This collection of fireplace mantels will keep you warm, cozy, and inspired—even on the chilliest days.
In the South, we love a well-styled and accessorized fireplace mantle. The more layers, the prettier the finished product. One of our favorite mantel decorating ideas is to layer varying sizes of framed or unframed art decoratively on the mantle. You don't always have to hang. If you do, don't hang frames too high. Just a few inches above the mantel is the ideal height. Another fireplace mantel decorating tip is to hang numerous sizes and shapes of mirrors instead of just one. There are so many seasonal and festive fireplace mantel ideas that you can try out too. We have mantel decorating ideas for Christmas while many of our fall decorating ideas also involve the mantel. Whatever you do, don’t neglect your outdoor fireplace. Your outdoor porch mantel deserves some love too.
Comforting Fireplace Mantels
When there's a chill in the air, nothing beats the warm and comforting glow of a blazing fireplace. These cozy mantels will keep you warm all season long.
Local artwork is a meaningful accessory. A locally painted scene of Florida live oaks hangs above this family room’s cast-stone fireplace.
Antique Fireplace Mantel
The distressed finish on this 19th-century relic lends historic character to the new wood burning fireplace.
Dogtrot Hallway Fireplace
This fireplace is located in the central hall of a dogtrot home. A painting by South Carolina artist Linda Rorer sits atop the reclaimed cherry mantel.
Comfortable and formal collide in this vibrant living room. A traditional mantel juxtaposes the whimsical decor.
Asymmetrical arrangements can be intimidating, but formal symmetry is easy to pull off and adds a calm balance to a room. The simple arrangement above this fireplace is clean and elegant.
Family Room Fireplace
Nestled in the center of bright white walls, the dark fireplace surround draws the eye. A thin coffee table ensures the view to the fireplace is unobstructed.
Focal Point Fireplace
A white brick fireplace provides the perfect backdrop for cheery pops of color. Though the seating faces away from the fireplace, it still commands attention as the focal point of the space.
Lake House Fireplace
Richly hued walls complement the stone fireplace. Comfortable seating makes for an inviting spot to enjoy the fire.
A neutral fireplace plays well with bold-patterned upholstery. Sconces above the mantel provide elegant symmetry.
When not in use, this fireplace provides additional seating to accommodate a crowd. The deep fireplace hearth is outfitted with custom cushions for seating in a pinch.
Light Flooded Fireplace
A large clerestory window above the dark fireplace floods the room with natural light.
Keeping Room Fireplace
This fireplace is located off the kitchen in the keeping room. It provides a comfortable place for guests to gather out of the hustle and bustle of the kitchen.
Authentic Gas Fireplace
A ventless gas fireplace has an authentic feel with an Eldorado fireplace surround and a wood mantel. Instead of one large painting above the mantel, a grouping of framed and unframed pieces creates an eclectic display.
Guest Suite Fireplace
A neutral fireplace allows bright accessories to really pop when placed on the mantel.
An inexpensive honeycomb mirror hung over the mantle dresses up this fireplace with unique style.
Rustic & Simple Fireplace
A rustic mantel gives weight to the simple, white fireplace. A TV is mounted above, making this a popular spot.
Fireplace with Unexpectecd Materials
A stone chimney is beautiful, but it’s also expected. The natural horizontal wood paneling around this fireplace ties it together with the built-ins flanking the hearth.
Great Room Fireplace
This living area contains leather swivel chairs that can be rotated to face the kitchen or the fireplace. A TV is mounted above the mantel giving this room laid-back appeal.
Fireplace Collectible Display
Above the mantel, this homeowner displays an ever-changing arrangement of artwork and accessories. An avid flea market and antique store shopper, as he finds new collectibles, he likes to bring them in as a quick way to change up the look.
Deep archways and book niches lend a European-inspired design. Niches on either side of the mantel add character and unique storage.
Neutral Elegant Mantel
A stately mantel is crowned with a commanding landscape that adds additional warmth to the space.
This raised fireplace allows for wood storage beneath. The brick hearth meets the coffered ceiling and creates a striking structural feature.
A stacked fieldstone fireplace takes center stage in this family room. Rather than just a sheer wall of stone, the exposed chimney is designed with a central recess for artwork, along with tapered edges on either side, to keep it from appearing too overpowering. Sconces mounted directly to the stone are an attractive way to shed plenty of light on the antique timber mantel.
A rustic wood mantel gives a lodge look to this room. Candles and lanterns add to the atmosphere.