When you have a new fireplace fitted one of the things you need to consider is how it will fit in with your present décor. You also need to have refractory panels fitted to the new fireplace. These days you can buy decorative fireplace refractory panels so you can satisfy both requirements at the same time.

There are two purposes for refractory panels. One is that they reflect the heat generated by the fire, back into the room for more effective heating and the other is that they prevent the heat from penetrating the firebox, which can cause a considerable amount of damage.

There are so many different designs of panel available that you can’t fail to find one that appeals to your taste. You can go for plain stone if you prefer a simple style, but other designs are available, such as herringbone, diamond and rib effects. There are also sandstone, briquette and brick wall styles. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to ensure that they can be fitted adequately into your fireplace.

As so many of these refractory panels are decorated nowadays, you can ‘kill two birds with one stone’ and provide your household with an efficient heating system, prevent any unnecessary heat damage and decorate your fireplace tastefully all in one fell swoop, making life much easier when modernizing your fireplace.