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A classic mantel adds character to any fireplace

Written and produced by Julianne Hilmes
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  • Emily Minton Redfield

    Great White Mantel

    Blending seamlessly with the architectural details of the living room, a large white mantel is a great spot for displaying Chinese porcelain.

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  • Michael Garland

    Simply Striking

    A custom mantel in crisp white is striking as you enter the living room.

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  • Nick Johnson

    Dramatic Contrast

    A classic white mantel featuring dentil molding is a standout against luxurious brown walls.

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  • Emily Followill

    English Cottage

    Looking like it came out of an English cottage, a delightful little fireplace in the kitchen is charming against beadboard.

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  • Ron Blunt

    Traditional-Contemporary 

    An abstract painting by Maryanne Pollock is combined with a traditionally trimmed fireplace, creating a mix of modern and classic.

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  • John Bessler

    Map & Mantel

    Here, a beautiful custom mantel grounds a nautically themed living room.

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  • John Bessler

    Feminine Feel

    In the midst of a feminine space, a dainty mantel fits perfectly.

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  • John Granen

    Nicely Nestled

    A grand white mantel nestles perfectly between built-in shelves in this cozy living room.

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  • Gordon Beall

    Family Mantel

    An understated mantel in the master bedroom is a great place to display family photographs.

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  • Robert Brantley

    Cool Contrast

    Classic molding on the mantel is mimicked on the shelves; both are painted white as a contrast to the punchy pink walls.

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  • John Bessler and Jonny Valiant

    Equine Essence

    Providing a stark contrast to the neutral-themed equestrian palette, this sophisticated mantel is painted white.

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  • Robert Brantley

    Stately Two-Story

    A stately mantel anchors the living room and offers an intimate setting in a two-story space.

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  • Jonny Valiant and Joseph St. Pierre

    Bronze Age

    The elegant mantel surrounding this fireplace is painted in Sherwin Williams’s “Enduring Bronze.” 

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  • Fran Brennan

    Sleek & Chic

    The streamlined molding of this mantel pairs nicely with the living room’s sleek characteristics.

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  • John Bessler

    Timeless Taste

    A classic mantel looks timeless in this rustic space.

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  • Emily Followill

    Sturdy & Elegant

    A sturdy mantel supported by elegant cornices is painted white so as not to compete with the hand-blocked green striped wallpaper.

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  • Colleen Duffley

    Double Design

    The two-sided fireplace is framed by a simple, unobtrusive mantel, which makes both rooms more inviting.

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  • Tria Giovan

    Architectural Interest

    Dentil molding on the master bedroom fireplace adds a sense of intrigue in between simple bookshelves.

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  • Gordon Beall

    Simple Statement

    In the dining room, an appropriately sized mantel looks neat next to the colorful fireplace surround.

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  • Francesco Lagnese

    Gorgeous & Serene

    A gorgeous mantel with a white marble fireplace surround is fitting for the serene feel of the master bedroom.

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  • Gordon Beall

    Classic & Warm

    White floors offset the traditional mantel, which is painted a warm green in this circa-1906 home.

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  • Paul Dyer

    Tasteful Touch

    Classic architectural details on this mantel are painted white to pop against soft beige walls.

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  • Robert Brantley

    Handsome Patina

    Paneling the library and creating a handsome mantel is walnut-stained English pine. A limestone fireplace surround offers a cool contrast.

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  • Architectural Treasure

    If you’d like some more inspiration, tour this home brimming with classical architectural details.

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