Fire And Surrounds Buying Guide

When the temperature outside drops, there’s little better than snuggling up at home with your family and pets in front of the warm glow of a fire. Perfect for creating a warm and welcoming ambience, a fireplace is a great focal point with the potential to transform the look and feel of any room. At Homebase, we stock an extensive range of the latest fantastic fireplaces designed to help you bring your home to life; so find the perfect fire or fire surround for you, and bring warmth and cosiness to your home, with help from these expert tips.

10 steps to achieving the right ambience in the home with fire surrounds and suites

1. Adding a focal point to any room

From traditional suites to contemporary wall-mounted models, the right fire surrounds and suites can add warmth and depth to any room in the household, creating a cosy glow perfect for cold winter nights.

2. Adding character to your home

From bedrooms to living rooms, stand-alone stoves are a great option that will add character to any room. At Homebase, you can choose from a range of styles that are simple to control and offer instant heat.

3. Choosing the correct style of fire surrounds and suites

When choosing fire surrounds and suites, it’s important to consider where they are going, and the style you’re looking to achieve. If you’re planning on putting a fire surround and suite into an extremely traditionally styled room, it’s a good idea to go for a classic design.

4. Considering your space

Fire surrounds and suites come in all varieties, styles and shapes – the style you choose is very much dependent on the size of the room. Wall-mounted fires are ideal options for smaller spaces as they sit flush to the wall without the need for a chimney or flue, maximising available space in any room.

5. Transforming a room with fire surrounds and suites

From traditional roaring open fires and stoves, to more contemporary gas and electric designs, inset fires can transform an entire room, regardless of whether you choose to replace an old fire or invest in a completely new surround set.

6. Mixing and matching

With Homebase, you can create the bespoke fireplace that’s perfect for you by mixing and matching from our wide range of fires, surrounds, hearths and back panels. Choose from a fabulous selection of real wood veneer surrounds, eye-catching hearths and double sided laminate back panels to achieve the style you’re after.

7. Choosing the right fuel

When choosing fire surrounds and suites, it’s important to consider what fuel you want to use:

  • Electric fires are safe, whilst being both easy to install and maintain
  • Gas fires are more efficient, delivering more warmth and clean, instant heat
  • Solid fuel (wood/coal) fires and stoves are great for bringing ambience and character to your home

8. Size – it matters!

When it comes to fuel, you may be restricted in your choice by availability of supply (consider whether you have mains gas), and regulations on what you can burn (are you in a smoke free area?).

Once you’ve decided on your fuel, think about the size and output you need to ensure that it’s big enough to heat your room effectively, without roasting you and your family!

9. Checking your chimney

Unless you’re planning on making changes to your chimney or flue, it’s important that you pick suites that work with your existing chimney. If you’re going for electric, this doesn’t matter, but if you do decide to opt for a gas or open fire, then have someone check it out before you buy.

10. Considering the costs

If you’re trying to save money, make sure you take into account how much your fire will cost to run. Thankfully, this is easier than it sounds – you can work out how much it will cost by multiplying the heat input of the fire by the gas or electricity tariff of your provider.

How to choose the right fire surrounds and suites?

As with any interior feature, it’s important to go for a fireplace that matches the style you’re trying to achieve. Whilst a wall mounted electric fire might look fantastic in your modern home, there’s a chance it won’t complement the exposed beams of your period country cottage!

Are fire surrounds and suites suitable for my home?

Simply put – yes! With so many different styles, you’re sure to find something that adds ambience and character to your rooms, and suits your home perfectly.

The right fire surrounds and suites can instantly transform your home, creating a warm and cosy atmosphere throughout.



Writer and expert