Isotta Milani. Fireplace. February 10th , 2018.
Consider the type of material that would be efficient as well as beautiful enough to put that perfect amount of pizazz into your living room. Sometimes you might want to use the standard brick style because it fits, but take that plain brick style and step it up a notch. You can do this by designing a layout that tells your guests that you are far from simple. Just because you want the traditional brick does not mean it has to be built traditionally. You can take any of the available materials and make almost any pattern that your mind can think up. Be creative and allow spontaneity to come into play.
A fireplace can be the centerpiece of a room, breathing personality and life into an otherwise ordinary room. It draws families together for warmth, conversation, and entertainment. But fireplace mantels - more than the fireplace itself - reflect the home owner‘s unique personality and create a focal point for an entire room. The style and material of fireplace mantels - as well as the way in which they are decorated - tell a story about the homeowner and their very specific tastes. But more than anything, a mantel should be integrated into the overall design and theme of the home.
The Victorian era was often referred to as The Battle of the Styles, due to the popularity of the many decorative designs from previous eras. Depending on a family‘s status, the Victorian fireplace mantel was made from slate, marble, wood or stone. The early and mid-Victorian period preferred the Gothic and Elizabethan styles: the Gothic was associated with the true Christian principles of morality, honesty and purity and the Elizabethan era invoked nostalgia for a chivalrous bygone age.
Regardless of the size of the project that you decide on, be sure to factor in any changes that you are planning to the living space. Are you planning on painting or getting new furniture? What is the style of your house and your existing furniture? Should the mantel be painted or are there other natural woods in the house that you would like to tie in with the fireplace? Tying the look of the fireplace into the style of your home makes it an elegant accent instead of oddity like our pink fireplace was before it was remodeled.
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