Perhaps you are remodelling your whole room and need a new fireplace to finish it off, or perhaps you just want to freshen up your existing fire with an updated surround. The right fireplace will enhance any room and can act as a focal point all year round, even when the fire is not in use during the summer months. How do you decide what style of fireplace is best for your home? Here is a quick guide.

Budget

If cost is a consideration, you will probably want to steer clear of more expensive options such as natural marble. The good news is that marble and stone surrounds do not tend to suit all styles of home, so you won't have to compromise on the finished look. Wood tends to be more a more affordable option and will suit most homes and room sizes. It is also available in a range of tones and finishes, meaning that you can choose from rustic, traditional, contemporary and many more looks.

Size

The most important thing to bear in mind is proportion. If you have fallen in love with a large, grand stone fireplace but live in a modest property without high ceilings, you will need to move on. Choosing a fireplace that is too large for the space will make your room feel smaller - a fireplace should enhance a room, not dominate it. While the right fireplace can be a stunning feature of any room, it needs to be in proportion. A compact, space-saving design might be great for a small living room but would look out of place in a vast room with high ceilings and large pieces of furniture. Take a look at fireplaces in interiors magazines and on home decor websites for ideas if you are not sure what size is best for your space.

Style

If you are redecorating your whole room, you will have much more flexibility when it comes to the style of fireplace you choose. If you are creating a pared-down Scandi feel, for example, you might find that a rustic wooden fireplace fits in well with your decor. If you are going for a contemporary look, you might want something sleek and minimalist. Your fireplace should complement your existing decor. If your home style is eclectic and a little daring, a traditional fireplace is likely to look out of place.

Luckily, there are so many styles to choose from that all tastes are catered to.