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Get the Look: Contemporary Mantels
Contemporary mantels are appealing for their simple, clean lines and unfussy style
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A geometric mantel has a cool, crisp look perfect for the simplified beach house living room.
Exuding warmth in the library, an elegant mantel gets a contemporary update with the addition of handsome leather panels above.
A Rookwood-tile fireplace original to the 1924 Spanish Colonial home, is topped with a clean-lined mantel.
Mix and Match
Mixing the stone fireplace surround with a traditional white mantel creates a contemporary look that is perfectly suited for this living room.
With birds flying overhead and ghosts shrieking underfoot, a simple white mantel is all that’s needed in this Halloween-themed room.
Bringing extra warmth to the sun porch is a two-sided gas fireplace with a barely-there mantel.
Sleek and Glamorous
The library in the 2012 Napa Valley Showhouse is nothing but glamorous. A sleek mantel in a French limestone finish is icing on the cake.
In a very colorful family room designed by Donald Schermerhorn, a thin, white mantel shelf breaks up an offset-stone fireplace surround.
Bathed in white, this elegant living room with its grand coffee table and antique chairs is also comfortably livable—just take a look at the subtle mantel or have a seat on the full sofa. “You need a bit of everything – high, low, beautiful, homely, grand, and always a little something to make you laugh,” says homeowner and designer Collette Van Den Thillart.
Beautiful and understated, this mantel not only looks good in the living room, but as a part of Healthy Home 2010 it’s also good for the environment. It was made locally from a felled walnut tree and finished with a natural lacquer derived from tree sap.
A whitewashed mantel gets a chic upgrade with the addition of mirrors above.
This cool blue space is punctuated with a casual white mantel and artsy accessories.
Pretty and Pristine
In a pristine living room, symmetry prevails; pairs of chairs center around a simple fireplace vignette.
A white mantel shelf perches atop a white marble fireplace surround in this eclectic bedroom.
Comfort is king in this family room. Simple, livable design doesn’t have to be boring, as witnessed by the octagonal mohair ottoman.
Tucked into an arched inglenook, a limestone fireplace lies out of the way.
A custom fireplace surround and mantel work effortlessly with the “Contessa Chinois” tiles from Walker Zanger. In front of the fireplace, a vintage bench reupholstered in a silver metallic snakeskin adds a bit of bling.
The panel above the unobtrusive fireplace surround conceals a TV.
Simple, clean lines on the mantel add to the airy, sophisticated look of this living room designed by Patricia Healing and Dan Barsanti for the 2010 Hampton Designer Showhouse.
Popping ever so subtly out of a terra-cotta colored wall is a thin sliver of black mantel.
The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]
This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.