Fireplace surrounds

The hearth of the home

Quite often the seating in a room with a fire place is arranged around the source of heat. This means that it is a focal point and important to the look of the room.

In many old and contemporary houses a wood burner can be the centre of attention. There are many rules and regulations regarding the fitting of these, so make sure you buy from a reputable supplier. They will check whether the wood burner is the correct size for the room, and make sure that the ventilation and surrounding fire place and chimney are correct.

This fireplace has a understated surround and the built in units have shelves on fully adjustable book case strips. The television sky box is hidden in the cupboard and the wires are neatly tucked out of the way. A magic eye system could be attached if this is required.
The raised and fielded panels in the doors give a timeless feel. It will never be in or out of fashion it is what it is. This is finished with an olive monocoat oil/wax.

This fire place is in an old cottage, but looks quite contemporary with a floating oak shelf and a oak log store and kindling cupboard.

Photo by Nick Ingamells

This is a very small Victorian terrace house, so the pine mantle piece and fitted cupboards give a lot of storage and the TV on the wall is a great space saver. These could be painted to blend into the room even more.

This rather grand study was a lovely job. The oak paneling continues round the room. The book cases have a tongue and groove back and the cornice tops off the look and continues all the way round the room like the skirting board. 

Contemporary house, traditional design. The electrical fittings are in place for a wall mounted television.

A very contemporary fire surround. This design is a focal point rather than a heat source. The logs are made to measure rather than made to burn.
The modern grey colour lends a calmness which is warmed by the full height log store.


  1. Defra approved woodburning stoves are always safe and can be used in any smoke controlled areas when burning wood. So, I think everyone should use only Defra approved wood burners.

  2. Thanks for that Johnathan, will look out for those in the future. Regards Mike

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