If you are in the process of finding the right antique fireplace for your house, here are some things you need to take into consideration.
What is your preferred style of antique fireplace?
When you have a fireplace, it becomes the focal point of the room. That is why it is so important that you choose a style that will gel with the rest of your furnishings. There are plenty of antique materials you can choose from: classical or neo-classical marble, decorated wood or stately stone, among others.
If you prefer a classically statutory look, go for marble. Gothic stone is the way to go if you fancy a rustic aesthetic. If you like intricate decoration, a carved wooden fireplace would be a good choice. To stand out from the crowd, you could even go with metal, such as in an antique polished cast iron fireplace.
What is your preferred size of antique fireplace?
Unless your home has a flat wall, measure the width of the chimney breast, as well as the fire opening’s dimensions (carefully measure the width at both the front and back as they can be different). You should also measure the height of the ceiling and the dimensions of the room for a well-rounded idea of the proportions.
Depending on your measurements, you can choose from a variety of reproduction or antique fireplaces, from petite pieces for studies and bedrooms to fire surrounds for a farmhouse kitchen.
Will the fireplace be functional or simply decorative?
If the fireplace is simply meant for aesthetic purposes and not for heating, you’ll have to consider how you will fill in the gap. You could use an antique fire screen, or a register grate to make sure there’s no hole right in the middle of your room.
Do you live in a listed building?
If so, you may need consent from the building to purchase or replace the fireplace. You will need permission to take out an already existing fireplace, even if it’s to install a more properly fitted one!
Do you need fireplace accessories?
You can fill up the space with details like a register grate, fire basket or antique fender; just make sure they match with the look of your fireplace!
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