Installing a stone fireplace has a range of benefits. However, with the vast range of practical and design elements available, it might seem like there’s almost too much choice. It’s clear that you need to decide, but how? In today’s blog we take a look at all the things you should consider in order to choose a stone fireplace.
Think about the aesthetic of your home
In order to choose a stone fireplace, the first thing you should take note of is the existing visual vibe of your home. Is it rustic or modern? Minimal or traditional? What are the colours and textures you’ve used throughout your home; what kind of look do they contribute to?
Answering these questions can give you pointers as to the kind of stone design you need to be looking for. For example, if you are looking to achieve continuity with the country-rustic aesthetic of your home, you might avoid marble as it promotes a completely different look.
Of course, you aren’t always restricted to stick to your home’s existing design. You can certainly have a traditional-looking stone fireplace in a modern home to add some timeless luxury to the space. However, knowing your home’s aesthetic is the first step in seeing how you can work with or against it.
Know the types of stone available
So you know your home’s aesthetic, but what now? Well, the variety of stones available to you is an indicator of the range of looks you can achieve, whether that’s sleek, rough or asymmetrical.
When you’re looking to choose a stone fireplace, therefore, you should at least know a handful of materials that will accentuate the look you have in mind. You should also note that different stones suit different budgets; the price range can vary depending on the contractor.
Some stone materials used to build fireplaces include:
Consider all areas of your home
When you think ‘fireplace’, you often also think ‘living room’. And while it certainly is a great place to have a fireplace, you shouldn’t rule out your other options for locations.
- Outside: Having a stone fireplace in your backyard is a great design feature especially if you often host guests. It can be multi-functional; you can modify it so that it is suitable for cooking as well as heating.
- Bedroom: There’s no reason to avoid a fireplace in the bedroom. There is simply nothing more snug and relaxing than watching the flames flicker from your bed. From a design perspective, your stone fireplace can be the finishing element that ties your bedroom together.
- Kitchen: A daring design choice – but equally unique and useful – is a fireplace in the kitchen. This is an option you should consider especially if your kitchen is connected to the dining area. High traffic areas like this are practical for heating a large space, with a timeless touch.
Get creative with design elements
In order to get creative with design elements, you need to know them. Whether you’re building around a space for a television or having a standalone fireplace, these are just some options you can play around with:
- Ledge stone: Ledge stone is where the stone is cut down to fairly similar and symmetric shapes. The pieces are then stacked atop of one another. Ledge stone is often used to make the fireplace even more of a focal point, as it usually runs from the floor to the ceiling.
- Hearth: The hearth can either be the flooring of the fireplace, or the extra space jutting out at the bottom of the fireplace. Hearths are often used in rustic designs or for outdoor fireplaces.
- Mantelpiece: A mantelpiece is a form of shelving that sits above the fireplace. It’s commonly used to hold mirrors, artwork, ornaments, and family photos.
Though you want to choose a stone fireplace, there’s no reason you can’t experiment with other design elements within the parameter of safety. Why not incorporate a glass divider into the design for a more modern look? Or perhaps you could opt for a wooden mantelpiece instead of stone to tie into the rustic feel of your home.
You should spend time researching creative possibilities to have a clearer understanding of the fireplace you want to achieve. Some great resources include:
- Design magazines
- Blog posts
Get professional help with your fireplace
With practical considerations of safety, size and sealing, you should contact a contractor to help with your vision of the perfect stone fireplace.
At Stone Design Group, we can help you refurbish your existing fireplace or install a new one. We work with our customers to help them choose a stone fireplace that looks and fits right. Get in touch for a quote today to discuss the stone design options that we offer for fireplaces.