Every year, as the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, thoughts turn to relaxing at home by the fireside. If you're one of the many who are thinking of adding a fireplace to your home, we've broken down the latest and greatest in the home hearth industry so you'll be sure to find the fireplace that's right for you.

See the Latest in Fireplace Trends

Fireplaces have been a mainstay in homes since we lived in caves. Fortunately, we've come a long way since then, and the industry still comes out with new, innovative products every year. If you want your new fireplace to be the best it can be, it helps to be aware of new developments in the hearth industry. We've detailed a few major trends below to help you make your purchasing decision.

Top Trends in Electric Fireplaces

Installing a new fireplace can be a major project because of the need for framing, masonry and ventilation. If you'd like the warmth and ambience of a fireplace without the need for all that, an electric fireplace is the choice for you. They're available as simple wall-mount units for a plug and play experience, or as a built-in fireplace for a more integrated look. For even more detail, take a look at our electric fireplace buying guide.

Clean & Contemporary Electric Fireplaces

Minimalist design cues are a major influence in interior decoration right now, so a slim and streamlined fireplace like the Dimplex IgniteXL are an excellent accent to take the modern look to the next level. Perfect for new builds or home remodels, this unit is sure to be a centerpiece wherever you place it.

Customizable Electric Fireplaces

When making any major purchase for your home, it pays to find the option that meets all your needs and suits your tastes to a T. For this, you'll want to look to the Napoleon Entice series of electric fireplaces. With the option for a more traditional log accent or modern fire glass, you're sure to find a choice that you're thrilled with.

Non-Traditional Form Factors

More and more, manufacturers are creating electric fireplaces in sizes and shapes that can be integrated into almost any room, like the Napoleon Allure series. In particular, installing them in the kitchen or bathroom is becoming more popular. If this idea appeals to you, you'll want to take a look at our guide to electric fireplaces by room.

Top Trends in Gas Fireplaces

If you're looking to add real fire to your home without the work that a wood-burning fireplace takes, then a gas fireplace might be right for you. The warmth and ambiance they add to your home makes them a welcome addition to any space. You can also check out our gas fireplace buying guide for more info.

Modern Gas Fireplaces

Just like electric fireplaces, the current trend in gas fireplaces is toward a clean, minimalist look like the White Mountain Hearth Forest Hills unit. Things like fire glass and other artistic media choices like this nickel-plated piece from Napoleon offer striking visual appeal.

Electronic Ignition Gas Fireplaces

The undeniable convenience of an electronic ignition is becoming increasingly popular because it makes using your gas fireplace as simple as pressing a button. One such example is this Superior fireplace, which comes standard with an intermittent pilot electronic ignition with a battery backup in case of a power outage. On top of that, you can add on a remote and/or wall control for even more convenience.

Top Trends in Gas Log Sets

If your home has an old wood-burning fireplace you don't get much use out of, it may be time to upgrade to a gas log set. These units offer similar ambiance and the classic feel of a traditional fireplace with superior convenience. We've got a gas log set buying guide if you have further questions.

Updated Style and Utility

The wide selection of vented gas log sets and vent-free log sets means it's easy to elevate your existing fireplace space. The gas log set is uniquely positioned as a great solution for replacing a wood-burning fireplace.

Gas Logs Offer Ease and Convenience

Though they're not totally maintenance free, gas log sets are one of the easiest choices for homeowners in search of a low-stress hearth. They create less mess than burning wood, they can put out more heat than an electric fireplace and they can be paired with a fireplace remote control for ease of use.

Want to Learn More about Fireplaces?

If you've read through this guide and are still curious to learn more about what's hot in the fireplace industry this year, you can talk to one of our product experts to ask any questions you have. Check our Contact Us page to find out how to reach us by phone or email.