Inbuilt or Freestanding ?
Before visiting your local retailer, have a think about the space into which you wish to introduce your appliance. Is it a cosy inglenook in a country cottage or a clean white wall of a new build; a grand Victorian townhouse renovation or a terraced home? Whatever your starting point, there are a number of options available in terms of frames, surrounds, mantelpieces and fronts but firstly, would you prefer an insert fireplace or a freestanding fire?
A solid fuel, gas or electric fire has a timeless quality, will be highly efficient and can have a modern or traditional style. There are even models with built in warming plates and barbecue grills!
Fires on the other hand can offer you a wealth of options. If you would like a period feel, a Classic Fireplace with a wood or stone mantel, cast iron front, hand piped tiles and decorative fire basket will finish your room beautifully or provide an eye catching and character building focal point.
Alternatively, you may need a cassette fire to complete a sleek, modern interior, with the latest aesthetics and room for a flat screen TV above! Solid fuel and gas fires are available as open or glass fronted appliances; can be brought out into the room and placed on a special bench for impact or built into the wall to create space; personalised with a wood, stone or glass frame and even enjoyed from multiple spaces as double fronted appliances beautifully linking two rooms with warmth and stunning visuals.