Vintage Fireplace / July 19, 2018 / Salma Crandall.
Choosing the right type of mantel to your fireplace is the most important factor to look at. Completely different house motifs require different types of fireplace mantels. For older homes that are preserved nicely that homeowners would wish to further preserve an old fireplace mantel would be suitable. We are referring to colonial-type houses. The antique mantels have this definite ageless quality in them that brings back the designs of old eras. It is possible for you to inform by the quality of expertise and possibly by wear and tear.
In the mixed bag of so-called Eclectic Revival styles that dominated between the two World Wars, fireplace openings in "Old English" houses might display the familiar Tudor arch, often in narrow light-colored brick, while those in a Spanish Revival house often had a deliberately crude mantelshelf in heavy, dark wood above a simple rectangular or rounded opening edged with red brick set into a stuccoed wall.
If there is a positive side, there is also the negative side of propane fireplaces which do not stand up to the conventional wood burning fireplace. Propane is sourced from treasured fossil fuels, which are not renewable sources of energy. Since this is not renewable, it is controlled, which causes the price of the fireplace to fluctuate from time to time. Wood burning fireplace uses wood which is relatively renewable and cheap. Wood for heat will always be available as long as chopped trees are being replaced with new ones.
In the 20th century, the fireplace continued to serve as a dreamlike emblem of the happy home. Colonial Revival houses relied heavily on the simpler designs of the Colonial and Federal periods, and while mantelshelves and colonettes abounded, there was scarcely an overmantel to be seen. In Prairie School houses of Frank Lloyd Wright and his followers, monolithic brick and stone chimney walls may be of simple fieldstone or glazed brick or tile.