Mariette Josephe Fireplace January 16th, 2018 - 10:30:37
With fireplace season upon us you might be thinking about updating an old fireplace or building a new one. There are so many choices for facing a fireplace that picking one can be challenging. Style cost and installation are a few of the considerations you’ll likely have. Here are some options for you to consider; which one lights your fire?
When it comes to fireboxes homeowners seem to be gravitating to fire ribbons — gas flames that are wide but shallow appearing literally as ribbons of fire. The look is contemporary but minimalist with no faux logs. Instead flames rise from rock sand or glass. The idea isn’t to provide the illusion of a wood-burning fireplace just to add the warmth and beauty of a flickering flame.
Keep the glass box glass. On the outside the metal chimney remains the vertical totem it has always been. But now the glass wall can span up over and in front of the chimney. There's no need to have a chimney that breaks up and separates the elevation into pieces.
Brick with wood. Exposed brick with surrounding millwork looks timeless and can be a great way to update an older brick fireplace. The untouched brick adds a more textural contrast to a freshly painted mantel and surround. Forgo white or off-white; paint your fireplace surround a bold color and watch your room transform from good to great.
River rock. A naturally round stone that comes in various palettes river rock is available in many sizes even up to 15 inches. River rock is textural and neutral and fits with traditional and rustic styles. $4.000 to $7.000 for materials and installation.
Plaster. Common in the American Southwest plaster (very similar to a textured drywall) fireplace surrounds are traditional in design but oh so cozy. I love dining room fireplaces! Eliminating a protruding hearth on a fireplace in the dining room can free up much-needed floor space.