By the mid Edwardian period, fireplaces were becoming taller and slimmer. Cast iron inserts became less popular and many people opted for canopies on legs. The canopies had large angled panels on either side, which covered the space between the canopy and fireplace surround. The tiled panels were typically placed at an angle to the canopy, rather than the traditional way of having a space to slot tiles in the cast. This era became popular for cast iron combination fireplaces with tiles. This was similar to the tiled cast iron inserts as seen in the Victorian era, but had a surround included in the cast and featured more simple designs.
By the mid to late Edwardian era, new and contemporary styles such as Art Deco and Art Nouveau were being discovered. This became a following trend which resulted in brighter coloured tiles with the latest art forms and designs added. Another style which became increasingly popular is the arts and craft. The arts and craft style was focused on using local materials. The main attraction of this style was that the materials sourced were natural. Materials such as cast iron, tiles and bricks were used in the modern day home. In wealthier homes, people had the opportunity to show off their up-market status by using beaten copper surrounds. As the Edwardian era progressed, fireplace surrounds became larger with many being made out of wood and incorporated large mirrors. This was possibly due to cast iron becoming more unavailable due to the high demand in world war 1. Cast iron was needed to make weapons and ammunition in factories.
An Edwardian fireplace holds a great history, it features a nostalgic time period of when industrialisation and craftsmanship combined. The classic art forms Art Deco and Art Nouveau are heavily influenced. An Edwardian fireplace will bear a great price of art and history in your home.