Fireplace accessories are often one of the most overlooked aspects of living room remodels. After the mantel is installed and your new electric fireplace is glowing brightly, many people neglect to add those final touches of ambiance which make fireplaces such a welcoming aspect of every formal space. The fact of the matter is, almost no fireplace setting is complete without the accessories that make the space not only usable but also more complete.
For many people, one of the biggest concerns when buying an electric fireplace is the realistic nature of the flame. Although electric fireplaces have come a long way in the last decade, many consumers still muddle over the flame displays and worry that their guest will recognize the unit is not an actual fire. In fact, current flame displays are so realistic that this concern is largely baseless. If this fact does not calm their fears however, consumers can ensure a more convincing fireplace setting if they surround their electric unit with the accessories necessary for maintaining a traditional wood fire. Items such as fireplace grates and fireplace screens can add to the ambiance of a traditional living room by conveying the formal nature of fireplaces.
Fireplace screens have been in use for many years and their traditional purpose was to shield individuals from the excessive heat and burning embers that were often emitted from log fires. Even though concern over these issues is unnecessary for consumers who own electric fireplaces, fireplace screens are still symbolic of a working fireplace. Because of this, they still serve as an essential element when conveying the formal setting of a traditional fireplace. Whether a consumer is considering a single panel wrought iron screen or a four fold brass and black fireplace screen one fact is for certain, the addition of a fireplace screen will make any fireplace setting more welcoming.
Another common fireplace accessory that often goes overlooked is the fireplace grate. Fireplace grates were traditionally designed to help organize fire wood so that it would burn in a functional manner. In recent years however; fireplace grates have also become stylistic accessories which help to bring a romantic ambiance to fireplace settings even if the space no longer functions as a traditional wood burning fireplace. For examples, often people will decorate an empty fireplace with a iron grate and then fill the grate with a series of candles.
Regardless of the fireplace accessories you chose it cannot be denied that items such as fireplace grates and fireplace screens are necessary if you wish to make your fireplace a center point of your home.
For more information on fireplace accessories and how they can improve the style of your home check out this New York Times article on interior design and fireplace accessories.