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Stylish Mantel Design Ideas
Whether you're a lucky homeowner or a very lucky renter, and no matter whether the fireplace that's attached to it works or not, your mantel can be one of the most interesting and creative spaces of your entire home. Designing the perfect mantel is no easy task. And even if you do get it all just right, there's always the occasional update to content with to say nothing of the holidays. But in a lot of ways it's the fact that there are so many options that you're never really done that makes decorating the mantel so much fun. In fact, the range of options is so large that we've pulled together some of the most inspirational mantel designs that we could find, and we're sure that by the time you get to the end you'll agree that we've only scratched the surface.
To start us off, this fantastic, contemporary space turns its white fireplace into a pop of color through the daring and extensive use of an electrifying shade of blue.Continue to 2 of 59 below.
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Traditional Living Room Mantel With Gilded Mirror
This vignette uses a beautiful echoing of shapes from the large floor urns to the mantel which are repeated again in the mirror.Continue to 3 of 59 below.
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Pillar Candles Decorating a Mantel
The classic combination of natural elements like branches and candles is a beautiful and simple decor choice that works equally well during the holidays and throughout the year.Continue to 4 of 59 below.
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Faux Mantel With Candles
The mantel is one of the true hallmarks of classic architecture and, as this room, shows, when a room has such good bones, all it takes are a few candles to make it shine.Continue to 5 of 59 below.
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Rustic Brick Fireplace Mantel With Greenery
The rough hewn texture of this mantel is accentuated greatly by the ivy garland that seemingly grows along the top and down the right side. With the addition of just a few candles, this is another design that works for the holidays and all year long. The packed dirt floor and stones along the top of the mantel give the room an ancient and venerable feeling.Continue to 6 of 59 below.
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Floral Garland on a White Mantel
Spring is the time of year for big floral arrangements, lush greenery and weddings. This mantel, adorned with foliage and crowned with a striking array of white florals, is designed with all three in mind.Continue to 7 of 59 below.
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Mantel With Greenery and Taper Candles
Again we see the beautiful combination of soft candlelight and delicate foliage. The green of the vines pops against the warm neutral tones of the stone fireplace.Continue to 8 of 59 below.
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Oversized Mirror on a Traditional Fireplace
The mantel is one of the best places in your home for a large luxurious mirror. The brass framed piece in this room lends an elegant air to the entire space.Continue to 9 of 59 below.
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Garlands of Greenery Above a Fireplace
The mantel can be the perfect place to display collection of books, statues and other keepsakes. Look for ways to blend these seamlessly into your decorating scheme.Continue to 10 of 59 below.
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Stone Fireplace with Candles and Bay Leaf Wreath
Here the striking combination of foliage and candles is topped with a stunning wreath.Continue to 11 of 59 below.
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Classic Mantel With Metallic Votives
Pairing a boxwood wreath with candlelight can create a serene atmosphere throughout the year.Continue to 12 of 59 below.
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Modern Mantel With Yellow Vases
A modern mantel landscape with accessories in bright colors.Continue to 13 of 59 below.
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Marble Fireplace With Gold Mirror
This minimalist mantel space relies heavily on the architecture of the space accented only with a large brass mirror.Continue to 14 of 59 below.
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Marble and Wood Mantel
The chocolate brown wood tone of the mirror frame is a warm pop of color in this cool space.Continue to 15 of 59 below.
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Round Mirror Above a Fireplace
An array of candles can be an enchanting alternative to traditional log fires.Continue to 16 of 59 below.
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Built-in Mantel With Candles
A beautiful miniature built in fireplace with lit candles.Continue to 17 of 59 below.
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Traditional White Mantel With Tile Inlay
The minimal mantel display fits perfectly into this modern, neutral living room.Continue to 18 of 59 below.
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Glass Vases With Greenery on a Mantel
A stunning array of vases decorate the top of this stylish mantels.Continue to 19 of 59 below.
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Midcentury Modern Fireplace Mantel
A cozy family room with modern fireplace.Continue to 20 of 59 below.
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Modern Fireplace With Candlesticks
Bright metallic accessories warm up the cool facade of this mantel.Continue to 21 of 59 below.
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White Fireplace With Gold Votives
This beautifully designed fireplace mantel is decorated with candles in warm metallic holders.Continue to 22 of 59 below.
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Scandinavian Fireplace and Mantel
Extra firewood can serve as a decorative element in itself. This modern fireplace conveniently holds a space for storing extra wood which acts as a warming element in the space.Continue to 23 of 59 below.
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Black Mantel in a Neutral Living Room
Changing the color of your mantel can go a long way to determining the color story of your room when paired with other elements such as rugs or textiles.Continue to 24 of 59 below.
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Scandinavian Living Room With a White and Brick Fireplace
Even as a small, out of the way built in, your fireplace is still a significant part of your decor, from the brick inlay of the fireplace to the stack of well-loved books that decorate the mantel.Continue to 25 of 59 below.
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Sleek Fireplace With Built-in Wood Storage
Look for accessories for your mantel that have height and width to add drama to your design without taking up too much space.Continue to 26 of 59 below.
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Modern Black Fireplace
This modern, black fireplace creates a point of contrast that defines this otherwise monochromatic room.Continue to 27 of 59 below.
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White Painted Fireplace With Mantel
Another example of using the height and length of plants to create visual interest on a mantel.Continue to 28 of 59 below.
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Modern White Fireplace
The line of black, white and metallic vases that line this mantel both tie the space to the larger room while making it a visual focal point.Continue to 29 of 59 below.
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Antlers Above a Modern Fireplace
Not all of your mantel decor has to sit on your mantel. Hanging decorations on the wall over the can be just as effective. And if your fireplace doesn't have a mantel, it might be your only choice.Continue to 30 of 59 below.
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Modern Living Room With Enclosed Fireplace
Scandinavian design is the epitome of modern decor and there's nothing more modern than the stark beauty of this space complete with beautiful enclosed fireplace. The side alcove, loaded high with firewood, adds a touch of nature and a pop of warm color to the room.Continue to 31 of 59 below.
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A Classic Fireplace With Minimal Accessories
Classic fireplace architecture with a lovely contemporary twist.Continue to 32 of 59 below.
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Mantel With Oversized Gold Framed Mirror
This stunning living room is accented perfectly by a mantel with just a few small decorations.Continue to 33 of 59 below.
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Faux Fireplace With Candles
Who says that all of the fire in your fireplace has to stay on the inside. This beautiful array of candles across the mantel and in the hearth create a truly breathtaking display.Continue to 34 of 59 below.
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Simple Faux Fireplace
Candles can be a wonderful solution for bringing light and warmth to any faux fireplace.Continue to 35 of 59 below.
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Classic Mantel in an All-White Living Room
Perfect for spring, this room done all in white is highlighted by a traditional fireplace design topped by an ornate mirror.Continue to 36 of 59 below.
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Greek Key Mantel With Mirror
Designs in your mantel can be repeated throughout the room to create layers of pattern.Continue to 37 of 59 below.
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Black Framed Mirror Above a Small Fireplace
Playing with scale, like placing a large mirror over a small mantel can turn an ordinary room feature into an eye-catching centerpiece.Continue to 38 of 59 below.
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Rustic Red Brick and Navy Fireplace
Rustic highlights like this brick feature can add an unexpected twist to your mantel decor.Continue to 39 of 59 below.
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Florals and Greenery on a Classic Mantel
Another perfect springtime mantel with beautiful flowers.Continue to 40 of 59 below.
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Sculptural Mantel With Greenery
Use dramatic floral arrangements to add to the sculptured look of your mantel space.Continue to 41 of 59 below.
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Traditional Fireplace With Ornate White Mirror
The creeping ivy turns this fireplace into a true showstopper.Continue to 42 of 59 below.
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Classic Living Room With Warm Tones
This room, all in warm shades and bright metallics is ideal for showing off the detailed architecture of your traditional mantel.Continue to 43 of 59 below.
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Classic Built-in Fireplace
This gorgeous built-in fireplace takes classic style from the floor all the way to the ceiling.Continue to 44 of 59 below.
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Simple Faux Fireplace
Jus because you don't have a fireplace, it doesn't mean that you still can't enjoy beautiful mantel decor. With the right pieces you can create your own mantel to style and decorate. And best of all, no one has to chop any wood.Continue to 45 of 59 below.
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White Wash Fireplace With Greenery
Pretty in pink. This room uses the shade as a neutral, creating an eye-catching focal point with its colorful fireplace.Continue to 46 of 59 below.
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Marble Fireplace With China Accesories
Gorgeous, traditional china and an antique clock all enhance the nostalgic feel of this mantel.Continue to 47 of 59 below.
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Formal Living Room Mantel
Whether it's a celebration of spring or an extra touch of decor for the holidays, a garland is always a welcome note to accent any mantel space.Continue to 48 of 59 below.
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Classic Fireplace in a Formal Living Room
The wallpaper in this room is a perfect complement to the structure of the fireplace. When decorating your mantel, look at things from all sides to see how your mantel will interact with and support design elements elsewhere in the space.Continue to 49 of 59 below.
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White Brick Fireplace With Shiplap
Unexpected elements like brick or wood panelling are an excellent way to give traditional fireplace designs a new spin.Continue to 50 of 59 below.
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Simple White Brick Fireplace
A beautiful rustic show space.Continue to 51 of 59 below.
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White Brick Fireplace With Black Mantel
The brick pattern of this fireplace meshes well with the geometric patterns of the other patterned elements in the room.Continue to 52 of 59 below.
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White Marble Slab Fireplace
Marble is an iconic staple of home decor and there are few places where the stone is put to better use than in the mantel.Continue to 53 of 59 below.
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Blue & White Chinoiserie Vases on a Mantel
A row of vases and figures like those seen here are sure to interact beautifully with any fireplace boasting classic sculptural details.Continue to 54 of 59 below.
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Gray Fireplace With White Marble
Interesting colors, like this dark gray, can go a long way to bring interest to your fireplace, particularly when combined with other elements, like the marble seen here.Continue to 55 of 59 below.
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White Brick Fireplace With Round Mirror
This mantel combines natural influences and manufactured metallics for a balanced look that easily becomes the centerpiece of the space.Continue to 56 of 59 below.
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Traditional White Fireplace With Black Mantel
The warmth of the fire in this space is picked up by the warm wood and metallic tones found throughout the room. They give the space a warm look even when the fire's out.Continue to 57 of 59 below.
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Rustic Stone Fireplace Mantel
A line of candles mirrors the bright crackling fire in this rustic and rough-hewn fireplace.Continue to 58 of 59 below.
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Moody Gray Fireplace Mantel
This moody tableau mixes deep, rich color with hints of nature and an array of interesting statues to set the tone for a very interesting room.Continue to 59 of 59 below.
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Dramatic Living Room
Metallic busts with a global feel, a towering, manicured plant and sculpted details throughout the structure make this fireplace mantel an irresistible centerpiece for this well designed room.