Friday, 9 June 2017

Looking For An Individual Style - Try Antique Fireplaces

When thinking about redecorating, what becomes important very quickly is putting your own stamp on your home. A home should reflect your personality, your taste and your style, but shopping for a particular look becomes more difficult with the saturation of the modern marketplace with generic superstores and chains.

It becomes harder to seek inspiration and find unique pieces to capture the essence of your design flair. You may want to reflect your own quirky nature, or perhaps bring together different aspects of the personalities within your family, but you are unlikely to really capture this in an off-the-shelf flat pack number, despite sometimes paying a hefty price tag.

If you really want to harness your individuality and find something truly unique and interesting, it’s time to dig a little deeper. Beyond the high street, there lies a hidden world of off-the-beaten-track antique shops and markets that provide a wealth of opportunity to seek out a focal point for a room that is personal to you, not just because you chose it, but because it won’t be available in rows in every DIY store in the country.



This approach to shopping requires an element of bravery because we’ve become conditioned to shopping ‘off the shelf’ over the years and it’s easy to forget how to choose something completely individual. Buying from a commercial establishment doesn’t require a vast amount of decision making, quite often items are grouped in styles, or placed in displays that suggest how they could work in a room, but where’s the fun in that? An eclectic approach shows individuality and flair.

Fireplaces London

If you are considering a significant feature for a room, such as a fireplace, London is the place to go. With a wealth of shopping areas and markets dedicated to antiques, such as Portobello Road, there is a wonderful atmosphere that absorbs you, as well as a wealth of inspiration to help you harness your style.

In any home, a fireplace is often a focal point in a room. As well as keeping you warm it can be a significant design feature, and will often influence the arrangement of furniture. So for an individual look why not go shopping for an antique fireplace?


Some people can find antique shops a little intimidating but if you are not feeling brave enough to begin your adventure into the world of antiques alone, consider taking someone with you to bounce ideas off and help you decide what you really like. It's a great idea to spend some time looking through magazines or online to see what era might suit your taste and budget, before you go. 



This example fireplace is Victorian, in the Tudor-revival style, but the plain lines mean it could fit into a more modern home. 

Once you get the hang of antique shopping and finding what your personal style looks like, it will become easier and with experience finding that individual unique item will soon become an enjoyable one. You may even find a bargain. 

Of course with antiques, you also get amazing history and provenance. Digging around in a shop full of character and curiosity, such as Westland London, which is situated in an old church in Shoreditch, your hunting instinct will soon take over as you seek out the perfect focal point for your room. Once you find the perfect piece, you will have it forever and it will always be a talking point. Where you found it, where it originally came from, its history, there is really something wonderful about owning your own piece of the past.

Have you ever browsed antique shops? 

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23 comments

  1. II always go to antique shops to see what I could get my hands on. Somethings just need a little bit of DIY to have a second life really.

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  2. I have always loved the look of a traditional working fireplace. I love the brick ones x

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  3. I love this look. I am a huge fan of antique shops and giving something a new lease of life.

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  4. I love looking in little quirky antique shops, and finding something special to add to the room x

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  5. I would absolutely love to have a working fireplace, there used to be one here, now we just have the hole behind an electric one, its a shame.

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  6. I love original and antique fire places. My grandparents still don't have central heating and use fires

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  7. I do love an antique fireplace, i just love the old fashioned look about them

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  8. Oh wow, antique fireplaces look so beautiful and seem to tell a story of times gone by! xxx

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  9. I love that Victorian foreplace in the Tudor-revival style,such a nice feature :) x

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  10. I love fireplaces and would love to get one put into my new house someday :)

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  11. oh i love these and since it is usually the focal point of the room it needs to be unique!

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  12. I love fireplaces, they are just so beautiful and make such a fascinating feature!

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  13. I love fireplaces and antique ones have so much character!

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  14. I love antiques. It feels like there's a lot to know about them. This read makes me want to go antique shopping now. :)

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  15. I love a fireplace.Aside the warmth it provides,its also a significant design feature for a room.Love it.

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  16. I love antiques. An antique fireplace would look so unique and be a real statement piece in a room.

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  17. I have always wanted a grand fireplace. Perfect for hanging stockings on at Christmas.

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  18. I am a real modern minimalist when it comes to home decor but I do love a beautiful old fireplace in the right room, lovely!

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  19. I love looking through antique shops, and I think finding the perfect fireplace or a room can really make a huge difference.

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  20. While I am not crazy about antique decor, I have often found antique fireplaces to be absolutely stunning in any home or place. They always seem to be great conversation starters too.

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  21. We have a little antique fireplace at home but sadly we can't use it. One day I will have a working one though and I'll be beyond happy. They bring so much character to a room. Plus WARM.

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  22. I live in an apartment but I'm hoping to have a fireplace in my next spot!

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  23. A beautiful fireplace is a great addition to most homes, especially if you have a large enough house.

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