Chalkboards can hang over the mantel or, in this case, stand in for it entirely! This clever faux mantel wall hanging from designer Brian Patrick Flynn is a smart solution for apartment dwellers or renters.
No mantel, no problem! If your home doesn't have a hearth, fake it with this DIY project from Marian Parsons. Customize your homemade mantel with colorful paint and pretty knobs or hooks for stockings.
Measure board, evenly spacing desired number of hooks or knobs to hold three to six stockings. Mark each spot with pencil. Drill pilot holes in pencil marks and insert knobs. Hang on nails secured in studs or screws and anchors. Always use caution and wear safety glasses when working with power tools. Tip: Use knobs with a flat screw backing so shelf will hang flat against wall.
As seen on HGTV's hit show, Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna have turned this mundane master into a magnificent masterpiece. A new coat of paint provided the base color for an elegant, neutral color palette. Windows in the corner of the room let in plenty of natural light, making that corner of the space the perfect place for a reading nook. A faux mantel in the center of the room creates a focal point and adds a smidge of rustic charm to the space, tying this design into the rest of the home.
Large windows let in sunlight to brighten and highlight this sophisticated living room. A tufted leather armchair joins a pair of neutral sofas to create comfortable seating around an octagonal coffee table. Mirrored built in bookshelf and wood cabinets frame the fireplace with faux column surround and wood mantel.
As seen on HGTV’s Property Brothers, the focal point of this bright yet cozy living room is a brick fireplace with a white faux finish. The wood-and-metal coffee table and acacia wood flooring balance the more feminine, floral window treatments. Jonathan and Drew had the rose-colored mirror (a family heirloom of the homeowners) custom framed for the mantel.
Stylish and cozy, this living room fireplace features a white, marbled surround with a painted black interior. A faux fur stool provides close seating to keep nice and warm, and a colorful canvas above the mantel livens up the space.
Vintage items feel traditional, and Christmas is definitely a time to celebrate tradition. But instead of spending a fortune scouring flea markets or estate sales for goodies with old-fashioned holiday charm, consider creating your own DIY faux "mercury glass" votives for the mantel.
"Mix and match your decor to create a fresh and unique holiday mantel," Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room says. "Pretty faux or fresh greenery can be paired with candlesticks, glass balls and artificial fruit for a lush and festive look."