The comfort of the hearth
Fireplace. We always associate this word with home comfort, warmth and well-being. Speaking of the fireplace, images of quiet medieval castles, ancient architecture and the grandeur of the classics come to mind. In the modern rhythm of life, more than ever, one wants to have sincere family gatherings to the melodic crackling of logs in the hearth.
Today, a fireplace is no longer a luxury item; manufacturers offer a wide range of fireplaces for any room, for every taste and budget. The fireplace can be installed both in a country house and in an apartment, hotel, salon-shop, if the interior requires it.
The hearths are wood, gas, electric and biofireplaces. Depending on the space of the room where the fireplace will be installed, you can choose a stove of any size and design, taking into account the color scheme of the room itself, furniture and other interior items.
In a specialized store, you can purchase a hearth of any model and shape, along with a portal of the desired size. The portal for the fireplace is an arch, inside which the hearth will organically fit. Decorative portals for the fireplace will be discussed in this article..
A portal for a fireplace can be purchased ready-made complete with a hearth, or ordered from a manufacturing company according to a sketch you like, or you can make it yourself. The portal can be designed in various style and color variations and supplied with additional accessories. Fireplace portals can be made of brick, marble, natural stone, gypsum, polyurethane – the choice depends on individual preferences, interior design and type of hearth.
Wood decoration is one of the classic options for decorating a hearth. Wood portals are environmentally friendly, durable and very attractive in appearance, they will undoubtedly decorate any room. Wooden portals can be made in any style. Portals decorated with carvings, figures of animals, birds, faces of ancient heroes of Antiquity look luxurious. Column fireplaces will suit a more austere interior, and hearths framed with parquet boards will complement any modern interior.
Wooden fireplaces can be wide for a large hall, narrow and angular – a more compact option for a city apartment. Fireplaces can be decorated with solid wood or veneer. Modern chemical agents allow you to tint wood in any color, but still the most popular are natural shades of oak, walnut, wang..
When choosing a wooden portal, one should take into account the fact that, despite additional processing with special agents that make the tree resistant to dry air, this material is not suitable for houses with temperature extremes. In addition, the wooden portal is quite expensive and requires regular maintenance..
The wooden portal is more suitable for closed spaces, where it ideally complements antique furniture, antique paintings and other wooden objects. If space and interior allows, then it is better to choose a marble fireplace..
Marble portals are usually made in a classical style with elements of antiquity, which makes them majestic. By grinding, the marble can be made glossy or matte, it can be aged or chipped, which will give the interior extra antiquity and sophistication. Marble, combined with glass elements, will successfully fit into a high-tech interior.
Marble is a material of a heterogeneous structure, due to the admixture of organic substances, veins of different colors can be found in it. Conventionally, marble is subdivided into white, gray and colored. Most often, the base of the fireplace is made of white or gray marble, and the decor is already produced in its colored variety. The portal made of white marble with silvery and pink veins looks great, in the interior – the flame, reflecting from the surface of the fireplace, creates an enchanting sight. The portal made of colored marble looks unusual.
Marble portals have high strength, durability and environmental friendliness. In addition, modern marble fireplaces do not require careful maintenance, provided that the inner surface is made of brick or stone..
Such a material for decorating a fireplace, like a stone, is easy to use, fireproof, absolutely harmless to humans. The stone portal will give the room an aristocratic beauty. Today, due to their ability to fit into any interior, stone portals are often purchased despite their high cost. A portal made of natural stone is ideal for framing an electric fireplace for an apartment. Stone is exactly the material that will never go out of style..
A brick fireplace will organically look in the lobby of a country house or in a street gazebo. For framing the hearth, figured refractory bricks are used, as a rule, of a noble red color. A brick fireplace decorated with wrought iron elements, mosaics or ceramic tiles will become a favorite resting place on winter evenings..
Gypsum is the most economical material for portal production. Gypsum fireplaces are distinguished by environmental safety and ease of implementation – a gypsum fireplace can be completely built independently. A gypsum portal can be decorated with decorative inserts that match the general style of the room, paint it in any color, give the structure of wood or stone. Refractory gypsum is perfect for decorating hearths with a live flame. The plaster portal will perfectly decorate a house, apartment or cottage.
Polyurethane is more effective for the manufacture of a fireplace portal than gypsum. A modern, heat-resistant, incredibly durable material does not crumble over time, unlike gypsum. Portals made of this material are durable, environmentally friendly and look good in the interior. Polyurethane is an incredibly durable material that allows you to create a fireplace in the most incredible performance. Most often, the polyurethane structure is coated with white acrylic-based paint, decorated with gilding or silver-like paint on the sides.
In shape, fireplaces can be traditional U-shaped, square, round, and depending on the purpose, the interior can have the most unimaginable designs:
Wall mounted fireplaces. These portals are the easiest to install. Usually, ready-made foci with a portal are purchased and placed in the right place.
Corner fireplaces. Corner portals are a type of wall structures that do not require special installation skills..
Island portals. Mobile island fireplaces (biofireplaces) are enough to put on the desired non-slip surface, resistant to heat, and admire the new piece of furniture.
Built-in fireplaces. Built-in portals are considered the most difficult in terms of installation. The installation of such a fireplace begins with the choice of its type and the preparation of a niche and ends with the stylistic design of the portal.
Modern pendant designs are a fairly new type of fireplace that requires additional ceiling mounts. The choice of a fireplace design directly depends on the type of fireplace and the professionalism of the installer..
Contemporary false fireplaces
Those who wish to reproduce an old element of the interior in their home can use the so-called false fireplaces. A false fireplace is a portal without a hearth. The use of portals in the interior, made of various materials, decorated with patterns, frescoes, stucco molding, color, will make the room cozy and stylish.
Candles can be used to give the portal the warmth of living fire. A false fireplace decorated in this way will become an unforgettable component of a romantic evening – the tongues of candle flame reflecting from the fireplace will not leave anyone indifferent.
Equipping a false fireplace with a mantelpiece will serve as an additional place for placing statues, framed photographs, caskets, candlesticks and other trifles necessary to create home comfort.
Regardless of whether it is a real or a false fireplace, the decorative portal will transform your interior, give it an aristocratic gloss and bring home comfort.