Fireplace screens have two primary functions. First, fireplace
screens are used for safety in keeping sparks, hot ash, or logs
from getting into your room and starting a fire. Second, they
offer a wonderful option for enhancing the look of your fireplace.
In fact, some people prefer using a fireplace screen instead of a
door. Depending on the type of fireplace you have, this may or
may not be an option. If you want the best of both worlds, you
can use a fireplace door during the months when you burn a fire
to help absorb and distribute heat and then an ornate screen during
the off-season months.
One consideration is the ease of tending your fire without the
hassle of moving the screen. You will discover several arched-style
fireplace screens that are perfect. This type of screen sets flat
against the opening of the fireplace, offering easy to open doors.
Another great option is a folding fireplace screen that is designed
with hinges where you can gain quick and easy access to the fire.
Best of all, the hinges lock, adding protection for keeping sparks
in and children out.
Over the past several years, designers have come up with some
wonderful options. Instead of the ordinary fireplace screen that
simply covers and brings no character into the room, now you can
enjoy screens that are accented with various designs. For the
rustic look, there are wrought iron geese, ducks, deer, ec. that
add just the right touch. If you prefer a more sophisticated
style, there are amazing designs such as beautifully hand-twisted
iron handles, or other unique trim.
If old-world charm is more to your liking, you will find fireplace
screens that have been crafted with a fabulous arch design, using
steel in a unique matte finish. Many of the designs include
embellished scrollwork, glass or ceramic medallions, or some type
of inlaid marble or tile. For a rich, warm look, copper is a
wonderful choice. This type of fireplace screen provides a touch
of elegance and superb style. If your home or office has a
contemporary décor, the ideal fireplace screen would be more on the
simplistic side, with symmetrical touches.
If your primary concern is fire protection, functional and
attractive fireplace screens are available as well. The screen
that provides the highest level of protection is the wraparound
screen. The curves allow for complete coverage in the front and
sides of the fireplace. Typically, this type of screen is
constructed of rigid steel, covered by a heavier wire mesh than
what you might find with other fireplace screens. Regardless of
your specific need or style, with today's choices, you are sure to
find the perfect fireplace screen.