Creating a cosy home is at the forefront of people's minds now they are spending more time indoors stoking up the fire. What better place to start than the centre point of the living space...the fireplace wall? Normally only a small investment is required (two to three Muros Wall Panels make up a standard fireplace order) which can be installed over two days. Once completed Muros can easily transform a fireplace into a feature wall of the home — one which serves as a central piece to warming up cold winters.
Fireplace functionality is paramount of course. Another important element is the warmth created by the surrounding aesthetic, the ‘fireplace feature wall’. Fireplace wall design and fireplace surrounds are growing in popularity as an area of the home that can express character, personality and set the tone for the family room. The increasing sophistication and convenience of gas fireplaces and electric fireplaces help to fuel the desirability of fireplaces.
When searching for living room design ideas, the fireplace wall seems like the ideal place to start for a speedy makeover. Homeowners often search for the ‘best quality’ fireplace without regard to the ‘best quality’ fireplace wall. Painted walls will never make a fireplace ‘pop’ like a textured wall surround can.
Faux brick, stone veneer and exposed concrete panels are all popular choices for fireplace wall projects due to their authenticity and three-dimensional relief. If it’s a character fireplace wall design, or a contemporary fireplace surround the clients want, there are numerous design and colour choices at Muros to suit all tastes and décor. Styles range from traditional schist walls and stonework to modern imitation classic brick and concrete board panels for a more sleek urban finish.
Muros Wall Panels are regularly installed around gas fireplaces and behind freestanding fireboxes. For decades Muros decorative wall panels have been used safely near appropriate wood and gas fires, in both modern and established homes. The natural panel texture perfectly complements the heat and ambience produced by a fire.
Muros Wall Panels are able to be framed around individual specifications. Whether it’s a three-sided return or a large fireplace column, anything is achievable with the flexibility of fibreglass based panels.
Muros installation involves cutting and fitting panels, jointing, and touch-up painting to create wall facades and frame fireplaces and mounted television sets. Furthermore, the lightweight veneer panels are easy to manoeuvre around often fiddly small areas with attention to detail.
In 2013 Muros Wall Panels were tested to latest Australasian fire rating standards: ISO 5660 (NZ) and AS/NZS 3837 (Australia). The wall panels achieved a Group 3 Number Classification rating as reported by BRANZ. Wall panels can also be supplied in the highest fire rating standard, Group 1, on request.
Keep in mind that whilst Muros Wall Panels are robust and fire-resistant, they are not designed to withstand strong, direct or constant heat. A fireplace surround or flange should be installed around the fireplace. It serves two purposes:
- Allow Muros Wall Panels to achieve a tidy finish on the panel edge — either directly into the surround or ideally tucked in behind it approximately 15mm.
- Provide a degree of separation from the heat source and installed panels.
Furthermore, an appropriate fire-retardant substrate is to be used and a check prior to installation with the fireplace supplier and local council is recommended to provide certainty on the installation materials, process, finishing and compliance approval.
Contact Muros to learn more and discuss fireplace projects.