At the end of the day, there is nothing more enjoyable than spending the evening by the fireplace. The crackling fire and warmth of the hearth in a special way give the living room coziness and romance. Since ancient times, people have considered fire as the main symbol of life. For this, special stoves and fireplaces were installed in the houses. Today, the main purpose of these structures is not only to heat the premises, they are the most popular decorative element.
An old fireplace deserves special attention in modern housing design; it looks great both in apartments and country houses. Fireplaces harmonize well in semi-antique interiors. To decorate old structures, they additionally use such modern products as safety taps, grates, furnaces, chimneys and fireplace shelves, on which, as a rule, vases and various sculptures are placed. In addition, special tool kits are now in vogue for fireplaces.
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Recently, most antique fireplaces have the appearance of a modern stove. These fireplaces look very interesting, stylish, impressive and every year they acquire special value. Purchasing antique fireplaces is a pleasure from the expensive ones. They are often installed in homes by people who value and collect antiques. It is worth noting that the price of a genuine fireplace increases significantly every year.
Before you buy an antique fireplace, you need to carefully consider its practicality in the interior. This antique item looked great in castles, but it will not always be able to harmonize with modern decor and furniture. It is also important to consider the design and layout of the room. So, for example, an antique fireplace is not suitable for small living rooms, because it has a solid size. Large rooms will be the best place for placing such volumetric structures.
For dwellings decorated in old or classic style, it is recommended to purchase marble fireplaces. Their first models appeared in Germany and managed to successfully recommend themselves as original decorative elements. These antique fireplaces are especially suitable for large rooms.
A luxurious and massive fireplace is not suitable for housing, decorated in a modern Art Nouveau or loft style, but, on the contrary, will indicate a lack of taste in the owner of the house. If the house contains such antiques as books, paintings, furniture, then the hearth in the room will stylishly complement the design and create a pleasant atmosphere.
Regardless of what kind of fireplace is installed in the house, antique or handmade, its main purpose is to create comfort and heat the room. For many, the fireplace replaces the traditional stove and is considered the centerpiece of a family holiday. Of course, it will not be able to fully replace the heating system in the house, but it will serve as an original decoration for the interior.
What does it consist of
With an antique fireplace, you can easily turn a modern apartment into an antique corner. Since the structure is characterized by a large weight, for its installation even at the construction stage, the construction of the foundation is required.
An antique fireplace consists of several main parts:
- Combustion chamber. The place where the heating process takes place directly.
- Chimney. Installed for existing types of fireplaces.
- Fireplace portal. The decorative part of the building, additionally emphasizing the style.
In the event that the area of the room does not allow the foundation to be installed, then the hearth is often built of stone or brick, after which the chimney is connected and a brick or wooden portal is formed.
The most beautiful type of antique fireplace is considered to be a stone fireplace. Such a structure is expensive and weighs over 200 kg. Antique marble fireplaces are no less popular. Marble portals are mainly decorated with gilding, carvings and bas-reliefs. Basalt and granite fireplace models look elegant. They are great for classic style. Antique fireplaces can be complemented by a wrought iron grate or various antique items.
For country style, Provence, sandstone, shell or limestone structures are the right choice. The surface of fireplaces can either be specially processed or retain their texture. Modern models of fireplaces are also installed from various types of stones or decorative bricks. Antique fireplaces made of dark-colored chopped bricks look beautiful.
Depending on the interior of the room, different types of antique fireplaces, differing in style, can be installed. The most fashionable and common style is classic. Fireplaces of this type are designed for open fires, they are laid out from marble or decorative stone. In the event that a place is reserved for the fireplace in the corner of the room, then the choice of a rustic style will be the right decision. Such fireplaces are made from natural inexpensive materials.
More recently, fireplaces have appeared, made in accordance with the old modernism. This is an original combination of antiquity and modernity. Most of the models of these fireplaces are exclusive. As their additional decoration, various figurines, candlesticks, flowers, dolls, shelves can be used.