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Looking to update your living room? 4 fireplace ideas that’ll make a statement

Gosforth Fire Station shares its guide for picking the right fireplace surround for your home, style and budget.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 22.04.2023

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When it comes to our home, we want to create a living space that really captures our personality and style.

There are many ways to do this, but one easy way is by adding a fireplace.

A fireplace is a focal point of any living room. The stand-alone feature is what your guest’s eyes are instantly drawn to, so, of course, you want to find the right fireplace surround for you.

Whether you’re all about natural materials for a rustic look, more into a chic, contemporary vibe or love that luxurious feel, Gosforth Fire Station stocks a range of different materials of fireplace surrounds ready for you to discover in their state-of-the-art showroom.

We caught up with the founder of Gosforth Fire Station, Marcus, who has shared some fireplace ideas that are on trend and the pros and cons of fireplace surround style.

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IF YOU WANT TO CREATE A NATURAL FEEL…

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Wooden surround

Wood is excellent for creating a warm cosy look to a room and can be carved into a variety of designs whether modern or traditional. Wood finishes are available in both natural colours from light oak to rich mahogany and coloured painted surfaces which you can match the colour to the rest of the furniture in your room.

PROS:

  • Creates a warm, cosy and stylish feel
  • Adds old-world comfort to a modern structure
  • Generally much cheaper than a stone fireplace

CONS:

  • Any fireplace produces heat and sparks. It’s important that a wooden fireplace surround is installed a safe distance from the fire box to minimize the risk of fires
  • Matching the colour, tone and grain of the wood can limit how a room is decorated

IF YOU LOVE THE CONTEMPORARY LOOK…

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Limestone surround

Limestone is a really popular choice for a fireplace surround as it can be made into contemporary designs with clean edges and geometric shapes, as well as the more traditional shapes with curves and carved edges.

PROS:

  • Limestone is durable that typically holds up well when used in construction
  • A safe choice than materials like wood as it’s fire-resistant

CONS:

  • May show signs of stains or water rings if not sealed properly
  • This generally doesn’t heat evenly

IF YOU WANT A TOUCH OF LUXURY…

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Marble surround

For a luxurious look, you can’t beat marble with its polished surface and individual seam, grains and patterns. Like limestone, marble is available in a variety of natural colours such as white, granite, beige and cream. Our very popular Chesneys of London’s Special Materials Collection is unique as no two blocks of marble are ever the same and their range of rare marble is sourced from across the world.

PROS:

  • Marble is durable
  • Eye-catching and elegant design
  • There is a larger colour selection compared to limestone

CONS:

  • Marble fire surrounds can be more expensive than limestone
  • Sealing is required

IF YOU’RE AFTER A SUBTLE HINT OF RUSTIC…

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Floating beams

A floating beam can be a great way to finish your fireplace if you don’t have a lot of room or prefer a more rustic look. Wooden beams are now really popular with wood burning stoves and traditional wood fire surrounds.

PROS:

  • A budget-friendly option
  • A wide range of woods and stains
  • Manufactured in a non-combustible case so can be installed closer to a fire than a wooden beam

CONS:

  • Most beams are made from solid oak and therefore distances away from fire and stove have to be adhered to and this can sometimes move the beam slightly higher on the chimney breast rather than level with the opening.

If you want to browse the full range of fireplaces and stoves or want to know more about log burners, visit Gosforth Fire Station’s websiteFacebook page and Instagram.  

THE OLD FIRE STATION, 234-236 GOSFORTH HIGH STREET, NEWCASTLE NE3 1HH

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