The style of fireplace development in history (Ⅰ)

Posted by Yongjie Chen

The famous interior designer Kelly Hoppon in her books said that the architectural style of a room is its core structure and the interior elements that reflect the architectural style are, in order, fireplaces, stairs, windows, doors, built-in cabinets, wall decorations and pendants.

There is no part of the interior that represents the architectural style better than the fireplace.

Therefore, the choice of fireplace in home decoration is very important, it will affect the style of every other item in the room. Which style of home decoration do you want? Then choose the fireplace that complements it.

Here, we will make some introductions to the style of the fireplace. Because the fireplace has a long history, we will divide it into two main parts: Classical Period and Modern.


Fireplace 1


Classical Period

1.1500-1625 Tudor and James I Period

Although simple fireplaces made of stones or bricks built into the walls had already appeared before the 11th century, it is generally believed that the true birth of the fireplace occurred in the Tudor Period.

In this period, the civil war ended, the society became more stable and prosperous, and the Renaissance also began to appear in Britain. All of these provided the basis for the transformation of British residential style.

The original fireplace, which paid more attention to robustness and practicality, has become more exquisite in appearance.


tudor arch in fireplace

During this period, the typical fireplace design element was the "Tudor Arch", which evolved from the Gothic style. This design makes the side columns on the base to be slightly shorter, making the fireplace opening look more spacious, and the lintel is also very wide. In simpler houses, the lintel may be omitted, only the cast arch frame.

Due to the rise of the Renaissance, a large number of skilled craftsmen emerged in society, so the fireplaces of this period can have intricate and elaborate carved designs with allegorical meanings.


tudor arch in fireplace


2.1675-1725 Baroque

Baroque style is a classic architectural and art decoration style developed on the basis of the Renaissance style. It is characterized by freedom of appearance, pursuit of dynamics, and preference for magnificent and exaggerated decoration, carving, contrasting colors, interspersed curved surfaces and ellipses space.



The common feature of the fireplaces of this period is that the opening is usually closed by a thick concave-convex stone or marble. There is no mantel or lintel. The luxurious decoration of the fireplace and the wall is integrated, thus providing a focal point for the room.


Baroque fireplace

3.1702-1711 Queen Anne period

The reign of Queen Anne coincided with the later stage of the British Baroque style, but during this period there were some buildings that were softer and more restrained than the Baroque style. This style is called the Queen Anne style.

Queen Anne Fireplace