If you’re stocking up on firewood for the winter, don’t forget about the tools you’ll need to tend the fire.
The best fireplace tools are both stylish and functional (like the Emma Fireplace Tool Set, $575 at Lekker Home).
Because the fireplace is usually the focal point of a room — and all the furniture is arranged around it — the accessories that go with it matter. Especially the fireplace tools, which not only need to look good, but are also used to tend the fire and clean up after.
“Nice fireplace tools are essential, but good ones are hard to find,” said Steven Johanknecht, a founding partner of the Los Angeles-based design firm Commune.
A great set of tools, Mr. Johanknecht said, “just finishes off the room, but too often it’s something that people don’t really consider.”
At Commune, “almost every residential project we do has a fireplace,” he said, and the firm’s designers have used a wide variety of tools for homes ranging in style from Tudor to midcentury modern. Sometimes they struggle to find just the right ones, so they have even designed a steel set of their own, with square handles and a bronze patina.
“We’re always looking for something that makes the fireplace special,” Mr. Johanknecht said, “but still allows the fire to be the star.”
Ferro and Fuoco Three-Piece Iron Fireplace Tools
Hand-forged iron tools available with wall mount
About $420 for the tools and $186 for the mount at AllModern: 844-860-9688 or allmodern.com
Henry Fireplace Tool Set
Hand-forged iron tool set with polished handles
$830 at Arteriors: 646-797-3620 or arteriorshome.com
George Nelson Fireplace Tool Set
Steel poker, shovel and brush with walnut handles
$345 at MoMA Design Store: 800-851-4509 or store.moma.org
Industrial Hearth Tool Set
Hand-forged iron tool set by Jefferson Mack
$325 at Restoration Hardware: 800-762-1005 or restorationhardware.com
Emma Fireplace Tool Set
Powder-coated steel set with beech or walnut handles by Emma Olbers for Eldvarm
From $575 at Lekker Home: 617-737-7307 or lekkerhome.com
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