Fireplace Screens - What Finish or Style Best Complements Your Decor?
the fireplace is one of the most prized features in any home, the
simple and undeniable truth is that they can also be very
dangerous. After all, an open flame in your home is..well, an
open flame in your home! Wood used for building fires always
has air pockets and sap trapped inside that burst when flames reach
them, and thus causing sparks to fly from the hearth opening.
To prevent those sparks from damaging your flooring, injuring children
or pets, and ultimately to prevent your house from starting on fire,
you need to have a fireplace
screen blocking the hearth opening.
screen can be more than a functional necessity—it
can also dramatically enhance the overall look and feel of the entire
hearth décor. However, it is important to
understand that not all screens are designed to be
functional—some are purely decorative. Stained
glass fireplace screens are perfectly suited for traditional
or formal settings but they cannot be used to arrest sparks as the heat
from the flames will damage the glass and ruin the screen.
However, you can place a candelabra behind the screen to produce a
compelling decorative effect without causing damage.
screens make great complements in just about any
décor and many are made from special glass that can
withstand the heat. However, it is very, very important to
check with the manufacturer to make certain that this is the case as
some are purely decorative in nature.
screens have two basic components that combine to produce the
decorative appeal of the piece: the finish and the material
that the panel is made from. The finish is a very important
feature as it is often coordinated with other hearth accessories to
help unify the décor and enhance the decorative appeal of
the space. For those with a contemporary décor,
you want to look for finishes like: pewter, steel, and
chrome. If you have more of a traditional décor,
then there are quite a few options to choose from, including:
classic wrought iron, brass, bronze, and perhaps even polished iron or
gold. A copper or rust finish is better suited to a more
rustic or casual décor.
like any hearth accessory, must first be the proper size and
complement the style of the home and the furnishings in the space they
adorn. Next, they must also accentuate the other hearth
accessories or the space will be filled with mismatching pieces that
detract from the overall look and feel of the space. But
remember, purely decorative fireplace screens will not prevent sparks
from damaging your floor and they will be destroyed if you place them
in front of a roaring fire. Therefore, be sure to consider
how you intend to use the screen and then concentrate on finding the
one best suited to your taste, décor, and budget.