A fireplace surround is also commonly referred to as a chimney piece or fireplace mantle. In many houses the surround on European fireplaces is the focus in a living room. These surrounds can offer the opportunity to design the room with a statement pieces and there is something available to suit all rooms and also all budgets.
If you are looking for a surround then it is important to look for something that is functional as well as stylish, European fire surrounds will offer both of these. There is two main types of surrounds which is either the traditional style or contemporary style.
The classic designs are normally made from either stone or marble. These designs incorporate columns but these will depend on the area where they are manufactured. These fireplaces tend to rather large and they can in some cases cover the whole of the wall. Another European design for fire surrounds is ones that are wall mounted and the fire can be added into these ones.
Unlike the traditional styles of fireplaces the modern ones have the ability to add a more streamlined look and they are often made from stainless steel. The use of stainless steel make the fire surround stronger and they require very little maintenance. These fireplaces can be installed at any height on the wall, therefore it is possible to customise the room that you are putting it in.There are a few things that you should consider prior to getting your fire surround and these are include the material, the size of the surround, amount of budget available and the style. When it comes to choosing the material for the surround, you will need to decide if you want limestone, marble, fine woods or granites. It is important to choose the material which best suits your house.The size of the surround is another thing that does matter and it is important to bear in mind the size of room where it is getting installed. Choose a surround which is work best and look right in the space that you have available. The amount of budget that you have available is also a very important thing that consider, therefore make sure you know how much is available prior to shopping for a surround.If you are the type of person that likes to change their rooms decor often it will be a good idea to go for a style that is neutral as this will avoid the problem of having a surround that does not look right or having to get a new one everything you change decor. These surrounds can be rather expensive therefore it is worth getting something that is going to last for a while.
If you are looking for a very special fire surround then take time to look around and really find the one that you want. In some cases it might be a good idea to get advice from an interior designer as they will be able to assist with finding the best one that will work in the room that you are putting it into.