Fall is setting in. Even with Portland’s late summer, the appearance of pumpkin spice lattes and drizzling rain reminds us autumn is here. (And if you have kids going back to school, well, fall’s arrival is unavoidable.) It’s just about time to get out the fuzzy sweaters, brew a hot beverage, and cozy up by the fire.
If your fireplace is purely decorative, festooned with fake logs or pillar candles, you can get away with a minimal fireplace screen or none at all. But if you enjoy the crackling ambiance of a real fire, or you use your fireplace for heating, you’ll want a functional yet decorative fireplace screen. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a roaring fire without getting stray sparks on your carpet, clothing, and furniture.
As always, Houzz and Pinterest are inspiring us with plenty of ideas for decorative fireplace screens. Which one is your favorite?
The Mirrored Fireplace Screen
This art deco living room in San Francisco by Jerry Jacobs Design is exploding with color. So a mirrored firescreen makes the most of the lush shades and textures by bouncing light around the room. It wouldn’t do much for a functional fireplace if you want to simultaneously enjoy light, heat, and protection from sparks, but as a decorative piece, it is stunning.
The Minimal Fireplace Screen
True, this fireplace screen won’t do much to protect you from the flames, but it sure is lovely. AMI custom-designed the minimal screen more for aesthetics than function. Even without a blaze behind it, the silver reflects light in the room. It also visually complements the golden vases and white settee.
The Nature Lover’s Firescreen
Show off your outdoorsy side with this coral-inspired fireplace screen (although it looks more like branches to me). This bronze screen brings the forest inside, minus the bugs. Even without a fire going, it adds to your decor, shown here in an Asian-inspired living room.
The Outdoor Fireplace Screen
Still squeezing in a few last evenings on the patio? Our exterior fireplace screens keep you toasty and hold the sparks in while letting the heat out, marshmallows or not. The custom recessed Ultra Black Stainless Steel fireplace screen shown here includes our heavy duty 1/4” weave, 19 gauge steel mesh for a translucent curtain-like effect.
The Futuristic Fireplace Screen
Manhattan designer John Lyle has gone for an ultra-chic look with the 35-inch Vestal Fire Screen. The sculptural, high-gloss piece is made of bronze or stainless steel. With its high-action, nail-like design, this fire screen is perhaps best suited for a purely decorative fireplace in the master bedroom.
The Geometric Fireplace Screen
If ocean waves and swirls are more your speed than angular designs, take a look at Cyan Design’s Finley Fire Screen. The tri-fold iron screen in silver and black would work equally well in an upscale, newly furnished high rise or an artsy, bohemian cottage. The gently twisting metal mimics the movement of a flickering flame.
The Ornate Firescreen
You might think beautiful filigree fireplace screens would tether you to a certain design ethos, but they’re surprisingly versatile. In the top photo, a firescreen with a scroll design completes the rooftop patio of an Italian-style home in Newport Coast, California. The design can be adapted for a more Renaissance look or a living room full of fresh femininity.
When you’re eyeing a decorative fireplace screen, make sure it’s the right size for your fireplace (measure first). Then decide whether you want a single-panel, tri-fold, or hanging firescreen. If you have young children, you might want to go for coiled wire fabric or high-duty glass doors for maximum safety. Have fun choosing between wrought iron or gold, contemporary or traditional, functional or decorative! And let us know what you pick.