Let the war of the roaring fire commence! When it comes to selecting a fireplace and choosing your fireplace surrounds for your home, you need to make the decision pretty soon as to the type and style of fireplace you’ll choose for your home. Do you go for an ultra sleek, modern fireplace that oozes contemporary chic? Or do you go down the route of choosing a fireplace that’s more traditional; with Victorian-esque surrounds, crackling logs and a purring cat to complete the look?
A traditional fireplace is a great way to exaggerate and draw attention to the warmth in your home, which is ideal for the winter season. If you live in a Victorian terrace with an elaborate chimney breast you’ll want to show this off in the best light possible – cast iron fire surrounds are a great way to achieve this look as are eloquent, oriental inspired tiles. A cast-iron bucket filled with logs will finish off this look just perfectly. If your home is anew-build but you want that vintage appeal then try white-washing a wooden fire surround for instant ageing.
The interior umbrella of ‘contemporary’ is huge and will largely depend on the style of your home and the era it was built in. You wouldn’t necessarily associate marble with a contemporary interior but it can work really well with your fireplace choice – this surround can create a sleek, affluent setting and would look perfect teamed with silver fireplace. Monochrome and pearly silvers are crucial colour palettes to bear in mind for a truly contemporary look to your room, as are clean-cut shapes; so try your best to avoid clutter around your fire place (there’ll be no decorative tiles here, instead think sleek arty shapes and ornaments).
But the fight of the flames isn’t over yet – when you come to choose your fireplace online your choice will depend on more than your interior, for instance your living circumstances: whilst you may feel that a wall-mounted fireplace is better suited to high-flying professional Londoner, if you’ve got children it might be an option well worth considering – a wall mounted fireplace will pose less of a threat to crawling kiddies and run-about toddlers than an open, ground level fireplace.
Ultimately, the choice is yours; both contemporary or traditional styles provide a great backdrop for your new fireplace!
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