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Shopping for Fire Screens

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If you have a wood-burning fireplace, a functional fireplace screen is essential to keep the room from being showered with burning embers. But it also has an aesthetic role to play, as it will be front and center during fireside gatherings.

“The fireplace gets a lot of attention, so the fireplace screen should be gorgeous,” said Joy Moyler, an interior designer based in New Rochelle, N.Y. “It’s kind of like jewelry for the mantel.”

That doesn’t mean the screen has to be highly ornamental, Ms. Moyler said, just that it should be beautifully crafted. For a room that already has a lot of decoration, she often chooses a minimalist glass screen that almost disappears. “But if the room is a little simpler,” she said, “that’s when I like to use a more ornamental screen.”

Either way, it’s not the place to skimp on quality.

“Make sure it’s something you really love and enjoy,” Ms. Moyler said. “Because you’re going to be looking at it for a really long time.”

Iron screen with antiqued brass finish

$249 at Crate & Barrel: 800-967-6696 or crateandbarrel.com

Handcrafted oxidized or nickel-plated brass screen

$2,250 at Michael Aram: 646-395-6510 or michaelaram.com

Screen based on 19th-century design

From about $479 at eFireplaceStore: 800-203-1642 or efireplacestore.com

High-temperature glass screen with metal legs

$495 at Williams Sonoma: 877-812-6235 or williams-sonoma.com

Handmade reproduction folding iron screen

About $213 at 1stdibs: 1stdibs.com

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