Today, fireplaces are fashionable decorations for various interiors: from the classic to the unusual modern style. Such models combine beauty and functionality, which attracts the attention of many buyers. When choosing a fireplace, special attention is paid not only to the internal filling, but also to the external design. One of the most popular options are designs decorated with stucco molding.
Features of the
Decorative stucco moldings for decorating a fireplace have been used since ancient times, when these structures were used as a luxury item. The hearths were for many an indicator that the owners of the house have a high status and income, and therefore can afford such decorations. Particular attention has always been paid to the design of the fireplace. To create structures in the classic style, expensive materials and stucco moldings were used - a refined and pronounced element in the design.
Often, similar design options can be found in modern homes. The fireplaces used in the interior are complemented with figures and patterns with relief details. There are several ways to create such elements.
The peculiarity of stucco molding lies in the fact that it is made both in production and at home. It takes a little time and effort to create the patterns yourself.
The main advantages of stucco molding include
- good appearance;
- the perfect addition to the classic style;
- it is possible to independently make different shapes and patterns to taste.
As for the choice of stucco molding, in this matter you need to focus on the type of fuel in the base. Most often, such patterns are decorated with modern electrical options. To decorate traditional fireplaces with a chimney, you need to use resistant materials, as carbon or soot may appear over time.
If you decide to decorate the fireplace portal with stucco molding, special attention should be paid to the choice of material. Today, there are several popular options that are used to decorate designs. All species have good performance characteristics and are excellent for processing.
Polyurethane… This material belongs to synthetic types, but according to the manufacturers themselves, it is absolutely harmless. It is worth noting that polyurethane has many positive performance characteristics that make it so popular in the construction industry. Structures and elements created from it are lightweight. Polyurethane surfaces are resistant to mechanical stress
An important point is that the material is not afraid of moisture and temperature extremes. When creating patterns from polyurethane, you do not have to worry about pores on the surface.
Gypsum… The most optimal option for creating stucco moldings for the fireplace. The material is quite malleable to processing, it takes any shape, which allows it to be used for the manufacture of small elements. Gypsum is ideal for work if you decide to create your own stucco
The main advantage of the material in comparison with other types is that it has refractory properties. That is why gypsum is often used to decorate not only electric, but also traditional fireplaces.
Styrofoam… Basically, such material is rarely used to create stucco moldings.It can be used in work, but requires careful processing to avoid deformation or more serious consequences. Styrofoam is suitable for the manufacture of large parts. But it is worth noting that the material does not have high refractory properties
Concrete… This material is the most stable and durable in comparison with the previous options. With proper processing, a wide variety of elements and details can be created from concrete. The material lends itself well to finishing, it can be decorated with many patterns to enhance aesthetic qualities. He is not afraid of exposure to high temperature and moisture, which refers to the advantages of this species
If you decide to create stucco with your own hands, you need to adhere to several important rules. First, prepare a sketch on paper, as this will help speed up the manufacturing process. In your work, you will be able to focus on the diagram. Indicate the size of the elements, shape and location.
After that, you need to prepare the surface with which you intend to work. It must be carefully leveled, after cleaning it from dirt. Using special tools for work, start creating stucco. You can fix the patterns with glue or cement.
Nails and screws are often used to fix the stucco molding. The advantage of these options is that the elements will hold securely and for a long time.
Style in the interior
Basically, stucco is used as a decoration for a fireplace in a classic style. Elegance, simplicity of forms, delicate workmanship - all these qualities of patterns and shapes complement the furnishings. Most often, stucco molding as a decor is used in French and Italian directions, since the English style involves the use of strict finishes.