I hate to be taking you from outdoors to cooler weather in two days, but just because we have warm weather does not mean that new construction selections stop. Yes, one selection that makes us think of cooler weather is a fireplace. And fireplace designs are a very important decision; they are an architectural element that can set the overall ambience and design of a room. There are so many fireplace design material options to select from, but today lets focus on stone fireplaces.
Stone fireplaces are very common and have been around for centuries. Why choose a stone fireplace? The firebox surround, by code, has to have a material surrounding it so many inches that will not catch fire, and that material is typically stone. Then a mantle or fireplace surround can be installed around the firebox.
With selecting a natural stone to face the entire fireplace, you add depth, texture, and color to the room. With vast options of colors, shapes, & types of stones to choose from, the you can cover every design style. Stone is not biased, it loves every design style. When selecting your stone, you must also think of color. The beauty of natural stone is that there is color variation, so if you select a stone that has lots of color, that will depict your room's color scheme. Remember, the darker the color, the heavier the stone will look.
- designer Jeffrey Bilhuber, House Beautiful, photographer Julian Wass
Another room changing decision is do you take the stone to the ceiling or carry it to the bottom of the mantle. There is no wrong decision, but for more of a visual impact, take the stone to the ceiling. But only take the stone to the ceiling if your room can handle the visual weight of the stone. A small space with only 8-foot ceilings might not look right with a dark, heavy stone; I would select a light colored stone for an 8-foot ceiling room.
Carry Stone to the Ceiling:
- designer Mary McDonald, House Beautiful, photographer Amy Neunsinger
Carry Stone to Bottom of Mantle:
- designer Jeffrey Bilhuber, House Beautiful, photographer William Abranowicz
Cut Stone or Stone Tile:
- designer Stephen Shubel, House Beautiful, photographer Luca Trovato
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