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We have all heard the expression “hearth and home” well that is because there is a good reason why that expression has become known. Whether it is a rainy damp day in the South, or a snowy subzero day in the North there is nothing more warming than a cozy fire to make the day a special one.

Though the fire itself can be mesmerizing and fascinating; the fireplace design that surrounds the flames is even more important when the fire dies down and is gone. Choosing your fireplace design is very specific to your individual taste in order to compliment your home’s design and family’s needs.

There are a number of different materials to choose from with regards to the face of the fireplace and the hearth. There is the traditional brick or field stone fireplace used in the more classic colonial homes. The terracotta or ceramic tile style for the richly colorful Mediterranean style homes. The elongated stainless steel or glass tiles in a myriad of colors to adorn the modern contemporary home.

Brick fireplaces are not just the simple red brick design of years past anymore. If you prefer a less pat design you might want a brick front that is staggered for a more craggy effect, or even the eclectic feel that field stone will provide. You might decide to surround your fireplace with crown molding for elegance; or you might add a rustic wood mantel to make it a more log cabin hunting lodge feel.

For those with a modern contemporary flare to their lifestyle there is the choice of stainless steel tiles. Before you think hospital surgery room don’t, these tiles are absolutely stunning as they pick up the colors in your room to give a rainbow effect to the fireplace design. Glass tiles are also an elegant and beautiful addition to the focal point of any home.

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