A period property is greatly enhanced if the rooms contain genuine architectural features. There are many ways to do this, but adding or restoring original fireplaces is an excellent way to create a sense of time and place.

Georgian fireplaces came into fashion at the beginning of the 18th century. The design of a Georgian fireplace was largely dictated by rules of proportion. Fireplaces constructed during the early Georgian period were influenced by Palladian architecture. Before long, however, one of the best-known names of the period, Robert Adam, had introduced lighter and more elegant designs, with low relief carvings and inlaid coloured marble.

If you would like to learn more about the history of fireplace design, see below for an infographic created by Thornhill Galleries. It explains more about the historical evolution of fireplaces over the centuries, so if you are not sure which period piece is right for your property, this is a good place to begin.

Georgian fireplaces