A fireplace very often becomes the centrepiece of the room it inhabits. Not only do the flames command attention, but the mantel itself frames the fire and allows pictures and other decorations to be easily displayed. A mantel is a great way to jazz up a simple fireplace. But there are some factors to consider when it comes to choosing the right one. In this article, we go over some of the top tips for choosing a fireplace mantel.
A fireplace mantel can be simple and affordable or it can be extremely ornate and expensive. Knowing how much you’re willing to spend will play a large role in the type of mantel you ultimately decide upon. Factors such as the material the mantel is made of, the detail of the design and its size will determine how much it will cost. Once you decide on how much you’re willing to spend your choice will become easier.
Choosing an appropriate sized mantel that works with both the fireplace and the room, in general, is an important consideration. Finding the right balance will allow the fireplace to become a focal point without overwhelming the entire room. Make sure to take into account the size of the room, the mantel and the fireplace itself to get the best balance possible.
Knowing the size of your fireplace and firebox will be important when it comes time to choose an appropriate mantel. Whether or not you have a hearth will also play a role in the size of the mantel that works best. Fireplace facings are another thing to keep in mind when shopping for mantels. Oddly shaped fireboxes may require a custom made mantel to ensure things look natural.
Mantels can be made of a wide variety of materials. Most mantels these days are composed of wood because it’s cheap and easy to work with. However, you can also get mantels made of stone, marble and a number of other materials. Take into account the furnishings and design of the rest of the room to allow you to choose something that’s appropriate.