Your fireplace is the center stage of your living room. With all eyes on it, you want it to make a great first impression. Something you can do to spruce things up is upgrading your fireplace mantel. The standard white ledge isn’t going to cut it anymore. You want something that’s going to hold up your family pictures or frame that one-of-a-kind piece you won at the art auction.
We’ve taken the liberty of presenting you with a number of new ideas you can use to reinvent your mantel. Revamping this important piece can create the impression that your entire living room got a makeover. We’ve separated the various fireplace mantels into categories (gas fireplace mantel styles, wooden fireplace mantel designs and gas fireplace mantel designs) and then labeled the different types for you.
Here are 10 fireplace mantels Los Angeles homeowners will love that are offered by one of our favorite suppliers, Napoleon Fireplaces:
Gas Fireplace Mantel Styles
If you have a gas fireplace, these are the mantels for you. Gas fireplaces tend to have a more traditional shape and structure, and we tried to pick fireplace mantel styles that mirrored the atmosphere that those structures bring to your living room.
1. Bonaparte Style Fireplace Mantel
The Bonaparte fireplace mantel creates an unassuming frame for your fireplace. This is a mantel that emphasizes the fireplace and warmth it brings to the room. The mantel is just the humble window through which you can gaze into the flames.
2. Princess Style Fireplace Mantel
The Princess fireplace mantel is similar to the Bonaparte in that it has a slender frame, but the former allows for some subtle, tasteful decorative carvings. Whereas the Bonaparte might suggest that your home is a humble cottage in the woods, the Princess says that you have a classy home in the suburbs – and maybe you host book club in your living room on Thursdays.
3. Imperial Style Fireplace Mantel
The Imperial fireplace mantel has a broader frame that creates the impression that your fireplace is large and welcoming. Its simple lines have a cleaner, more modern feel. You might select the Imperial style fireplace if you also value home décor that stresses the contrast of white space in your home or the dangerous allure of asymmetry in your furniture design.
Electric Fireplace Mantels
If you have an electric fireplace, then you know that these can sometimes take on a much different shape than your typical wood-burning or gas fireplaces. The mantels that we’ve selected are unique to these fireplaces. Here are a few that we though you might like.
1. The Bailey Style Fireplace Mantel
The Bailey fireplace mantel has a more traditional shape that might convince your guests at first glance that you have a wood-burning or gas fireplace. It’s dark wooden frame boxes your electric fireplace with carved decorations that have an Antebellum sort of air.
2. The Whitney Style Fireplace Mantel
The Whitney fireplace mantel has a much more modern design than its predecessor. Not only is the Whitney stylish, with its smoky-colored wood and perfect symmetry, but it is also functional. On either side of your fireplace, you’ll have two cabinets you can use for extra storage.
3. The Anya Style Fireplace Mantel
The Anya fireplace mantel has a more industrial feel than any of the other fireplace mantel styles we’ve listed previously. It has a sleek, black-painted metal frame that lets the fire speak for itself. The Anya is a great accent piece or it can fit right in if your living room furniture is modeled after the shabby chic style.
Wooden Fireplace Mantel Designs
Not to be confused with wood-burning fireplace mantel designs (which are very similar to the gas fireplace mantel designs we suggested), these designs are for wooden mantels, as opposed to marbles mantels. Here are a few ideas you can use to revamp your traditionally colored fireplace mantel.
1. Black-painted Wooden Fireplace Mantel
A black-painted wooden fireplace mantel would go great with a fireplace that has been designed with light or gray stone or brick. The black will stand out and almost underline the artwork sitting upon or hanging above it.
2. Natural Wooden Fireplace Mantel
There’s an old saying in the South: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s kind of how we feel about wood’s natural color. If you’re trying for an industrial or shabby chic look, this is the fireplace mantel style for you.
3. Espresso-stained Wooden Fireplace Mantel
Espresso-stained wooden fireplace mantels can give your living room the makeover it deserves without sacrificing the classic, inviting look you’re trying to create in your home. An espresso-stained mantel would go well with a white or beige stone fireplace.
4. Pewter-stained Wooden Fireplace Mantel
A pewter-stained wooden fireplace mantel can give your home a little edge: A gray-colored mantel isn’t something you usually see on fireplaces. It still manages to look classy and it can make your fireplace stand out from your neighbors’.
If you’re interested in any of the fireplace mantels you’ve read about in this article, please reach out to us. We service all cities within the Greater Los Angeles area, including Bel Air, Marina Del Rey, Sherman Oaks, and Huntington Park. We’d be so happy to help you redesign your fireplace to be the welcoming centerpiece of your living room.