The hearth is the traditional heart of the home. When we start a fire in the fireplace it becomes the focal point of the room with the ability to mesmerize everyone with its peaceful beauty. We are drawn into its welcoming warmth, whether alone or gathered in a group. As Fall arrives in New England we are starting to think about our fireplaces. Something so dramatic and powerful deserves an elegant frame.

Are You Updating Your Fireplace?

The timing is perfect to update your fireplace for the holiday season, as a new stone can make a dramatic change to the look and feel of your room. One of the first things to consider, says Jill Neubauer of Jill Neubauer Architects, Inc. in Falmouth, is the fireplace’s, “presence in the room. It needs to present the core vision for the house.” When you are choosing a fireplace surround, be creative and perhaps bold in terms of the statement you want the fireplace surround to make. In terms of decorating, think of it as a fine piece of furniture that will provide balance and stability to the entire room.

Heat resistance is a factor in choosing the right stone for your fireplace surround. Natural stones such as granite and soapstone offer high heat resistance, but you certainly have many other options for beautiful designs including two other natural stones, marble and quartzite, as well as quartz from The BGE Quartz Collection. These three options are excellent to use for your surround.

To help you identify natural stones or quartz for your fireplace surround, start by exploring – from granite to marble to soapstone to quartz – and enjoy the process of which stones and designs catch your eye!  Then plan to come visit us to see the stones up close so you can choose the stone that is perfect for your fireplace surround. We look forward to your visit to our showroom to get ready for cooler nights and memories by the fire.