If you would like
to bring more attention to your fireplace as an architectural feature
of your home, consider installing a fireplace mantel.
Fireplace mantels cover the most important sides of a fireplace,
the mantel, or the portion on top of the fireplace and the sidings
to the right and left of the fireplace. Complete fireplace
mantels are coordinated to maximize their visual impact in a
Fireplace mantels are available in several eye-catching styles. The
facings on the mantels and sides might include floral swags with
classical scrolls “supporting” the mantelpiece. If
you enjoy the ocean, you might enjoy a stylized shell decoration
front and center beneath the mantelpiece with complimentary shell
designs on the sides. Regardless of the style that you choose,
your room will have a completely different appearance after installing
your complete fireplace mantel.
Fireplace mantels are available in different sizes to meet the
sizes of today’s fireplaces. You will want to make
sure that you have enough mantel space to display all of your family
treasures if you like using your mantel pieces for this very important
You can purchase your complete fireplace mantel ready to be finished
and installed. After installation, you will have a new atmosphere
in your home.
Full Surround fireplace mantels
Full Surround fireplace mantels are a structure that completely
surround the fireplace and can be as small or big as you would
like. Full surround took on a new meaning in the 5th century, when
builders would construct massive full surround fireplace mantels,
the widest being 30 feet, with the flues reaching to a very high
For hundreds of years, fireplace mantels have been an integral
architectural piece that fits above a fireplace. The mantel is
an ornamental facing around a fireplace; also called mantelpiece.
In medieval times, it was built over a fireplace to catch the smoke,
and at a later date, to the decorative framework, often carried
up to the ceiling. For many centuries, mantels were the most ornamental
and artistic piece of a room, but since fireplaces have grown smaller
and modern methods of heating have been introduced, its artistic,
as well as its practicality has grown less.