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Cultured Stone Adds A Unique Look To Your Fireplace!

If your fireplace lacks the style you seek, or if it’s dated look is making your house seem drab, you can update the look with cultured stone. Cultured stone is made from concrete in different colors and patterns to mimic the look of nature stone. It comes in a thin layer that’s applied as a veneer over walls, fences or even fireplaces. Because it’s thin and lightweight, cultured stone is quick and easy to apply. With all of the different looks available in cultured stone and its easy application, you can use cultured stone to create a unique look for your fireplace!Cultured Stone For a Unique Fireplace - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth

Use an unexpected stone

Stone veneer comes in many shapes, sizes, colors and styles. There are, of course, cultured stones that mimic the stones popularly used for hearths, such as limestone, fieldstone or ledgestone. You can use an unexpected type of stone, such as cobblestones or cultured stones made to look like smooth river rocks for a unique fireplace statement.

Go floor to ceiling or wall to wall

If you want a truly unique and dramatic look for your fireplace, consider taking your cultured stone surround from the floor to the ceiling or from wall to wall. This bold look will create an eye-catching centerpiece in your home. And because of cultured stone’s light weight and affordable price point, a statement wall of cultured stone surrounding your fireplace is completely achievable.

Add architectural details

Just like real stone fireplace, you can use cultured stone to create architectural interest around your fireplace. You can create an arched opening for your fireplace, build in benches near your hearth and create built-in storage spaces for knickknacks or firewood.

Include keystones or trim

Another way to add interest to your fireplace and give it a unique look with cultured stone is to add keystones or trim. Most cultured stone has coordinate pieces and keystones accenting the fireplace opening or mantel. Take advantage of these accessory pieces can give your fireplace a unique and sophisticated look.

Go sleek and modern

Stone fireplaces are often associated with rustic, country or beach looks. It is possible to use cultured stone to create a sleek and modern look for your fireplace. Consider monochromatic stones, rather than variegated ones, for a dramatic design, or use a stone pattern that includes straighter lines. Another option is to go for a dry-stacked look; these cultured stones are stacked directly on top of one another, rather than being separated by grout.

Incorporate hearthstones

Don’t leave your hearth out of your fireplace makeover! Like keystones and trim, most cultured stone has coordinating hearthstones so you can overhaul your entire fireplace. If you’re looking for a more unique look, you can use contrasting hearthstones, rather than the coordinating ones, or use real stone hearthstones.

 

Incorporate a mantel

No hearth would be complete without a mantel! If you’re redesigning your fireplace using cultured stone, don’t forget to include a mantel in your design.

There are endless options for creating a unique look for your fireplace with cultured stone. If you’re ready to explore ways to revamp your fireplace with cultured stone, stop by one of FireSide Hearth & Home’s four showrooms today!

We Have All Of The FireSide Accessories You Need!

To get the most out of your fireplace, you need the right accessories. At FireSide Hearth & Home, we have all of the fireplace accessories you need! Investing in the right fireside accessories will help you to better care for your fireplace, keep your fireplace safe and get more out of your fireplace. Here are some of the important fireplace accessories you’ll find at FireSide Hearth & Home.Fireside Accessories You Need - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth & Home

Fireplace tools

Nearly every hearth sports a set of fireplace tools, and with good reason. A set of fireplace tools allows you to tend your fires and clean up your firebox. At the very least, your set of fireplace tools should include a poker and tongs to tend burning fires and a shovel and brush to clean up ash after your fires.

Ash bucket

Also in line with cleanup, maintaining your wood-burning fireplace will be easier with an ash bucket. An ash bucket is a sturdy metal bucket that can hold the ashes that you clean out of your fireplace. It should be made of a heavy-duty metal so it can withstand any heat from still-hot embers. A tight-fitting lid will prevent the ash bucket from filling your home with smoke or carbon monoxide from smoldering ashes.

Mesh screen

If you have an open-hearth fireplace, a mesh screen is a must. A mesh screen, sometimes called a spark screen, prevents embers from popping out of your fireplace and burning your home furnishings or people who might be sitting next to the fireplace. For an open-hearth fireplace, a mesh screen is a safety necessity; it can prevent a dangerous fire or burns.

Fireplace doors

Fireplace doors provide an alternative to mesh screens. Special types of fireplace doors can be closed when the fireplace is in use. These doors keep burning logs from shifting out of the fireplace and embers from popping out. Fireplace doors also absorb the heat from your fire and radiate it out into your home, increasing the heat output from your hearth.

Fireplace grate or andirons

To burn efficiently, your wood-burning fireplace also needs a fireplace grate or andirons. Grates and andirons elevate burning logs off the floor of the fireplace so air can circulate around the logs and help to fuel the fire. Some grates, and most andirons, also are ornamental and enhance the look as well as the efficiency of your fireplace.

Fire back

One of the challenges of a traditional open-hearth fireplace is that much of the heat is lost through the chimney. A fire back can help to reduce the amount of heat the travels up the chimney. A fire back is an ornamental piece of heavy-duty metal that sits at the back of the firebox. It encourages heat from the fire to radiate back into the home rather than being lost up the chimney.

What accessories is your fireplace missing? FireSide Hearth & Home can provide you with any of the hearth accessories you need to enhance the look and function of your fireplace. Stop by one of our four showrooms to check out our FireSide accessories today!