Summer makes the best time for fireplace improvements, as work on your hearth won’t interfere with the use of your fireplace. If you have been considering upgrading the look of your fireplace — and really your living space — now is the time for a new fireplace mantel.
Perhaps no other element of your fireplace sets the tone for the design like the mantel. A mantel serves as a statement for your fireplace and your living space. An outdated mantel can age your home, while a new mantel that fits with your home décor style can establish a focal point in your home that helps to create a cohesive design style.
When it comes to choosing the mantel that is right for your hearth, you will find a bevy of options. While that might seem overwhelming, all of those choices mean you are sure to find a mantel that fits with your design vision.
Some of the choices you will have to make regarding your mantel include:
The size of your mantel will depend on the size of your fireplace and the size of your living space. A mantel that’s too large can overwhelm your heart and your home, while one that is too small can seem dwarfed by its surroundings. That said, within a range that’s appropriate for your hearth and home, you can choose a larger mantel that serves as a statement piece or a smaller mantel that blends seamlessly into the room.
The material you choose for your hearth can make a big impact on your home’s interior design. A sleek metal or polished wood mantel lends to modern décor, while wood mantels are traditional. A rough wood or stone mantel can make any home feel rustic. The way the mantel material contrasts with the fireplace surround also can have an impact; stone fireplaces with wood mantels are common in the arts and crafts style, while tile with wood is common in Victorian homes.
Many people think of the mantel as the shelf that tops that fireplace, but mantels can be more. Many mantels surround the firebox on three sides. If your hearth extends beyond your wall already, you might stick with a simple shelf mantel. If your fireplace sits flush with the wall, a mantel surround can add depth and texture to the hearth.
If you opt for a shelf mantel, you can stick with a sleek, floating design, or you can add fireplace supports to enhance the look. Corbels are small supports that sit on the mantel shelf, add a simple design element. Columns can add an elegant, traditional look.
If you prefer a more ornate, dramatic look, you might opt for additional detailing to your mantel. Carved images, wood appliques or dentil detailing can add interest to your mantel and make it stand out.
Finding the Right Mantel
If you are ready to upgrade the look of your hearth with a new mantel, FireSide Hearth & Home can help! We carry a lineup of mantels that can dress up your fireplace and enhance your home’s style. Stop by one of our showrooms or visit our website to see our beautiful mantel options.