Marble vs Limestone Fireplace Surrounds
Posted on: 23rd March 2018
By choosing the perfect material for your fireplace surround, your fireplace can become the heart of your living room. No matter what kind or style of fireplace you have – whatever manufacturer, fuel type or size – your surround should be the ideal complement to your chosen appliance.
Limestone fireplace surrounds
In terms of interior design, limestone surrounds are the versatile choice. Limestone is elegant, smooth and neutral – three key elements for stylish home decor. As with any decorative material you bring into your home, you should think about how limestone will affect the tone, atmosphere and overall look of the room.
In general, limestone is great if you’re trying to go for a contemporary feel that is both welcoming and a bit on the softer side. Limestone fireplace surrounds rely on a more subtle style than their marble counterparts. This means that, while they don’t have that ‘in your face’, authoritative tone, they don’t need it. Limestone fire surrounds work by bringing your home decor together, rather than establishing themselves as the main attraction.
The neutral tone of limestone means you have free rein when decorating the rest of the room. It works as well with rustic, wooden furniture as it does with sleek, contemporary leather and metals. Fill a room with fabrics or keep it minimalistic – either way limestone fits in without much of an overhaul.
The surround itself can be kept smooth and sleek, or you can opt for more of a flourish through intricate details on the surface. It’s the versatility and openness to choice that makes limestone a hugely appealing material for many different homeowners.
Maintenance is a common issue for stone fireplace surrounds. Of course, you need to know whether or not your limestone surround will maintain its gorgeous aesthetic for years at a time. So does it? The only issue you’ll have with limestone is that it is a porous material, meaning it needs to be sealed properly before installation. If not sealed, the surround will be much more susceptible to stains and general moisture damage. Once sealed, they’ll work without any trouble – although it’s recommended to reseal the surround every year or so.
Marble fireplace surrounds
As you might expect, marble is the more decadent choice when it comes to interior design. Its historical attachment to wealth, regality and mansion-esque class often sets a powerful tone in any room it’s installed in.
With that in mind, it’s not unlikely that if you’re choosing a marble surround you already have a strong decor idea in mind – or in place. It’s a bolder choice, and one that works elegantly with accompanying bold tones, but can easily look out of place – or set the wrong impression – if you haven’t planned ahead.
Like limestone, marble will also need to be sealed in order to protect it from stains, scratches and moisture. Maintenance and upkeep-wise, the two materials are similar so there really isn’t much to choose between the two.
What about cost?
Price point is the deal breaker for many. Both limestone and marble are quality stone materials, offering an elegant and premium natural stone aesthetic, but is there any significant differences in cost between the two?
Marble is by far the most expensive of the two. Limestone is more readily available, so marble’s rarity does drive the price up – while also adding somewhat to its more ‘exclusive’ feel. So from a monetary perspective, limestone’s exceptional quality is far more cost-effective than marble.
Which is best for you?
In the end, when choosing a bespoke fireplace and surround, the choice is yours. While both materials can be an excellent choice, limestone has that wider, more versatile reach; it’s a material which makes integrating your stone fireplace easy no matter the style, theme or atmosphere of your living room.
Limestone is cheaper, more versatile and more of a subtle style solution and if all of that sounds like just the thing for you, then it looks like you’ve made your choice!
The Rotherham Fireplace Centre provides a range of elegant fireplace surround installation services, including bespoke measured limestone and marble surrounds. We go the extra mile to ensure your stone fireplace surround is designed to suit your precise requirements. Some of our limestone surrounds are a part of Our Collection, which means you receive a stellar limestone product sourced by our very own suppliers in Portugal. Our surrounds are designed to suit your home. To find out more, contact us today. We operate across Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and the surrounding South Yorkshire area.