Fireplace. Saturday , January 20th , 2018 - 00:18:49 AM
Are you planning upon a remodel that includes a fireplace? Below we‘ll outline the questions you‘ll need to ask and the steps you‘ll need to take to ensure that your renovation flows smoothly and that you‘ll have a beautiful fireplace to enjoy when your reno is complete. What type of fireplace do you want? The three most common fuel types that you‘ll find on the market today are wood burning, gas burning, and electric fireplaces. Each has its own advantages and drawbacks. Wood burning fireplaces offer all the tradition and comfort of a real fire and are the best solution if you are looking for a primary or supplemental heat source for your home.
The degree of decoration on a Victorian fireplace mantel revealed social class and the social importance of a room. In working-class houses the fireplace was plain, but the over-mantle was very ornamental and made of wood, which was stained or painted. The industrious middle classes were able to mass-produce designs that would have only been previously available to the wealthy, and thus they had impressive fireplaces in the drawing and dining rooms - fireplaces presented in other rooms too, such as bedrooms, but these were on a much smaller scale. The wealthy were lucky enough to be able to choose any decorated designs that appealed to them.
The late Victorian age brought a mixture of styles. In direct contrast to the Georgian, Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, the Victorian era avoided sameness and had a richness that appealed to all. It was customary to decorate mantels with plush velvet pelmets; over-mantels had many shelves and brackets and sometimes the whole mantelpiece was backed with a mirror - plate glass became fashionable around this time. The late Victorians particularly loved Jacobean architecture, with its rich profusion of Renaissance and medieval motifs.
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