Faux Fireplaces For An Element Of Style
Many people would love to have a fireplace in the room, even though they do not have a chimney. There is something about having a fireplace that really adds an element of style to any room, and it is because of this reason that many people are choosing to install faux fireplaces in order to give their room the look of having a real fireplace but without the trouble of having to install a real chimney. Faux fireplaces now come in many different styles, including Victorian antique fireplaces, faux stone fireplaces, faux marble fireplaces and faux fireplaces made from fake river rock. This article will look at the various types of faux fireplaces available in the market and will discuss some considerations that need to be borne in mind when choosing a fireplace for your home.
One of the most common types of faux fireplaces is the faux stone fireplace, or fireplace surround, since this adds a real look of solidity to a room and can be a great focal point. Faux stone fireplaces can be made out of gypsum or polyurethane, and if constructed properly can really look like the real thing. A faux marble fireplace is another popular choice, and with modern materials this type of fake fireplace can really become a talking point. With all these fireplaces, many people choose to use an electric fireplace insert in order to give some heat. Because a faux fireplace has no chimney, it is impossible to use a vented gas fireplace, though it may be possible to use a vent free gas model.
Another popular option is the gel fuel fireplace, and when used with a faux river rock fireplace can really make your living room come to life. The gel fuel fireplace can provide real flames in the fireplace that has rock as the main decoration and can turn your lounge into something resembling an old colonial style room. However, if rock is not to your liking, or you think of that stone may look too cold, there is a large selection of fake fireplaces that use wood as the main material, including hardwoods such as oak. A faux oak fireplace is available from several manufacturers and this could be worthy of consideration if you're looking for a fireplace that has some fine details.
In terms of fireplace styles there are generally two options, and that is the half mantel and the full mantel. Faux half mantles are generally available without a mirror, while full mantels usually give a selection of mirrors, including oval mirrors and round mirrors, which fit in more with antique styles. Another consideration that needs to be borne in mind is the column styles that you want with your faux fireplace, as these will have a great effect on the overall look of the room. You will also need to consider whether or not you want ornate colonnades or something that is in a simpler style.
Some models worthy of consideration include the Southern Enterprises Charlet White Fireplace made in MDF, and the mahogany corner fireplace from the same company, which includes faux coal ciders for extra realism. The imperial faux stone fireplace mantel by Classic Flame, made in hardwood, is another fireplace worth looking at, as is the Potomac faux river rock electric fireplace, which is also produced by Classic Flame.
As can be seen, there are several considerations that need to be borne in mind when choosing faux fireplaces, including whether to go for an antique or contemporary style, and whether you want the fireplace to have a stone or rock, or wood veneer finish. Prices can vary from around $300 up to over $2,000, with the price depending much on the quality of the fireplace materials.