Installing a wood-burning or gas fireplace can be a great way to add extra warmth to a living room or bedroom, but it also gives you a great way to create a stunning focal point in the room. Here are a few ideas to discuss with your contractor to create this beautiful focal point.

Stone Facade

Stone hearths offer a beautiful, rustic look in your home. However, you don't have to stop at just the hearth. Your contractor can create a stunning facade for the entire wall area, and this stonework can be built to create a semicircle hearth for a grand look. For a stone rustic stone facade, you'll want to choose natural-style stones. Choose all one hue for a uniform look, or opt for a variety of colors to add a rich finishing touch.

Mosaic Tile

Mosaic tile provides a wonderful option for a modern fireplace design. You can select subway tile for this option, or you can go with a more traditional mosaic design in a single color. If your contractor has experience with tile installation, you can even work with him or her to create a custom tile design. If you want a more traditional design, consider brightly colored Spanish-style tiles to create a bold yet beautiful look.

Custom Fireplace Shelving

One way to give your fireplace a grand appearance is to add custom shelving setup around the unit. Work with your contractor to construct a custom arrangement of shelves and drawers that stretches from one side of the fireplace to the other and from the floor to the ceiling. You can add recessed lighting in the ceiling to illuminate the shelving areas, which gives you a unique way to display art pieces and decor items. If your television will be installed above the fireplace, be sure to leave room for it when creating the design for the shelves.

Fireplace Screens

The fireplace screen adds a finishing touch to your fireplace, and you can find these screens in a wide variety of designs. Ornate wrought iron designs with swirls and flourishes offer a vintage look, while simple silhouetted with geometric shapes offer a modern appearance. These screens often come in a rich black finish, which covers up the appearance of soot and ash. However, screens can be found in a host of colors to give your fireplace a unique look.

Determine which design touches you want before your contractor begins work so you can plan your project to include everything you want for your fireplace. Contact a company like Southwest Brick & Fireplace for more information and assistance.