At present a lot of fireplaces are characterized by the burning of gas but long ago, masonry fireboxes that used brick mantels such as brick faces or wooden mantels were the preferred fireplace design by a lot of homeowners. Even at present, a lot still prefer to use classic brick because it looks good and it brings out a certain rustic feel that makes the room even more unique, ancient and elegant. The use of brick designs can darken a room and give out a unique style different from the brighter and open settings used by a lot of common places nowdays.
If you are building a home and you are considering a brickish style then you should consider also using stone mantels because these mantels will certainly add an everlasting beauty to your home. It should be understood that as early as possible, you should already set the pace of adding elegance and sophistication in every nook and cranny in your fireplace. The fireplace is center stage, it is the star in the show and it is the main attraction in any house. When brick material is preferred to be used, then you should make sure that it suits its environment completely. Make sure that the rustic air it exudes does not get lost in the sea of classy and modern décor around the room. It will defeat the entire purpose of using bricks as materials if it were to be that way.
If you live in an older or antique home and you already have a brick fireplace, then you might want to consider remodeling it to return the luster and beautify of the material used. You can add more beautiful details to make the fire fire place even more attractive and one-of-a-kind. The best thing about brick is the fact that giving an attractive dark feel, its rustic feel provides an even more warm and ancient air. The grace and elegance of the ancient times is present in each brick that is used to complete the design. Just be sure to remember that the mantel is the center point or area of where most important social gatherings in the house take place.