Fireplace screens were developed in the early 18th century as a way for the elite to prevent embers from coming into the room, and a way to decorate the fireplace in the off season when the fireplace itself wasn’t being used. The earliest screens were made of wood and often decorated with fabrics with embroidery work, which people quickly found other ways to make these because fabric is flammable defeating the purpose of having a barrier in the first place. Later in the 19th century, they were mainly made with stain glass, illuminating the room with different colors when the fireplace was lit.
Today fireplace screens come in just about any style you could imagine, wrought iron, stainless steel, stain glass, bronze, anything but wood with decorative fabric. At Wrights, we carry a wide selection of fireplace screens to fit the unique style of your home. Don’t think of the screen as something to protect your floor from flying embers, think of it as a focal point of your room that can bring to life your fireplace even when it’s not in season.
Hope you enjoyed reading today’s blog, if you are in the market for a fireplace screen it would mean the world to us if you stopped in.