One of the most popular additions to a home is a home fireplace. Modern families may include an electric fireplace and a wood-burning stove, but a traditional hearth continues to provide the soul-stirring sound of a cozy fire.
Most homes built before 1920 will have a fireplace somewhere in the home, but even modern homes can use some warmth even if there is an electric fireplace. Homeowners who have lived in older homes are often aware of the charm of a crackling fire in the winter months, especially when the temperature dips into the tens or lower regions.
For those living in colder regions of the country, having a wood pit in the yard is a definite benefit. For those who have been to the butcher shop many times over during the winter, there is something different about choosing to light a fire in a pit than simply walking into a home that has one already installed.
Creating a basket of warmth is a wonderful way to welcome winter into your home; while warm colors and soft textures help the fire’s glow to be maintained throughout the day.
For those who may have fireplaces in their homes, but may have had a problem keeping the fire burning at the same level, is to make sure that the logs in the hearth are not too large for them to store in by stacking them until they have needed to be placed in what is called a wood hopper. Storing the firewood inside of a home can minimize the chances of stealing heat from the hearth area.
When it comes to fireplace bellows, they are a great idea for those who choose to use good quality wood to add to an already wood burning fireplace. By installing a decorative throw on the hood of the fireplace, you are actually increasing the overall appeal of the fireplace and also creating a very nice look for the entire room.
Fireplace bellows can be manufactured out of several different types of materials, with different finishes and suited according to many different types of fireplace. For example, some fireplace bellows are made from cast iron, while other types are actually made out of brass. Cast iron fireplace bellows are a lot lighter, as well as more cost-effective for a home. Brass fireplace bellows create a more classic look but are a bit heavier. Wooden fireplace bellows are hand-carved and generally made in several different eye-pleasing designs, and chrome fireplace bellows can be made out of different materials that create a more modern and contemporary look.
Copper fireplace bellows are also regularly used, as well as unique additions to elegant fireplace decor. Iron rods are also popular choices for families who prefer to have a fireplace bellow that has a more modern design, but a lengthier outline.
Once a homeowner is ready to add a fireplace bellow to their fireplace, they have a couple of additional options to make it, as well as to look better. For many people adding copper or brass fireplace bellows to an older fireplace makes the fireplace look like it was built around the 1820s when the original fireplace was built. The standard wood mantle and hearth should be placed first, usually made out of hardwoods, and the fireplace replaced hands and fingers. Once the fireplace bellows were installed in the hearth, owners could feel like they were wearing an old-style coat and hat.
There are also many different styles of fireplace bellows to choose from, with one example being iron rings or a kangaroo design. There are also fireplace bellows with flowers, or even various types of foliage or ascent to help make a room feel warmer. Another option is to use a picture of a family or a sweater print to fill an empty space. There are so many to choose from, appearing in an assortment of different sizes and made from different types of materials ranging from cast iron to leather or wood.
It is important that fireplace bellows are cleaned properly to keep them looking their best, but other than that is the decoration of the fireplace that is keeping with the years.