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Choose your fire surround wood colour

A description of colours available with our wood fire surrounds

It's very tough to know how a colour is going to look on your fire surround when it is in your home. The lights used in high street stores always make colours look different. Computer monitors are no better, they all display images differently, and even if they were all the same, it is just an interpretation of colour made by the photographer on the day.

The only way you can truly know what a colour is going to look like in your home is with a colour sample, and that is why we have a free colour sample service (you have to pay for postage, but this is refunded when you order).

We have tried to describe our colours range for you, this is to give you an indication when ordering samples. They are brief descriptions but are grouped into colour families; generally, if you have an idea of the look you are after, then the three samples will come from the same family

Please feel free to give us a call if you would like any help.

All the surrounds have a lacquer over them for protection; this is either a satin or matte finish and not glossy.

Matt Oak

Matt Oak is standard European Oak with no added colour. We finish the fire surrounds with a matte sealant to for protection, no colour is added, this and Clear Oak are the lightest Oaks we do.

Clear Oak  

Clear Oak is a clear satin lacquer that is applied over the Oak; there is no colour added, so along with the Matt version, this is the lightest Oak finish that we supply.

Celtic Oak

This gives a similar colour finish to Matt and Clear Oak although it is slightly darker. The Celtic stain pulls out the grain of the wood, and so the overall appearance of the surround is marginally darker than Clear or Matt Oak.

Golden Oak

This is a slightly darker, more vibrant and warmer (yellower) colour than Clear, Matt or Celtic Oak. 

Clear, Matt, Celtic and Golden Oak are a natural range of colours, if you are looking for a light Oak fire surround then one of these will generally suit. Clear, Matt and Celtic are our most popular Oak colours.

Medium Oak

Medium Oak is quite a bit darker than the above; it has hints of red and yellow, the grain doesn't stand out as much as on the lighter colours. It is more usually used on traditional fire surrounds although it also gives an excellent twist to our modern range of surrounds. 

Warm Oak

Warm Oak is quite a bit darker than medium Oak and has a slightly reddish appearance, like Medium Oak. Often used on traditional fire surrounds but can give a contemporary twist to our modern range of mantlepieces.

American Walnut

American Walnut has hints of Medium Oak and warm Oak with a completely different look, the grain is much less dense, and this gives a pleasing effect of colours shaded across the wood.

Golden Oak, Medium Oak and American Walnut are all worth considering if you are looking for a slightly darker wood fire surround in either a traditional or modern style.

Black Oak 

Our Black Oak fire surrounds are surrounds that are sprayed black at the final stage of production, the finish has a slight sheen but is not glossy, the grain of the wood shows through meaning that every surround is unique. 

Matt Black

Matt Black is a very flat black colour and is available only in a smooth finish; it is ideal when you are looking for a modern or contemporary finish.

Slate

Our Slate finish is sprayed onto our veneers at the final stage of production to allow the natural grain pattern to show through. The colour is a very dark grey, almost black. 

Smooth Slate

Our smooth slate is the same colour as Slate but with a smooth finish

Cloud

The colour Cloud is sprayed onto the wood veneer fire surround at the final stage of production this allows the natural grain pattern to show through. Cloud has a flat finish and would best be described as a mid-grey with a blue tinge.

Smooth Cloud

The colour is as described above only with a completely smooth finish.

Olive

The colour Olive is sprayed onto the wood veneer fire surround at the final stage of production this allows the natural grain pattern to show through. Olive has a flat finish and is our light grey with a slight greenish hue.

Smooth Olive

The colour is as described above only with a completely smooth finish.

Mist

The colour Mist is sprayed onto the wood veneer fire surround at the final stage of production this allows the natural grain pattern to show through. Mist has a flat finish and is the lightest grey that we do, it is a fairly neutral colour although it would be classed as a warm grey.

Smooth Mist

The colour is as described above only with a completely smooth finish.

Black, Slate and Cloud and Mist are our range of grey colours; they suit modern fire surrounds, but can bring a contemporary twist to traditional surrounds such as the Hawthorn, Chesham and Kilkenny. They also make good inset colours for surrounds such as the Seattle. As the colours for the smooth and wood grained versions are the same paint, we would suggest ordering either the smooth or wood grained version, rather than both to maximise your 3 colour samples.

Light Pine Waxed Pine

The lightest of our two pine colours.

Stripped Pine

Darker then Light Pine, also slightly redder.

We can supply pine 'nude' if you wish to finish it yourself with a wax to match your current furniture. If you order some colour Pine samples, then you can see the unfinished 'nude' colour on the reverse side.

Mango

Mango is a dark, warm colour; it is darker than warm oak, it would be best described as a very dark brown.

Vintage Honey Oak

Vintage Honey Oak has both dark and light areas and suits a more traditional surround. It is not possible to view the full range of colour of this effect from a colour sample if you look at the Exmoor Fire Surround you will get a good idea of the impact of this stain.

Red Mahogany

This colour is darker than even Mango but is much redder; it is quite hard to see the grain pattern as this tends to blend into the overall tone.

Brown Mahogany 

Similar in density to Red Mahogany but browner, the grain again tends to blend into the overall colour.

Mango, Vintage Honey, Red & Brown Mahogany tend to suit more traditional fire surrounds. If you are looking for a traditional dark colour then Mango, Brown Mahogany and Red Mahogany are three samples that we would advise you order. Vintage Honey Oak is entirely different, and it is worth looking at the effect on the Exmoor Fire Surround.

White Stone

Brilliant white with flecks to give a similar finish to a marble. The specks vary in size and are made up of greys, beige colours. 

Beige Stone

Beige stone is another paint effect, the specks are much smaller than on White Stone, and the base is a cream colour, the overall effect is similar to Marfil Stone Marble.

Paint effects work very well on fire surrounds, although we generally see customers who have electric suites choosing them most often. They look excellent when the hearth, back and fire surround are all the same colour, an example of this is the Biarritz Electric Suite. They also work well on just hearths and back panels as an alternative to marble.

Oyster 

Oyster is a dark cream sprayed over a veneered wood allowing the natural grain pattern to show through.

Olde England White 

Olde England White is a cream, similar to Magnolia sprayed onto a smooth surface, ideal for those who don't want a bright white fire surround but still want something similar to white. Olde England white is quite often chosen for customers who are purchasing a traditional fire surround,  but it does look surprisingly good on Modern fire surrounds as well.

Ivory

Ivory is the same colour as Old England white but sprayed over a wood veneer allowing the grain of the wood to show through.

Tudor Oak 

Brilliant white sprayed over a wood veneer allowing the grain of the wood to show through.

Brilliant White 

What can you say, brilliant and white!

Our white's and creams are some of the most popular colours; if you are ordering three colour samples, we would recommend ordering Oyster, Olde England White and Tudor Oak. These three will also allow you to see Brilliant White and Ivory, as these are the same colours, just painted onto a different surface.

Unfinished 'Nude'

We can supply any of our surrounds unfinished; this will need to be requested in the comments field at the checkout. They are all supplied ready for you to paint or stain. So the Painted Fire Surrounds come with a base coat, and the wood surrounds come smooth and ready to finish.

Bespoke Colour

We are the only UK wood fire surround manufacturer that can paint your fire surround ANY British Standard colour (BS). We would advise you get a colour pot from a local DIY (such as B&Q) or paint company and then simply supply us with the BS colour reference and we will do the rest.