It is not an easy task to choose the right fireplace heart design and material. First because the heart adds the finishing touches of the fireplace appearance, adds beauty to the room and it is very important that the original purpose of the fireplace hearth is to add safety is not overlooked.
Fireplace heart materials for the different types of fire
Maybe you have heard that the fireplace heart is half the fireplace. It is quite true when the word comes for safety not only for the home but for the occupants as well. There are different types of fireplace heart materials and some preliminary information is an absolute must before choosing the design of your heart. The heart must be made of non-combustible materials in case any stray sparks or embers escaped the fireplace. Brick or stone are the classic materials and the best choice for a hearth as they do not catch fire, but they can also be among the most expensive. Other materials like ceramic tiles, marble, granite, concrete, slate have been widely used in various designs. Granite and tiles are recommended for solid fuels (real fires). Granite, tiles, slate, limestone – these are perfect for gas or electric fireplaces.
Fireplace heart design ideas in various styles
The fireplace heart combined with a unique fireplace screen makes a big difference not only to the way the fireplace looks but to the whole interior of the room. Stone hearts, such as granite, marble, travertine add a touch of class and elegance to the home. Glass hearts will look great and modern. Make sure that these are made of safety glass. Slate is another contemporary option as it adds a polished shiny accent to the interior. Some hearts can be edged with metal ornaments to enhance their strength. Check the gallery and see the different styles of hearts – modern, classic, rustic, as well as some ideas for choosing your heart material.
Natural stone is typical for the rustic style
Concrete is suitable for modern interiors
The hearth can provide additional seating space
Modern materials allow original designs
Cantilevered fireplace heart designs are trendy
The main function of the hearth is to add safety
The hearth has an important aesthetic function as well