September 17, 2012
Fireplaces warm your home in more ways than one. Over the years, one of the challenges homeowners have mentioned to me is how to accessorize a fireplace. A fireplace is often a focal point in any given room. Personally, I am not fond of placing plasma televisions over them. However, it certainly is an option. I think how to approach it depends on the style of the fireplace, the function of the room in which it is located, and — most importantly — if it has a mantel or not.
The surround of the fireplace can be made out of wood, natural stone, cast stone or simply tiled and trimmed. As for hearths, they can be raised or at floor level depending on the firebox, and they can incorporate contrasting materials or match. It is about the overall look. More often than not, clients will select gas fireplaces over wood-burning. In addition, you may want to consider one of the newer fireplaces, which have become quite popular, such as “Heat & Glo” fireplaces.
Remember: If you are renovating or doing new construction, consider the option to place at least one outlet discreetly over the mantle for Christmas lights or even lamps. When you have completed art and accessories, you then have the challenge of looking for a screen. Sometimes the screen itself can be a work of art or very understated.
Regardless of your final selections, the ambience and warmth that a fireplace brings a space is well worth the challenge.