Room Makeover with a Fireplace Mantel & Surround
A fireplace without a mantel and surround is like a cake without icing. Fortunately, if you have a “bare” fireplace, or just don’t like what’s there now, it’s very easy to make over a room by changing the fireplace mantel and surround. Here are some tips.
A mantel, which connects with the wall above the fireplace, serves not only as a shelf for photographs, flowers, statues, clocks and whatever else you want to show off, it also can lend a lovely design accent to the room.
It may surprise some people to know that a mantel doesn’t have to be built along with the fireplace. A very wide range of pre-made mantels are available that will perfectly accent an existing fireplace and the room in which the fireplace sits. Mantels are easy to install and fill a room with instant sophistication.
Whatever size and shape of fireplace you have, there are mantels that will complement it. Mantels on the market today span the gamut from slick and modern to old-fashioned and rustic. There are plenty of colors, textures and materials like metal, wood and stone to choose from.
The key with mantels (and surrounds, as we’ll see below) is finding a balance with your current décor and the fireplace itself. It’s not a bad idea to bring along a good photo of your fireplace when shopping for a mantel so you can get a visual idea of how different models might look when installed. Remember to take into account what you expect to be putting on the mantel, and select one with sufficient flat space.
A surround is the decorative product that goes on the wall beside and/or on top of a fireplace. Think of a surround as the frame around a photograph: by itself, the photograph is nice; with an appropriate frame, the photo takes on a new life.
Installing a surround is a great way to break up wall space and bring more personality into a room. Surrounds available today come in designs that range from minimalist to elaborate. Brick, wood, stone, granite, marble and many more actual or simulated surfaces are available, making it fun and easy to create a stunning effect.
In a smaller room, a surround might be nothing more than two handsome pillars beside the fireplace. For big rooms, surrounds can cover a large portion of the wall, creating a powerful ambience and focal point.
Like with mantels, surrounds should complement without being overpowering. When shopping for a fireplace surround, have a photo handy of your fireplace and some of the surrounding wall. Take some time to visualize the overall effect, and you’ll end up with something that’s a very beautiful and positive addition to your home.
In the Alpharetta, Ga., area, homeowners visit Chimney Solutions for a full selection of fireplace mantels and surrounds as well as the fireplaces themselves and all types of hearth accessories. Stop in and see us at 1155 McFarland 400 Drive, or reach us by phone with any questions at (770) 255-1300.