Choosing A Fireplace Surround 101 | Burning Inspirations
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What Is A Fireplace Surround? 

A fireplace surround is the decorative frame that surrounds a fireplace. It can be made of many different materials, including wood, stone, metal, or tile. The surround often extends beyond the firebox to include the entire hearth area.

A fireplace surround serves both a practical and aesthetic purpose. It helps to protect your walls from heat and smoke damage, and it also adds a touch of style to your fireplace.

Surrounds for fireplaces are highly popular in the UK, as they offer a way to personalise your fireplace and make it a real focal point to uplift your home. It’s a typically British feature, and one that can really make your home stand out.

What Is A Fireplace Surround Made From? 

Fireplace surrounds can be made from many different materials. At Burning Inspirations, we offer a wide range of fire surround materials, including wooden, marble, limestone, granite surrounds, and even cast-iron surrounds. We explore these in more detail:

Wooden Fireplace Surrounds

Wooden surrounds are a classic choice that can really bring out the best in your fireplace. They come in a wide range of woods,,including oak, pine, mahogany finish on a solide wood, veneered wood.. You can also choose from a variety of finishes, such as stained, painted, or natural wood.

Marble Fireplace Surrounds

Marble surrounds are another classic option that can give your fireplace a luxurious look. Marble is a popular choice for its beauty and durability. It’s also easy to clean and maintain.

Limestone Fireplace Surrounds

Limestone is a sedimentary rock, it has a matt finish which many people prefer to the polished marble look. A limestone mantle is always better if you’re wanting to frame the opening when you have a stove fitted as this is incombustible, where as a wooden mantle needs to be a certain distance from the radiant heat of a wood burner.   It’s strong and durable, making it a good choice for a fireplace surround. Limestone is also easy to clean and maintain.

Cast-Iron Fireplace Surrounds

Cast-iron surrounds are a popular choice for their durability and classic style. They’re also easy to clean and maintain.  We generally install these into victorian properties but can be fitted in any home if requiring the look. With the cast iron fireplaces and mantles there are set sizes and widths which can’t be altered.

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Paragon Core, glass fronted High efficient gas fire.
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The Different Styles Of Fireplaces Surrounds

There are many different styles of fireplace surrounds to choose from. The style you choose will be dictated by the overall style of your home, as well as your personal preferences.

Here are some of the most popular styles of fireplace surround:

Classic Fireplace Surrounds

Classic surrounds often feature small details and classic materials, such as wood and stone. It is the most popular type of fire surround in the Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes area as it can complement both traditional and contemporary homes.

Contemporary Fireplace Surrounds

Contemporary surrounds are typically more minimalistic in design. They often feature clean lines and simple materials, such as metal and glass.  Many people are now choosing just the  wide fire – upto 12.4m wide  then they have their TV mounted above the fire – depending of if the fire is a gas fire or an electric you need to be aware of the heat coming off the fire.

Rustic Fireplace Surrounds

Rustic surrounds are perfect for homes with a country or traditional decor. This traditional fireplace surround often features natural materials, such as stone and wood.

Victorian Fireplace Surrounds

Victorian surrounds are a popular choice for period properties. They often feature ornate details and luxurious materials, such as marble and granite.

If you would like to find out more about the fireplace surrounds and how we can help you at Burning Inspirations, get in touch with our team.