If the fireplace is the centerpiece of the home, the mantel acts as one’s personal signature; it’s a frame to the masterpiece, so to speak.
For centuries, fireplace mantels were intended to show off one’s worldly goods and objects of interest, providing a kind of introduction to the intimate world of one’s home and hearth.
Today, mantels act as extensions of the overall fireplace architecture, a way to implement both household style and simple convenience.
Stone, carved Art Nouveau scrollwork, and various wood and industrial elements are just a few transformative mantel design themes. Many people position framed prints and artwork above their mantels, while others incorporate entertainment systems. Certain mantels can also accommodate seating arrangements, allowing you and your loved ones to bask in comfort side by side in the firelight.
We may no longer depend on fire as our sole source of light and warmth, but is there anything more welcoming on a cold winter night? Whether your tastes align with edgy stone or elegant Edwardian marble, fireplace mantels add old world nuance to a new world accoutrement.