If you look up hearths in the dictionary, it actually says “the floor of a fireplace.” But it’s so much more. For one thing, it protects you, your family and your home from embers and sparks that may pop out of your fireplace. It’s also an area where you can store fireplace accessories. Whether it’s a 5-piece fireplace tool set, or a rack for firewood, keeping them on the hearth helps you avoid scratching your hardwood floors.

There are countless different materials that a hearth can be made from: granite, tile, slate, limestone, and more. Certain materials work better with certain kinds of fireplaces. You might want to do a little research to see which go best with one another. You also want to make sure the design of your fireplace and the design of your hearth fits together. Overall, the right hearth can really set the tone of the overall beauty of your fireplace.