So, you have ordered the mantel and chosen the perfect fireplace insert for your home, but every time you look at the fireplace mantel you can’t shake the feeling that you’re missing something. What could it be? The answer is a simple and common one. In the rush to make the fireplace as perfect as possible for the home, many homeowners forget to add the small, homey touches to the surrounding area. To help you figure out what’s missing around your hearth, we have compiled a list of the top must-haves for your fireplace and mantel area.
1) Fireplace Tools
Fireplace tools are especially important for homeowners with a wood-burning fireplace in the home. Most tool sets include a poker to stoke the fire, a hand broom and shovel to clean up ashes and soot and tongs to rearrange or remove burning logs. When used correctly, these tools can help to keep the fire burning for longer amounts of time.
2) Fireplace Screens
Whether gas, electric or wood-burning, adding a fireplace screen in front of the firebox will add an air of realism to any hearth. In the case of gas and wood-burning fireplaces, a screen will add heat and ember protection. When the fireplace is not in use, homeowners can use the screens as ornamental pieces, too.
3) Hearth Rugs
Rugs can add casual and comforting tones to any hearth. The Half-Round Burgundy and Blue Hearth Rug is a popular choice for electric, gas, gel and wood-burning fireplace options. The rug will also be a favorite spot for pets that enjoy staying close the fire during an especially cold evening.
4) Log Holders
This accessory option is usually best-suited for customers with a wood-burning fireplace because it allows them to conveniently store their logs in a decorative way. Gas or electric fireplace owners may also be interested in this option, though, for holding blankets or seasonal decorations. Options include foldable carrying cases to antique brass finishes.
A hearth should be inviting so that everyone, family and guests alike, will feel at ease in your home. These four accessory options will add character to any home while also helping homeowners to conveniently care for the fireplace area.