Fireplace mantels helps bring out the best of your fireplace. Make sure you integrate it well into the rest of your home.
In one of our homes we had to pull out the heating as it was costing us just way too much and put in a wood fire. I did have some environmental concerns but in the end I was left with few other and the wood fire was the best option.
In the process of puling it out I decided that I could build my own mantel. It ended up being very rustic and was a feature that increased the value of the house when we sold it.
But like all things as structurally important as this, there were a lot of things to take into account and I thought that you may be interested in just a few.
Choosing Fireplace Mantels
Firstly you need to ask: Do I even need a mantel?
It might be the best for you to let the fireplace speak for itself if you have a highly unique fireplace.
Something that presents itself as being more as background can also go without a mantel. Such are often extremely simple fireplaces.
To Measuring Or Not
Although it seems like such a straight forward thing to do, measuring for fireplace mantels can be a little more tricky than you might first think. You need to take fire codes into account.
For example, the height of the opening is the distance from the top of the fireplace to the hearth plus the health code clearance.
Choosing Your Materials
Whilst popular choices including wood, stone and marble are very attractive you need to be sure that they are still attractive in your home. You don’t want to spoil all that work and expense only to have the thing look awful. As a rule of thumb you should try to choose materials that are made from materials similar to the rest of your home.
Your Personal Touch, Customized Finish and Designs
If you would like to add your own personal touch, there are sellers that will have mantels that aren’t completely finished. This allow you to customers however you want. But be careful, it becomes expensive if you can’t incorporate your mistake into the design and they stand out like a sore thumb.
Matching the Room’s Aesthetics
This is not the same as matching the materials of your home. You need to take into account the aesthetics of the room as much as possible.
Is the room light or dark. Is it modern or classic, roomy or cosy.
If your room is a designer room, then it makes sense to also have a very rich a designer mantel. If you have a very simple home, it doesn’t make sense to have a complex mantel mantel design.
Do you want a mantel with a lot of straight lines or a lot of curves and contours.
Again, look at the room around you to determine the overall style you are trying to blend in with.
Centerpiece or Background
Probably the most important tip is to decide if you want your mantel to be the center of attention in the room. If so, your want your colors and details to draw the attention of your visitors.
On the other hand, if you have other things in the room that you want to feature more prominently or you don’t plan on using the fireplace often, avoid a very eye-catching mantel.
So although choosing a mantel is largely a matter of personal taste, you should try to get opinions from a range of different people and experts before making your final choice. But remember it is something you have to live with so you must be happy with it.