How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

From books to logs and jars to flowers there are so many ways to decorate an old fireplace mantel in your home.  “Warm yourself” with this gallery of inspiration and consider how to add a touch of old world charm with your own reclaimed mantel!  

I love fireplaces.  Absolutely love them.  Every home we have renovated I have added a fireplace to.  Even our 130 year old Victorian didn’t have one, so I added it.  Read about it here.  The flicker of flames dancing on a dark wall represent warmth and invite one to pull up a chair and relax.  I can almost hear the whispers of an old mantel with chipped paint and peeling plaster and wonder about the tales it could tell.  I love fireplaces.

For those of you following along with our French Country Cottage fixer upper adventures, then you remember when we found our 8ft by 5ft antique mirror (if you missed How to Decorate with Large Mirrors read it here!)?  Well another treasure that I found on that trip was this gorgeous antique fireplace mantel.  I wasn’t even sure exactly how I would use it,  but it was too beautiful to pass up.

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How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

Here I am at work!

So it got me thinking – how to decorate with fireplace mantels?  Let’s scroll through a gallery of ideas and maybe you will be inspired to find one of your own!!

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

Replace an Existing Mantel

Certainly not the least common use of a reclaimed fireplace mantel is to simply replace an existing mantel.

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

French Country Cottage

Courtney at French Country Cottage has so many beautiful pictures to share, but this fireplace is a good representation of what you will find.  She and her husband removed the original mantel and reclaimed this one that you see here.  Definitely in need of some fixer upper love.

Some white milk paint later – check out the after photo!

How to Decorate with Fireplace MantelsFrench Country Cottage

Gorgeous!!  Absolutely love the white plaster against that old brick.  I bet Santa couldn’t wait to come down that chimney.

 

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Our mantel is not quite ready for a final reveal (I’m so excited!!), but we tore apart a fireplace mantel kit that came with the electric firebox I found on Facebook marketplace, and I build the “new” mantel into it.  I cannot wait to show you the final product!

 

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

Wall Mounted with Faux Surround

This is a great idea for those who want to replicate the look of  a fireplace but do not have the space for an actual firebox.

 

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

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This homeowner wanted a fireplace in the dining room, but clearly didn’t have the space for a firebox.  Here it looks like they mounted it to the wall and added pressed tin to the inside.  A beautiful touch to this room.  And that mirror?!  Instant class.

 

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

 Welch House 1900

If this doesn’t inspire you to find an old fireplace mantel, then I don’t know what will.  See that wall ahead?  Larissa Jenkins at  Welch House 1900 turned that wall into the stunning vignette you see below.

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 Welch House 1900

#fireplace goals for sure.  They absolutely nailed this project.  Read about this incredible transformation here!

 

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

Follow the Yellow Brick Home

This fireplace by Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home appears to have decorative tiles inside with a cast iron cover in front.  Notice how they brought the tile out onto the floor to create a hearth?  Excellent idea and an easy DIY!

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

Wall Frame

Wall frame means that the mantel is literally mounted to the wall like a frame.  There is no fireplace insert nor is there an illusion of one.  It simply acts to define the space for a particular vignette.

 

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

Burlap Roses Revivals

I love the way this decorator chose to highlight her blue glass bottles.  Perfect place to put an old trunk or crate!

 

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

Shabby Soul

This blog post is actually about how to age wood.  See that mantel?  Most of that is new wood!  Click on Shabby Soul to learn how to create your own “antique” fire place mantel!

 

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

Three Sons Farmhouse

You will not be disappointed if you click to the instagram account of Three Sons Farmhouse.  This lovely antique fireplace mantel filled with books is just one corner of their beautiful home.

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

Three Sons Farmhouse

And another shot.  I could read in that corner all day!

 

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Antique Farmhouse

This mantel almost acts like a side table.  If you have a smaller fireplace mantel this can actually work very well and adds more visual interest than a standard console table.

 

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

Chateau Chic

I love the use of vintage cutting boards here.  It could also look cute to mount them on the wall inside the mantel.  Have an empty wall in your kitchen?

 

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

French Country Cottage

Again, from Courtney’s home!  You do not need a surround or a hearth to make a statement.  This is simply a chippy white antique fireplace mantel anchored to the wall and beautifully staged.  Statement made.

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

Reface Existing Brick

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

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The point here is that if you already have a brick fireplace, then it is not difficult to simply reface the brick with a reclaimed or new mantel.  It adds a lot of visual appeal to an otherwise outdated appearance.

 

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

The Traditional Home

This can be done on a smaller scale or a larger scale.  And look at that cute nook in the brick for logs? I love how the white mantel brightens up the room.

 

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

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Here is an example of an existing fireplace that would be a perfect candidate for refacing with a fireplace mantel.  It would immediately highlight the fireplace.  The 3 brick supports under the current mantel could actually be knocked off and hidden with decor or in this case, personally, I would put an old barn beam or a faux beam there.  This room is really asking for one!

 

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

Log Storage

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

The City Farmhouse

This decorator cut a bunch of logs and glued the ends to the wall within the mantel.

 

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

Start a Home Decor

Or just create very short stacks!

 

How to Decorate with Fireplace Mantels

Jenna Burger Design

This is a tutorial on how to actually create a fireplace screen with the appearance of log storage.  I am planning on doing this to ours.  Love this idea!

I hope you have found some design inspiration, and if you aren’t sure where to find an antique mantel then look up used furniture stores in your area or be sure to check out Facebook marketplace.  Happy decorating!!

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