Few features can give a jewelry store a homier feel more quickly than a fireplace, especially in the winter.
Interior designer Leslie McGwire says that while fireplaces are usually thought to add a traditional touch, they are available in a wide range of styles. She likes to incorporate them in areas of jewelry stores that also have a bar area and TV for the ultimate statement in hospitality.
She often employs electric fireplaces, which are affordable, simple to install and kid-friendly. “If you’re doing new construction, it’s easy to do,” she says. “Make a hole, pop it in and it’s good to go.” Because electric fireplaces can adapt to a variety of looks, they are just as suitable for a modern space as a clubby one. “Hit the switch,” she says. “Now we’ve got a fire!”