmth and crackle of a real log fire. Lighting the fire is the easiest way to turn your home into a haven this winter, so now is the time to get your chimney swept and to stock up on winter fuel so you are prepared well in advance of any cold snaps.

Fireplaces and wood burning stoves can cut down on heating bills and, according to financial website This is Money, installing a working fire in your home can add as much as 5 per cent to the value of your property. The appeal of a fireplace or wood burning stove will transform any living room and the good news is that you don’t have to spend time chopping logs for your fire. This is because Big K Products make it as easy as possible for you to order all your winter fuel products online, as we sell a variety of products including seasoned hardwood, anthracite coal, house coal, smokeless fuel, kindling, and logs for home delivery. Just click on the link above to find out more and enter your postcode to discover if we deliver to your area.

Invest in a Cosy Throw – Another way to keep warm this winter is to invest in a cosy throw to drape over a sofa or arm chair. From warm woollen throws, to cotton or textured throws there are hundreds of different makes and designs to choose from, so you will always find one that blends well with the colours of your living room.

With prices to suit all budgets, it is a low cost way to revamp your living room in winter and nothing beats cosying up under a warm throw with a good book or a movie when there’s snow on the ground outside.

Inject Colour with Cushions – A few coordinating cushions in different textures is a simple way to alter the look of a living room with the change of seasons. Fluffy cushions, silks, floral patterns and prints are in fashion this year with reds, blues and greys among the top autumn and winter colours.

Add Warmth with a Rug – A warm, textured rug feels fantastic underfoot on cold evenings. Choose a rug that will work with your soft furnishings: from contemporary rugs in bold shapes, to more traditional Turkish style rugs, there is an unlimited range to suit old and new properties. Always be sure to place your rug at a safe distance from the fireplace, however, to avoid sparks.

Sink into an Occasional Chair – Armchairs, rocking chairs, or bold, bright contemporary chairs add atmosphere to your living room and can also serve as a focal point. Ordering your winter fuel products online and logs for home delivery via Big K is a great timesaver, so all you have to do is sit back, and relax in your favourite comfy chair and enjoy the warmth of your lit fire.

Create Atmosphere with Lighting – A lit fire will shed some light, but layering lighting with side lamps, floor standing lamps and picture lights, can work wonders to add a cosy feel to a living room. Lights come in all shapes, sizes and designs, including sculptural sidelights which act as a work of art in themselves.

De-clutter with Storage Chests – Storage chests that double up as coffee tables, side tables or seating is another way to prepare your home for winter – and can help accommodate extra guests. If you have limited space, you can use this furniture piece to store your cushions and throws in summer, or if you have a sturdy wooden chest, you can use it to store your winter fuel or logs from Big K’s home delivery service.

Light Some Candles – Candles create flattering light and add instant appeal to a living room. From large, floor standing candles that last for years, to tea lights or scented candles, they are always handy to stock up on all year round.

Open up a Space with Mirrors – You can use all sorts of tricks with mirrors to bring more light into a room and create the illusion of a larger space. Hang one above the fireplace or place one above a console table and put two matching lamps in front of it to cast a warm glow.

Set Coasters Out – Coasters are a cheap but effective home accessory and you can get a variety of natural designs which will coordinate with your fireplace. Place them on coffee and side tables for guests to put their drinks on, and enjoy a warming mug of hot chocolate, or glass of whisky by the fire.

About Big K

Big K offer a home delivery service for winter fuel products including solid fuel, logs, firewood and auxiliaries such as matches and firelighters. Click on the link above to view our range of products.