Fireplace tips on choosing the right surround for your home   

This may prove to be a functional and/or decorative fireplace that creates a high level of ambience in any room. In this helpful fire place guide, you will be introduced to important considerations that you can use in order to choosing fireplace surrounds that can meet the needs that you have when it comes to your fire place and your home as a whole.

The very first thing that you should consider when it comes to choosing surrounds is how you use the fire place. Do you use it as a standard fireplace to act as a heating source to the home? It could be that you simply use the fireplace to enhance the decorative appeal of the room that it is located in. If this unit acts as a source of heating in the home, you should consider two important things when selecting a surround.

These things are the required method of ventilation, as well as the amount of clearance that is required around the face of the mantel when it comes to the fire that actually burns inside of the unit. You should also consider one more thing, and that is the amount of heat that is produced by the unit. The surround that you purchase should be able to handle the heat of the unit.

If you use the fire place as simply a way to enhance the overall décor in the room in which it is located, or the home as a whole, then pretty much anything goes. You may select a surround that is created using virtually any type of material. You may choose a structure that contains decorative art and engravings, and even shelving that rests on either side of the fireplace.

This type of shelving is great for adding decorative figurines, books, DVD’s, and many other types of items. There are many completely functional surrounds that allow you to maximize your storage space while optimising the overall appearance of the fireplace.

As you can see, the type of mantel  you will select from will be based mostly on the method in which the fire is used, as well as your overall goal for this space in your home.