Fireplaces should look amazing and create a focal point for your home. You want your fireplace to take center stage, looking balanced and matching your décor perfectly. The great thing about stone fireplaces is that they never go out of style. Whether your home has a French, Asian, or Italian influence, is decorated with informal country styling, or has a clean line, contemporary look, a stone fireplace create a beautiful enhancement.
Another nice thing about stone fireplaces is that the “stone” can be made from a number of natural resources. For instance, limestone, granite, rock, stone, and marble are all options. Depending on the type of stone that you choose for your fireplace, you will have a wide selection of colors from which to choose.
The price will also vary depending on the type of stone you choose. Most stone fireplaces are hand carved from natural pieces or slabs and designed to match your fireplace perfectly. By working with a qualified mason worker, you can choose from designs and have all of the stone custom made. For instance, if you want something that is softer in appearance, you could choose a natural colored piece of granite with specs of other colors and then round the corners. If you want something that has greater impact, you could choose from large, river stone that have variation in color.
Limestone and granite are probably the two most popular choices. The color options are gorgeous and the prices affordable for the quality you get. Marble is also a great choice but will generally cost a little more. Working with a professional gives you an advantage in that you can work closely to ensure you get exactly what you want.
Just to give you a few examples of the hottest selling options, consider the following:
White statuary marble fireplace with or without carved griffin panels - this style has a rich, Egyptian appearance that is perfect for a formal room
Hand-carved rose or soft green marble – you can choose to have this fireplace include entablature metopes and dentils as well as fluted columns that go over the mantle. This too is a great choice for a formal or sophisticated room.
Italian marble – The European style is a favorite in that it fits just about any décor and is ornamental without being over the top.
If you have an older home with an outdated fireplace, you can have a new stone front placed on the old fireplace to give it a facelift. This option is a little less expensive and the finished look, truly amazing.