Fireplace. Saturday , January 20th , 2018 - 23:47:02 PM
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.
Some mantels can be purchased as a single unit through home improvement or fireplace stores. But to really reflect the personality of the homeowner and create a unique and interesting design deserving of being the focal point of a room, it should be built to custom specifications. There are a variety of companies that specialize in building fireplace mantels by hand to the customer‘s exact specifications and material. Such companies will often come directly to your home to take measurements and establish the overall design of the room so as to best create something that works within the space.
It goes without saying that fireplaces have been a staple of civilization for centuries. Although fireplaces were at one time strictly used for heating buildings only, as we developed better heating technologies, they have become mostly a novelty. Due to the warm, inviting, and cozy nature of a fireplace strategically located in a house, people will instinctively gather around. In a way, a fireplace is a bit like a television-it can act as the centerpiece of a room if the circumstances are right.
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