For those looking to mirror the romanticism and elegance of Georgian architecture and interiors, there are a number of fireplaces and inserts with typically neoclassical or Adam’s style decoration – look out for urns, neat foliage decoration and bell flower swags or bell flower pendants on the jambs (legs). However, be aware that these motifs can crop up in Victorian and Edwardian fireplaces too; the stylisation and the proportions are often the truest signifier of age. Another typically Georgian style is the bullseye, which features roundel motifs at each end black and reeded jambs.
Choosing The Right Size
Besides the style, it’s also very important to think about the size and scale of the room, to make sure that you install a fireplace that will be the correct scale. It is, of course, also key to think about the purpose of the room; commonly, bedrooms would have had smaller, thinner fireplaces, in particular, cast iron combination fireplaces as above.
In terms of fitting, it can be useful for us to see what state the chimney is in at the current moment; a photo can be very helpful. Often fireplaces that were refurbished during the fifties and sixties have had the opening made smaller. If this is the case, you can usually return the opening to its original size without much trouble, making it possible to fit in an insert or grate of the right period. Measurements of your chimney are essential too. The measurements that are helpful to us are:
The height, width and depth of the opening
The width of the chimney-breast
The ceiling height
General dimensions of the room
If your opening is off centre on the chimney breast (as is common in upstairs rooms), you also need to take the shortest measurement from the opening to the edge of the chimney breast. Understandably, the fireplace shelf must never go beyond the chimney breast. Aesthetically, it looks best to have the shelf at least an inch from each edge of the chimney breast.
If you’re at all unsure if your chimney is fit for use, it is essential to get it checked out and swept by a professional. It is also important to get an experience and professional fitter to install the fireplace. We can recommend specialists for both these jobs.
Many of our fireplaces are on our website, but we always have a great deal more than what makes it online. We have fireplaces on display at our Essex Road showroom, as well as an overwhelming number at our yard in Hertfordshire, many of which are unrestored, but can be restored for you within two weeks.
If you have any questions or queries about our fireplaces, or would like some advice on what to choose for your home, contact us on 0207 704 0982 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Essex Road showroom is open 11am to 5pm from Wednesday to Saturday. Pop in anytime to browse our fireplaces and ask advice or make an appointment to visit us at our yard in Ware, Hertfordshire.