Key Dynamics for Innovative Design: Relaxation, Social, Functionality

Posted Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018


Fireplaces make all the difference

The quality of life in a home is enhanced by great design. Taking the time to consider the meaningful experiences you’d like to have, is a terrific first step. Even before a designer or architect puts pen to paper, decide WHY you want different spaces in your home. When you understand the WHY of each space, you’ll be sure to set the stage and create a home that has great meaning and potential for incredible interactions.

During an in-depth consumer research study called Hot Spots¹, researchers examined how key areas and attributes of a home impacted home buyers and their purchases. They reviewed their decisions and measured their emotional connections made with various living spaces. What’s more, it revealed what many experienced designers and architects already knew. Each space’s appeal, depended upon three key room dynamics: relaxation, social, and functionality.

Key Dynamics for Innovative Room Design


Create a space that encourages personal relaxation, intimacy, and tranquility.


Create a gathering space for social interactions.


Create a space that is used for a very specific, unchanging purpose.

This study also identified a unique contribution made by fireplaces. It didn’t matter whether the fireplace was wood, gas, or electric. Any fireplace addition enhanced the dynamic appeal of every living space.

Here are some of the most innovative fireplace applications recommended by Cressy Door and Fireplace for 2018.

Devonshire-Astria-FireplacesLiving Room / Family Room

Living room and family room designs commonly use the fireplace as a focal point with the furniture arranged symmetrically. This arrangement sets the stage for a relaxing and intimate space. Click here to view some additional design ideas by Astria Fireplaces. 


Electric fireplaces are one of the most functional solutions for impossible installation challenges. They offer an immediate relaxation element and instant gratification. To peruse additional electric fireplace ideas from Amantii Electric Fireplaces click here.


Symmetry and organization are the keys to creating a functional and social setting in the kitchen. The stove is a crucial design element but it can be turned into a Hotspot by incorporating some close proximity seating or prep area as well as an innovative fireplace insert. Click here to see some great fireplace kitchen ideas by Napoleon Fireplaces. 


Adding dramatic and eye-catching fire features to an outdoor space, makes a bold statement. It also provides functional heat and the ideal setting to mix and mingle. Click here to view more outdoor fireplace ideas from Town and Country Fireplaces.


See-thru fireplaces can add a touch of elegance to any entryway. This functional design also gives you additional style on the other side of the wall. To view more stunning fireplace designs by Stellar Hearth click here.


If you are looking to enhance the appeal of your living spaces, give the team at Cressy Door and Fireplace a call. We have more fireplace options than any other Northwest dealer. Our experienced team members are on hand to help. Call Cressy Door and Fireplace now!