Its official Winter is here! No wonder then that we have been so busy installing fireplace surrounds and hearths all over the area over the last couple of months. What a different adding a fireplace to any room makes. It can transform what is a relatively bare wall into a key focal point in a room, and in some instances you don’t even need to have a chimney!

The realities are that over time fireplace design has changed, as they are no longer a thing of necessity, but are now instead one of visual interest. The benefit of which means there is so much more choice. From your hearth’s shape, its style and colour right the way though to completing the look with a fireplace surround and mantel, but how do you balance function with beauty?

Firstly, understand what your room is all about?
The existing look, feel and styling of your chosen room are likely to be the biggest influence on the look of the hearth and fireplace you are trying to achieve. A contemporary home will probably be looking for a more modern style fireplace and hearth to reflect the spirit of the rest of the house. This environment lends itself to a much simpler slate hearth and surround, potentially finished with an elegant slate shelf acting as mantel to become the frame to a neat wood burning stove.







 

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Maybe the pure simplicity of this is not to your taste? Or it may not be appropriate for your home, where a more rustic or traditional look would work better. Generally, these natural stone fireplaces feature an element of elegant carving, which are carefully cut and hand finished completing the look.

Secondly, expand your horizons by taking the hearth to new heights
Some prefer the traditional look such as a hearth just proud of the flooring or a popular option at the moment is the fireplace hearth being flush with the floor.  However, it is important to consider the flooring that runs up to your hearth, as for open fires and even wood burning stoves, an apron of marble or granite directly in front of your fireplace is recommended.

But you don’t need to be limited by thinking your fire should be at floor level.  Many homes now are opting for raising their hearth in some instances by up to 40cm and even placing it in the centre of the room rather than tucking it into a wall.

Thirdly reflect your flair… and your heat
A fireplace is not just about being beautiful and enhancing your room. While the surround can be a statement reflecting your personality and style, if it is marble, granite or some other natural stone it will also efficiently reflect the heat too.

If you are unsure about what would work best and would like some help deciding on which natural stone would suit, then either call and book an appointment or send us some measurements and possibly your thoughts on the design and we will supply you with a free quote.