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Choosing the Right Fire Glass

Posted on by Lindsey Conklin

Starfire Direct prides itself on offering the best in fire glass and fire places on the market. We know full well that while some clients have a clear image in their mind of what it is they wish to achieve exactly, others might be at the beginning of their design process and need some guidance with how best to mix their glasses or what kind of materials to purchase.

We each find things attractive or pleasing to the eye that might differ from the next. While designers, artists, and architects work and study their entire lives to grab and keep the attention of the majority of people. One designer’s color choices may not mesh well with the actual execution of their plans. For a person who has a rustic country aesthetic sense for their home, cool colored fire-glass added to a fireplace might throw the entire look off. Like painting the walls of your home or laying out gardening plans when updating your yard’s landscaping, planning and research must be done to make sure you’re choosing the right colors for your needs.

Generally, in interior and exterior home design, the trend of keeping to analogous color schemes is one way to help with choosing colors. An analogous color scheme is one that keeps to one quarter of the color wheel as observed in the color wheel diagram above to the left.

Many designers choose analogous color groups to prevent colors from clashing with each other, as colors that are next to each other on the color wheel have similar properties and base colors. These color groups will continue throughout the entire room but can lead to a boring end result if not varied enough. To prevent this, many interior designers will use a “focal point feature,” that is eye-grabbing by utilizing a complimentary color to the rest of the design. A complimentary color is one that is on the direct opposite side of the color wheel from the main color you used in your design. (As observed in the color wheel diagram in the center.)

A fire feature like one of our fireplaces or fire pits work well, in that the glass itself can be used as the complimentary color in your design. Delicate balance must be met between the compliment and the dominant colors. The compliment can only touch on eye-focal points and not dominate the overall design. Think of an all-white room, if we were to compliment the white with black fire glass in our fireplace, the fireplace becomes a focal point and center of the room simply by our eye being drawn to the contrast in color.

More advanced color schemes usually complicate home design as simplicity and clean function are the latest trends designers are following. Think of the colors already utilized in your home. What is the paint color used on the walls? Picture frames? Does your existing fireplace use warm or cool colored stones? All of these are important factors when buying the right colored fireglass for your needs.

Warm colors are those that “feel,” warm such as red, orange, and yellow. Cool colors are those that “feel,” cool like blue, purple, and green. (As observed in the color wheel diagram above on the right.) Neutral tones such as black, white, and grey have no temperature identity of their own unless coupled with another color; then these neutrals take on the identity of their compliment. This all happens in the eye. Because the eye is constantly fighting against an overabundance of stimulation, it has to identify what is most important to focus on.

Color is an important visual in our lives. The colors we surround ourselves with can affect our moods. A person might love the color pink but find it overwhelming when painted on the walls without ever realizing. That is because of the inherent strong relationship between the colors red that is the base element of “pink,” and can bring out some of the stronger emotions such as passion, power and even anger. While pink is soft and pretty, that slight red core-color if we are overwhelmed by it. Strong colors like red and orange should best be reserved for focus features in a room or outside. Fire glass is a wonderful focus feature that it is eye catching even when it is not lit and would be the best place to bring in strong complimentary or accent colors to bring that pop in a room design.

     

Explore our Fire Glass category to see the vast color options you can choose from.

Another handy tool we offer is our Fire Glass Calculator it can help you order the proper amount for your fireplace and fire pit. You can find it in the top navigation of our website, next to the blog link.

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11 Responses to Choosing the Right Fire Glass

  1. Thelma says:

    I have been watching reality TV shows which feature modern homes. And I noticed that more homes now have a rock pit / fire place and it looks very romantic at night. I would like a fire place made of glass and stones. It is nice to chill by the fire with some wine and good company. I will have to look into this site to find out about the prices.

  2. Deanne says:

    These glass fire places are really elegant, stylish and they bring a modern style of dcor to any home. They can really add value and style to the back yard or patio of an average size home and it can certainly look appropriate in a high priced home. There is no doubt that everyone loves to sit by the fire. I am getting closer to wanting to buy a lower priced fireplace.

  3. Joe says:

    This was very interesting, my husband installed and sold pre-manufactured fireplaces for about 20 years so he knows just about anything you would want to know about them and he was impressed with your blog post as well. Thank you for doing this because most people don’t think about the safety of the fire glass or fireplace and that causes accidents.

  4. Karla says:

    I have dealt with fire glass before because we were in the fireplace business for a long time, but I have to admit that there are a lot of different kinds of fire places and fire pits etc. that we didn’t have back then so it is taking me by surprise. This is great work and your blog was put together really well, please keep up the good work .

  5. Daniel says:

    The photos of fireplace table tops on this page are impressive looking. It is good to know that you can have a rock based fireplace without a major construction installation done to your home. That is why I would be more interested in the table top style glass fireplaces. Even those look as romantic and elegant as the larger sized fireplaces.

  6. Gladys says:

    I noticed that more and more night clubs are now furnishing their outdoor patio area with these types of glass / rock fire places. It sure looks elegant and stylish. You don’t even have to live in a cool climate because these fire places are so cool looking that it’s just nice to have a small flame lit at night.

  7. Mack says:

    Thelma, I have seen a lot of the same shows then because almost everyone has some kind of fire pit or outside fireplace of some sort. I am not a big out doors fan because of the temperatures we get here in Arizona and I don’t stay up late enough for it to cool down enough to enjoy it either so I think it would be a waste for me, but I do love them.

  8. Mark says:

    I used to think that I would have to move to a condo on the beach in order to enjoy a fire at night with good friends and spirits – all in good spirits. Now that I have been seeing these types of fire places and discovering how affordable and simple the installations can be, my world has been transformed with new possibilities. You can really raise the value of a home with one of these.

  9. Jennifer says:

    I never realized that these fire places come in so many shapes and styles. I guess I have been living with an old fashioned mind set because when I heard the term, fire place, in the past, I thought it had to be a built into the home. The styles and sizes of the ones on this photo gallery can go in just about any part of a home. The table top model is probably affordable.

  10. Steven says:

    To me the most important thing to consider when you are choosing your fire glass is the safety rating because some of that stuff can get very hot and some of it has a heat shield so that is very important. Thank you for showing such beautiful fire pits and things in your post I was looking for something to spruce up the back yard this summer and that is the ticket.

  11. James says:

    I was just browsing and read your head line and thought what does that mean so I stopped by. I am glad that I did because now I have some ideas for my patio that I didn’t have before this. Your article was very interesting and full of great information please keep posting as new information comes out. I will keep coming back to check this out.

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