Fireplace. Saturday , January 20th , 2018 - 01:57:45 AM
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.
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.
Refacing the fireplace -- If you want to take the project to a whole new level, you can drastically change the look of a fireplace by using different materials on the exterior face of the fireplace. You can create a high-end elegant look with marble slabs, a modern look with concrete slabs, or a Craftsman look with small tiles in different shades and complementary woodwork. You can either add a mantel or remove one. You can change the shape or the size of the mantel to provide different proportions to your fireplace. Another option is to sheetrock or plaster parts of the fireplace. If the mass of the fireplace is too much for the room, you can reduce it by adding sheetrock or paneling to the exterior. There are even veneer stone and brick materials that are fairly easy to apply that can give your fireplace a very traditional look.
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