Fireplace screens are not only appealing to look at, they are vital if you have any indoor fires burning. Whether you use a mesh or wrought iron screen, they are meant to protect your house from any embers that may burn your furniture.
Winter will be heading your way soon, and there is nothing better than having a warm fireplace to sit near when you come home from a long day of work. A fireplace can be the center of a room and even an interesting talking piece if you have styled your living room nicely. Here are some ways you can change the style of your living room fireplace with wrought iron screens.
Wrought iron is very durable yet it can be shaped into almost any form you can imagine. A handy yet stylish way to decorate your living room is with folding screens. You can measure the dimensions of each screen to cover a much larger area of the fireplace. Single panels are sometimes not long or tall enough, so by extending each side with a new panel, you can even revamp an older fireplace screen.
Folding screens are also a way to hide any leftover wood or ash that you haven’t had time to clean up yet. A mesh-like design can show the fire as it’s burning, but keep the embers safely at bay, and provide cover for a messy fireplace.
There are several ways that you can use wrought iron fireplace screens to create a warm or inviting atmosphere. Vintage-style wrought iron can be obtained from old gates or fencing. If you can find an original Victorian wrought iron gate, they make beautiful features that bring elegance to any living room and looks classy.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to have style. A good clean and polishing of any old and unused piece of wrought iron can be welded together for a homemade feel. You have the advantage of creating something truly unique that you won’t ordinarily buy at any shop or online store.
Facelift with Paint
Wrought iron is used for fireplace screens because it’s rust-resistant and can take the pressure of burning flames for years with little damage. Over the years though, there will be wear and tear to any wrought iron fireplace screen, but you can maintain its condition with a good coat of enamel paint. Use those that say they’re specifically for exterior use and, if you can, go for direct-to-metal (DTM) paint that further protects the screen from rusting. Ordinary exterior paint will still lead to chipping after a few years.
Enamel paint is also a great way to give your fireplace screen a renewed feeling. You can go for the classic silver or gold colors or even spark up the room with a vibrant red or blue.
Fireplace screens have a practical use in terms of safety, but there is no reason why you can’t make it the centerpiece of your living room. Whether you want to cover up any remnants of your wood-burning sessions or you want to gaze into a forest-theme fire, the options are endless.
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