We’ve just entered the first few weeks of winter and temperatures have plummeted. In fact, experts are saying that the country is experiencing the coldest start to winter in 128 years.
With low temperatures and freezing winds, as well as longer nights and earlier sunsets, it’s no wonder that the latest trend sweeping Australian households involves staying in rather than going out. Staying in is more convenient and affordable than spending a night out on the town, and also allows you to socialise with friends and family in a familiar setting. If you plan on spending the majority of winter nights indoors, make sure you have a free standing gas fireplace to keep you and your guests warm and comfortable.
The Danish call this new trend ‘hygge’, which is described as “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people”. The term has become so popular that it was named one of the words of the year by the Oxford Dictionary. It seems that people all over the world are choosing to celebrate ‘hygge’ at home. Curl up as a family or group of friends, share a casual dinner, catch up on some TV or bring out the classic board games. Research even shows that the sales of board games such as Monopoly, Chess, Trivial Pursuit, Backgammon and Scrabble have increased recently.
So why is having a free standing gas fireplace so important? Because if you’re going to bring your family and friends together in your home, you’ve got to keep them warm and relaxed. A free standing gas fireplace offers you all the warmth and ambience of a wood burning fireplace, but requires less maintenance. Plus you can choose between an open gas style or a balanced flue system, depending on what you’re wanting to get out of your fireplace. Gas fireplaces don’t have the same smell or crackle of a wood burning fireplace, so it can make for a more relaxed atmosphere.
If you don’t have a dedicated space for a fireplace insert, then a free standing gas fireplace is your best bet if you want to make the most of these freezing, miserable nights inside. It will help you create the perfect warm and inviting environment to master ‘hygge’ with the people you love.
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