For an ominous look, HGTV fan michellelouise22 placed a black raven and spray-painted tree branches at the center of her fireplace mantel to represent Edgar Allan Poe's poem, The Raven. She made the "nevermore" sign with vinyl letters, and the black candleholders and miniature pumpkins give an extra dark touch.
To get this look, look for mirrors with scrollwork or intricate details at yard sales, estate sales or antique stores, and hang it flush with the mantel. If the mirror is gold, silver, black or another color, you can paint the mirror and the mantel white, like this elegant fireplace by Atlanta-based Pop Custom Homes.
Cuddle up and relax fireside. This Craftsman-style fireplace sets the standard for cozy with distressed brown frame with white quartz. Freshly picked flowers and vintage accents bring out that rustic charm on the mantle while the cozy red and white fabric covered bench does the rest.
To save green on greenery, Atlanta designer Devon Garner says artificial palm stems are a great choice on a mantel because of their height. You only need a couple palms to make an impact. She pulled together a painting from a discount home decor store and urns priced at 50 percent at a furniture store for this rustic fireplace decor.
Even if you live in a warmer climate, you can still use your fireplace to spread Christmas cheer. Arrange assorted white candles in place of an actual fire to create a warm and welcoming ambiance when guests arrive. Tall white candles are a sleek and elegant alternative to traditional firewood.
This modern living groom fireplace mantel features the Scotiabank Coat of Arms, a design that includes the words "Strength, Integrity, Service." The antiqued look of the piece adds a vintage vibe to the space's overall decor.
A stunning fireplace surround draws you into this elegant sitting room, where a gray velvet chaise invites you to linger. A traditional oil painting and a pair of dark red vases add subtle color to the room's cool color palette.
A shabby-chic fireplace mantel is repurposed as shelf in this soothing blue and white bedroom. The mantel is lined with flowers and various accessories with a clock hanging above. On the bed, blue ruffled pillows complement the crisp white bedding.
A dramatic mantel soars above the fireplace in this traditional living room. Built-in bookshelves complement the mantel's design and proudly display the family's treasures. Accents of blue subtly unify the neutral space.
Could this den be any cozier? We think not! Custom built-ins flank the fireplace, giving the owners space for firewood on one side and a TV on the other. An oil painting of the family dog feels right at home above the mantel.
Ornately carved wood makes this Mexican mantelpiece (found at a salvage store in Dallas) the focal point of a colorful room. Simple travertine tile and hearth keep the focus on the fireplace, and candles in one dramatic shade of red echo accents around the room.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, Sarah tied in the blue and green tones of her client's favorite color, turquoise, in the living room's decor. Bright green cymbidium orchids are a bright contrast against the striped turquoise wallpaper of the fireplace surround. Sarah also added gray and dark blue flower vases and white photo frames to balance the wallpaper's bright, saturated hue.