The beautiful brick fireplace was a major focal point in this great room, but it lacked character without a defined mantel. The designers reclaimed a solid piece of red cedar to do the job and also add color and texture to the space.
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines updated this double-sided fireplace by painting the brick bright white and adding a modern wood mantel. The adjacent dining area features floating wood shelves and a chalkboard wall for a cafe-like atmosphere.
The white brick fireplace gets lots of rustic charm and textural interest from the unfinished wood mantel. In front of the window, a sheer curtain allows for privacy while still letting in natural light.
This renovated ranch home by Atlanta-based Renewal Design Build sports a modern take on the conventional fireplace mantel. The mantel, custom built by Timberland Cabinets, is a splurge, but the white accessories stand out and can be copied for any budget. A single sprig in a pretty vase saves money over a full bouquet of fresh flowers.
Wall art comes in all shapes and sizes, especially if it's a DIY project. This black-and-white piece is inspired by the pattern of an Ikea pillow and uses plywood and paint, by Allison Fannin of Two Thirty-Five Designs. Another affordable idea for a holiday mantel is to place extra ornaments in a glass jar. She also repainted the chair (an estate sale find) in front of the fireplace gold and recovered the cushion.
This asymmetrical mantel display has a lively vibe and message. You can find affordable letters at arts and crafts stores to create a word, such as "Joy," or phrase that's meaningful to you and paint the letters in a metallic or any color you wish. This room was designed by Julie Montgomery of Julie Montgomery Interiors as part of home makeovers for families by the nonprofit Dwell with Dignity Atlanta. The mantel previously held a mishmash of books and frames.
The Longs chipped off the old brick façade of the 1970s fireplace and designed a layered mantel with echoes of midcentury modern master architect Carlo Scarpa. Once a darkly paneled and carpeted room, the den now blends into the kitchen. Art supplies live high up here — they’re easily accessible by all but little hands.
Black and white art gives a modern twist to the mantel display over this fireplace. Painted white brick, potted hydrangeas and a woven firewood basket create a textural mix to add intrigue to the simple look of the space. A small gray hearth is perfect for catching ash and wood and protecting the hardwood floor below.