I ended up with my electric fireplace by accident, but it was perhaps my best item of 2019. I absolutely love it! I’ve had wood fireplaces and gas logs, but prefer the electric by far. It’s beautiful to look at...so relaxing...and it’s warm with the heater. You can enjoy the fire without the heat on. No mess to clean up, no safety worries like gas. Mine is built into the tv stand....grey driftwood color, with glass cabinets on both sides. I think a fireplace alone is great, but it will take up a lot of room and will compete with the tv for the vocal point of the room, but some people aren’t big on tv like I am. I would suggest that you get one with a remote, which I don’t have. Also, consider that if you want a very large tv, it might not fit the stand/fireplace. Mine holds a 55 inch tv and I want a 65 inch, but I don’t think my stand/fireplace will accommodate it. The price was AWESOME. It came from Amazon, but Walmart had the exact same item and my mom got hers there and for an even lower price! She loves hers too. It makes the room come alive.
I LOVE those white fireplaces posted upthread! I would prefer one like that, however, they are a little more than I could spend on one. Mine was actually free, from my brother. I think he payed about under $300.00.