Victorian fireplaces can be divided into two main categories. Early-Mid Victorian styles and Late Victorian styles. Early-Mid styles were generally made out of marble or slate and sometimes the slate was even painted to look like marble. The early Victorian style usually featured arched inserts and intricate ornate designs usually consisting of a floral pattern. These styles and designs are still very popular today as it brings a piece of classic history into the family home. By the mid-late era, the Victorians opted for a more sophisticated and simple style. The late fireplace styles were cleaner, simpler and mainly made out of cast iron. The style featured arched and square in shape and it was carved in more simple patterns such as lines. Decorated tiles on the sliders were introduced and wooden or marble frames became larger so that more ornaments could be placed upon it for decoration purposes.
As well as the fireplaces, Victorian fires screens became a highly decorative feature to accompany the fireplace. The screens were a favourite amongst women as it gave them am opportunity to show off their tapestry and embroidery skills as they highly enjoyed decorating and personalising the screen to their taste. The frames and feet of the screens were usually made from high quality mahogany, satinwood, or rose-wood. The screens beers generally made out of solid wood, Papier-mâché, fabric or stained glass.
In the late 1960s-1980s, many people had removed Victorian fireplaces in favour for a brick or stone fireplace which spanned width of the room. However, times have changed and more people are opting to bring old or antique fireplaces back into fashion for a taste of history and nostalgia.