When it comes to creating a cosy, homely atmosphere, an open fire is hard to beat. There’s something very comforting about curling up on the sofa in front of it and settling down to a good book or a movie – preferably with a nice glass of wine!
If you have a fireplace if your home but would like to give it a bit of a facelift, the options are almost endless. Fireplace design has come a long way in the last decade and you can now get a style that will suit almost any decor – whether you live in a period cottage or a more modern contemporary home. A good quality fireplace will become a real feature in your room so it’s worth spending a bit of time choosing the right one.
If you decide to buy your fireplace from directfireplaces.com you’ll find a huge range to choose from with prices to suit most budgets. At the lower end of the price spectrum are the wooden fire surrounds which can look really stylish in both period and contemporary homes. They range in price from a couple of hundred pounds up to about six hundred or so for a very ornate one made from solid oak. The great thing about wood is that it is full of character yet never demands too much attention so a wooden fireplace will blend beautifully into the background while still lending lots of charm to the room. Colour wise, wood works well with pretty much everything, so you won’t be limited to painting the walls something simple like cream or ivory. Have a bit of fun and place a solid oak fireplace against a deep red or rich green wall for lots of impact.
If you have a bit more money to spend and want your fireplace to be a real feature in your room then why not splash out on a marble fireplace. Marble is an elegant, regal material that looks fantastic with simple understated furnishings and pale colours. It works well with either wooden floors or cream/stone coloured carpets but can look a bit out of place with lots of bright patterns or very modern furnishings. Price wise, marble fireplaces tend to range from about five or six hundred pounds up to a thousand, so it is a bit more of an investment. However, it’s durable, looks fantastic and is definitely worth the money.