Heat up Your Fireplace with a Stylish Mantel

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Simple and stylish mantel
Simple and stylish mantel (home-johngallino)

The fireplace is often the focal point of the living area of the home.  Draw more attention and heat up your fireplace with a stylish mantel.  Try a traditional wood carved mantel or rustic natural wood.  Install a classic stone mantel or a simple modern style.  Even a simple shelf is a stylish option.  Here are traditional, rustic and modern examples of mantels that are sure to lift your fireplace to greater appeal.

Beautiful traditional mantel
Beautiful traditional mantel (sharpening.biz)

Traditional fireplace mantels have a classic appeal and enhance the overall appearance of the fireplace.  Carved wood, stone or composite materials make up these stylish choices.  Classically lined or intricately carved mantels are the perfect piece for embracing the focal point of your room.

Carved wood mantel dresses up the fireplace
Carved wood mantel dresses up the fireplace (décor-denysecohen)
Stone mantel is architectural enhancement
Stone mantel is architectural enhancement (balmerstudios)
Beautiful details enhance this mantel
Beautiful details enhance this mantel (electricfireplacelogs)
Fireplace mantel
Fireplace mantel (archiexpo)
Painted wood mantel surrounds stone fireplace
Painted wood mantel surrounds stone fireplace (Pinterest)
Beautiful mantel contrasts this modern setting
Beautiful mantel contrasts this modern setting (invitinghome)
Classic mantel
Classic mantel (jazzyliving)
Beautiful traditional mantel
Beautiful traditional mantel (puresitejo)
Charming fireplace mantel
Charming fireplace mantel (apartmentlifestyle.net)

Rustic mantels have a charm that invites family and guests to gather around the fireplace on cool nights.  Natural woods are an appealing option for the rustic mantel.  The unique character of each wood species is highlighted and adds a touch of nature to the home.

Twisted juniper mantel
Twisted juniper mantel (littlebranchfarm)
Rustic mantel
Rustic mantel (HGTV)
Simple wood mantel enhances stone fireplace
Simple wood mantel enhances stone fireplace (hechlers)
Rustic wood mantel gives proportion to fireplace
Rustic wood mantel gives proportion to fireplace (decorbie)
Beautiful natural fireplace mantel
Beautiful natural fireplace mantel (Houzz)

Simple shelf mantels give a finished look to stone and brick fireplace surrounds.  Any additional embellishments can be added with a mantel display and artwork.

Rustic wood mantel
Rustic wood mantel (examsuites)
Simple shelf as mantel
Simple shelf as mantel (ambranews)

Modern mantels are sleek and simple for the most part.  This style integrates well into contemporary rooms and offers a finished look to the fireplace.

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Modern stone fireplace mantel
Modern stone fireplace mantel (mwbnote)
Simple fireplace mantel
Simple fireplace mantel (starlightdreamer.net)

Asymmetrical designs work well with shelving units that surround the fireplace.  This gives interest and balance to the fireplace area when there are several elements.  Overall, this is a very fresh and modern aesthetic.

Shelf fireplace mantel
Shelf fireplace mantel (livshome)
Asymmetrical fireplace mantel
Asymmetrical fireplace mantel (ambranews)
Beautiful wood tones highlight this fireplace mantel
Beautiful wood tones highlight this fireplace mantel (homeportfolio)

There are some fireplaces that just don’t require a mantel.  They stand out on their own and create quite a focal point for any room.

No mantel needed with this artisan fireplace
No mantel needed with this artisan fireplace (gahr.metalart)
No mantel needed with this artisan fireplace
No mantel needed with this artisan fireplace (gahr.metalart)

It’s that time of year again when we turn our thoughts to warm nights snuggled up next to the fire.  Turn up the heat in your home with a statement-worthy mantel.

 

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