In the colder month’s nothing can quite beat the romantic notion of a roaring log fire, with its warming glow and comforting crackle. If you aren’t lucky enough to already have one in situ looking for the perfect fireplace to add to your home can be tricky. The LuxPad spoke to the experts at Chesney’s, leading suppliers of luxury fireplaces, to ask them how to pick the perfect fireplace. Managing Director Paul Chesney shares his top advice and expertise below…
There are no hard and fast rules about the correct dimensions for a chimneypiece within a room but there are some useful guidelines. The mantel shelf should not reach the half-way point to the ceiling. This cuts the wall into two halves and produces a very clumsy look to the fireplace. The mantel shelf should never over sail the edges of the chimneybreast. Ideally it should sit in a little from the edges of the breast. However in some instances the breast will be small in relation to the overall room size and in such a case the chimneypiece can fill the whole of the breast as it is more important that the scale of the chimneypiece suit the room. A common mistake is to choose a smaller chimneypiece than is appropriate. If in doubt, go for a larger surround and make a statement with it. After all, the chimneypiece should be the focal point of the room.
A fireplace should be chosen to suit the design scheme of the room into which it is to be installed. Where the fixtures and furnishings are of a specific period a safe course is to select a fireplace of the same period as it will relate stylistically to the other elements in the room. Alternatively, where a fireplace is to be chosen for a room with minimal furnishings, the fireplace can be used to make a statement and can be a standalone feature that does not necessarily need to relate to the other decorative features in the room scheme. Where period detail is not the overriding consideration and the design of the room is of an eclectic nature the only consideration that should govern the design of the fireplace is ensuring that the correct scale is achieved, irrespective of the style that is selected.
The only constraint when specifying a bespoke fireplace relates to the properties of the material to be selected for manufacture of the piece. Certain materials, for example are only available in smaller sections and therefore do not lend themselves to designs that include large, plain areas of material. Also, there are some stones and marbles that are suitable for the execution of intricate carved detail whereas others simply cannot be carved with any precision and complexity.
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