Whether it’s located in the living room, family room, or a bedroom, the fireplace is the focus of any room. Eyes are automatically drawn to this feature, making it the heart of the home.
There are many pieces that make up the fireplace beyond the firebox itself. The hearth and mantel are two important pieces, but when it comes to the style of the space, and making the fireplace live up to the focus that it receives, it’s the surround that gets all the credit.
The fireplace surround outlines the firebox and gives a substantial appearance to the area. It may terminate at the mantel or extend to the ceiling. Surrounds can be rustic or contemporary and they can be made of many different materials.
One material that can complement nearly any type of fireplace and decor, making the area really stand out, is reclaimed wood. With a variety of colors and textures to choose from, along with the unique look that only reclaimed material can bring, antique wood is the ideal material for creating an outstanding fireplace design.
About Reclaimed Wood
Reclaimed wood has been collected from old farmhouses and buildings more than 100 years old. The wood has been weathered, which develops a unique patina that can’t be found on newer materials. Depending on the type of wood you choose, it may have saw marks, nail holes, and other wear marks that give the wood a unique appearance.
Despite its age, reclaimed wood still has years of use left in it, especially for areas like fireplace surrounds, which see no foot traffic or daily wear. Just like newly cut wood, reclaimed wood can be installed in multiple patterns and positions around the fireplace to give the area a unique look that is sure to draw the eye.
Why Use Reclaimed Wood on the Fireplace Surround
The fireplace is the focus of every room it’s installed in. This is true no matter its position in the room, whether you anchor a TV or some artwork above it, or whether there’s actually a fire in the firebox. People’s eyes naturally gravitate to this area of the room, so it’s a common aspect of interior design to place a focal piece here that give people something to look at and focus on, even when the fireplace isn’t in use.
There are a number of materials that can be used here, but a few of them have been used almost to the point of ubiquity. Meaning that things like fieldstone and marble have been used on so many fireplaces that people have come to expect them, and their presence in this area does nothing to enhance the room.
Reclaimed wood is different. It has the same natural appeal and variation that stone does, but it’s less expected in this area. This gives the material a freshness that can be lacking in a lot of fireplace surrounds today. Reclaimed wood can accomplish many of the same goals, but with added interest.
For example, fieldstone is popular for rustic homes. It has a lot of variations within the stones in terms of color, texture, and wear. Antique wood has all the same variation, including variations in color and patina, grain texture, and wear marks. But wood also adds interest with its past history and use. It may have nail holes or saw marks that show its previous life, making it the area more interesting.
At the same time, wood has a richness and warmth to it that’s lacking in other materials. Stone is hard, cold, and heavy. And while it can produce a substantial look that can work well for fireplace surrounds, this look doesn’t always work well with the rest of the interior. Wood blends well with nearly any style or design. It works well in contemporary settings or rustic ones, and reclaimed wood can be cut, shaped, and milled to match a variety of styles as well. So, even if you have a contemporary home and are looking for a fireplace surround to match, you can still achieve your goals with the use of reclaimed wood panels.
Reclaimed wood installs just like other wood materials. It can be used to create a bump out surround or to create an accent wall covering the entirety of the area around the firebox. Whatever your personal style, it’s possible to find a reclaimed wood species and style that can easily complement it.
Take Your Fireplace Style to the Next Level
Reclaimed wood can give your fireplace the natural appearance and style that many people crave for their homes. It can also bring the warmth and richness that only wood contributes to a room, while also bringing history and character to the space. Consider installing reclaimed wood on your fireplace surround to make the most of this prominent feature in your home.