Victorian fireplaces were initially made of marble or slate but later cast iron frames became popular and had colorful tile insets down either side and a decorative mantelshelf made of slate or pine.
Early Victorian fireplaces had floral patterns in the iron casting but by late Victorian times the iron fireplaces were plainer with simple lines.
Cheaper homes had mantels made of wood or slate and had them painted to look like marble in order to impress visiting guests.
Generally Victorian fireplaces reflected the style of the home, with grander houses having some very ornate and lovely fireplaces.
Furnishings and architecture during the Victorian era gradually changed and became Gothic Revival and this also influenced the style of fireplaces.