A fireplace screen must foremost prevent sparks from escaping the fireplace. But it should be acknowledged that it becomes the focal point of the fireplace just as the fireplace is the focal point of the room. It needs to have sufficient decorative interest to help make the fireplace attractive without the fire burning, as is most often the case.
Screen Design Hints:
- An arched top, three panel screen in front of a rectangular fireplace opening adds character and softens the square lines of the opening.
- A screen with an intricate design can add much to the beauty of a fireplace.
- Andirons or a decorative grate along with a screen can make your fireplace truly unforgettable.