The Charm Of A
Today, it seems like you are seeing more stucco fireplaces
being designed and constructed than in years past. The reason
for this is due in part because of how it gives your fireplace
a slick look, which is perfect for the current modern design
style. If you do it right, it can even turn your fireplace into
a work of art, because it gives it a more dimensional look.
Stucco fireplaces are especially elegant in American
southwestern styled homes. Many people who have used stucco on
their fireplaces have reported that it helps to add a more cozy
feeling to the room. So if you're going for a more relaxed and
informal feel to your room, stucco is certainly a choice to
Other materials to consider in giving your fireplace a more
modern look is mosaic tile or even painted concrete. In the
past fireplaces were traditionally made with stone, marble or
framed with wood. These days, you just have a lot more option
for designing your fireplace mantel and fireplace surround.
An often neglected aspect of fireplace design is furniture
placement. Believe it or not, the look and feel you get from a
stucco fireplace is largely determined by how you place the
furniture in your room. For example, placing all of the
furniture so that it faces the fireplace will make the room
Additionally, to sharpen the look of your fireplace, you may
consider placing a piece of artwork or a painting above the
fireplace that compliments the colors and designs of that
You don't have to create this type of fireplace from
scratch. In fact, many people are remodeling their stone
fireplaces and updating them with a stucco finish. Again, the
number one reason for doing this is to modernize the fireplace
to give the room a more contemporary feel.
While the material of the fireplace is important, remember
to take all the elements in together. The mantel is the
centerpiece of the fireplace, so don't skimp on the mantel just
so you can splurge with the stucco. Oftentimes the simplest way
to really set a fireplace off is to create a custom fireplace
This will even be more effective if the customized mantel
compliments the stucco design.
To best decide if a stucco fireplace is the best option for
your home, contact a professional design consultant and ask for
their advice. At the very least, get a second opinion.