Decorating your antique fireplace for Christmas

An antique fireplace gives you a real advantage when it comes to decorating your home for Christmas. You have a ready-made focal point, which is just asking to be decked with holly and filled with lights. Just a few simple touches can create a beautiful festive display – and here are a few suggestions… Be natural Christmas doesn’t […]

Simply perfect

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Simple is beautiful.  An antique fireplace with clean lines and an unfussy design can really enhance a room without overpowering it. A plain fire surround is far from unadventurous: it’s the graceful single lily rather than the bouquet… Cool, calm marbles are effortlessly elegant; and an unadorned stone fireplace gives a sense of the simplicity of great workmanship. […]

A piece of art: inlays in antique fireplaces

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If you’re looking for a bespoke, reproduction or antique fireplace that’s eye-catching without being too distracting, a surround made from two-toned inlaid marbles is worth considering. We love sourcing, designing and making these elegant pieces, and nothing brings the beauty of a marble fireplace to life than a splash of contrasting colour.  Inlays also feature in wooden fireplaces; […]

What’s the right age of antique fireplace for your home?

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The idea of finding an antique fireplace that’s contemporary with your home is an appealing one. The fireplace is such an integral part of the design of a building that installing one from the same period can give a room a real sense of integrity. If you have other original features, finding the right vintage fireplace would be the […]

Antique French fireplaces – from chateau style to vintage chic

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Disney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast is released this month, and we’re looking forward to seeing the fabulous château interiors! Antique French fireplaces can be among some of the most beautiful: along with the famous songs, charismatic performances and sheer spectacle expected from a Disney production, we’ll also be keeping an eye on […]

Dulux’s 2017 palette: team your stone fireplace with denim blue

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At Thornhill Galleries, we’re always excited to find out what Dulux’s Colour of the Year will be. For 2017, they’ve chosen a cool blue called “Denim Drift”. Despite its contemporary-sounding name, this is actually a very traditional shade which looks wonderful with an antique fireplace. Denim Drift, along with its “family colour palette” of other blue tones, […]

Fireplaces in the bathroom

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It feels like the last word in luxury – a fireplace in the bathroom. Imagine soaking in the tub, while dancing flames reflect against the cool white surface of the bath, warming your toes… This level of decadence may not be possible in every bathroom; however those of us who live in older houses may […]

Go Gothic with a Revival fireplace

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The Gothic Revival style is having another revival! The combination of dramatic fireplaces, deep rich colours, and medieval motifs looks extremely striking in the contemporary home. You don’t have to live in a mountain-top castle to capture at least a few elements of this romantic look… Although the Gothic Revival initially started in the mid seventeenth century, it was the Victorians that […]

What can I put above my mantelpiece?

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You have a beautiful antique fireplace, complete with fireplace accessories such as a grate, fender, and firetools. However, it still doesn’t feel quite complete – and most times, this is because the chimney breast or the wall space above the mantelpiece is empty. The fireplace is the room’s focal point, the heart of the home. […]

Faces in the fire – caryatids and other carvings

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We see several recurring motifs in our fireplaces, and one of the most fascinating and compelling designs is that of the human face. Caryatids, putti, and masks are popular neoclassical features – and here are a few of our favourites. A caryatid is a supporting column in the shape of a woman, seen most famously […]

A focus on firedogs

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What are firedogs, and why do we need them? Traditionally, a pair of firedogs were used to hold up the andiron, the horizontal bar that supports the logs in an open fire. The andiron is held above the ground to allow the air to circulate around the fire. So, they’re an essential item if you’re planning […]

Definitely different: unusual antique fireplaces

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When many people choose their antique or reproduction fireplace, they go for a style that complements their decor, or perhaps the period of their house. Warm stone or cool marble are always popular, as is a natural-looking wooden finish. But perhaps you’re looking for a real statement piece? If you want a fireplace that truly […]

Fireplaces in the workplace

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When we say that a fireplace can enhance your space, we’re usually talking about your home.  However, a fireplace can work very well in a workplace too. It doesn’t have to be as magnificent as the one used in the picture above –  after all, that is a meeting room in The White House! – […]

Dark and handsome – dramatic marble antique fireplaces

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We’re all used to thinking of marble as a glowing, white stone. When asked to picture marble, most of us probably picture Classical temples, Renaissance statues, and cool tiled floors – all in white. Think of a marble fireplace, and an elegant Georgian-style Statuary marble comes to mind.  However, why not explore some of the other […]

The rich warmth of Bath stone

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We love the richness of Bath stone. It’s what gives the City of Bath its memorable, honey-hued beauty, and adds a gleaming creaminess to cathedrals and other magnificent buildings across England. It’s also a wonderful stone for antique fireplaces. What is Bath stone? It’s an oolitic limestone, meaning that it’s made up from ooliths, sand-sized particles […]

Small but perfectly formed – fireplaces for modest spaces

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We usually focus on the fireplaces in the reception rooms. After all, this is where most people see them, and if you are to have an open fire, this is where it usually is. However, there are plenty of period homes that have small fireplaces in the bedrooms and other modestly-sized rooms. Fireplaces in bedrooms […]

Antique marble fireplaces in the contemporary home

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A cool marble antique fireplace looks superb in a contemporary space. The marble itself has a timeless beauty that transcends interior trends; while the elegant Georgian, Regency, and Louis XVI styles sit very comfortably with contemporary decor. Here are just a few samples from our collection of antique marble fire surrounds that would work wonderfully […]

Irons in the fire: a look at antique fire tools

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Ever since our ancestors first lit fires, these fires have needed tending. Tough branches or bones provided the first pokers, which eventually evolved into the simple, fireproof metal tool we still use today. With the development of the fireplace, fire tongs for handling coal and logs were introduced; and along with a small shovel for […]

Filling the gap: how to dress the fireplace

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You don’t need to have an open fire to make the most of your antique fireplace. Many homes have beautiful fireplaces with a purely decorative function. However let’s be honest – an empty fireplace can look uninviting. Whether the fireplace is never used, or you want to make it look more attractive in the summer months, […]

Finding inspiration for your fireplace

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How do you find inspiration for your new fireplace? We asked our clients, and these are some of their suggestions… Television and Film Television and cinema, especially period drama, can be a great source of inspiration for antique and reproduction fireplaces. We’ve just written about the gorgeous fireplaces in Downton Abbey  – and translating screen […]

The fireplaces of Downton Abbey

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The final series of Downton Abbey came to a close last night, with the nation collectively gasping “Lady Mary!” on more than one occasion. We’re all going to miss it. As well as the stories, and the characters we’ve all come to know and root for, the house itself (played by beautiful Highclere Castle) has […]

Thornhill Galleries fireplace in House & Garden feature

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A recent article in House & Garden magazine featured a rustic, yet graceful French period Louis XV supplied by Thornhill Galleries. The article focuses on a central London flat decorated by interior designer Charlotte Crosland. This is a fine example of how rustic antique fire surrounds can be used in junction with classic decor – the rich colours […]

At Bond’s Service – Fireplaces on Film

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As big Bond fans, we were delighted when Eon Productions asked us to lend them some fireplace accessories for the latest 007 film, Spectre. Were we nervous about sending our antiques out on loan? After all, few buildings in Bond films escape unscathed! However, Bond films have a tradition of fabulous interiors, and we were very […]

Accessorising your Antique Fireplace

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Every fashionista knows the importance of accessories. A timeless piece can be made more contemporary, or more classic, with a few neat touches. It’s the same with fireplaces. A traditional antique fireplace can be enhanced by the clever use of accessories. Whether you have an open fire or not, a fire basket or fire grate is often […]

An antique French fireplace with a fine vintage

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For any wine lover, this could be the perfect fireplace. Recently reclaimed from a wine house in Beaune is this petite Louis XVI stone fireplace. The wine capital of Burgundy, Beaune is an ancient town with a rich historical and architectural heritage, with a range of architecture through the medieval, renaissance and later periods. This […]

Using antique wood fireplaces in your home

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Antique wooden fireplaces sit beautifully in a range of settings. Unlike many other materials, wood can be adapted to suit you and your decor, making it the perfect option for those who like to personalise their fire surrounds. A wooden fireplace can be stained or even painted to complement your palette, although the wood itself […]

The Versatility of a Limestone Fireplace in your Interior Scheme

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If you are looking for a fireplace to complement your interior design scheme, have you thought about limestone? Equally at home in a minimalist apartment or Victorian rectory, there is a limestone fireplace to suit any surroundings. Limestone’s pale colour means that it works well either in a contemporary, natural-looking scheme or as a foil […]

An Introduction to Antique Fireplaces

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The world of fireplaces can be a complex one. Historically it was the mantelpiece that defined the architectural style of the interior of a room, whether it be neo-classical, Italian Renaissance, French, Victorian or Gothic. But with such a variety of antique and restored fireplaces on offer how does one begin to distinguish one’s Art […]

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