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Get the Look: Rustic Mantels

A look at some of the coolest, and certainly coziest, mantels

Written and produced by Julianne Hilmes
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  • Werner Straube

    Rustic mantels are delightful. They’re simple and inherently natural. Whether made from salvaged timber or 18th-century stone, they just have a certain appeal. So click through to have a look at some of the coolest, and certainly coziest, mantels.

    Cabin Cool

    The ultimate cabin fireplace was made with stones gathered from nearby farms; salvaged timber makes an excellent mantel. 

     

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  • Gordon Beall

    Fireplace Focus

    An 18th-century limestone fireplace surround with a soaring overmantel is the focal point of this family room.

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  • Fran Brennan

    Cool Pine

    From the floor, to the mantel and cabinetry to the ceiling, bleached pine dominates this room creating a cool, rustic vibe.

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  • John Granen and John Merkl

    Natural Beauty

    A thick stone mantel in the cozy great room pays homage to the natural world outside the 2012 Napa Valley Showhouse. 

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  • Michael Partenio

    Drift Away

    Bearing a resemblance to driftwood and adding to the nautical theme in this living room is the worn wood mantel. 

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  • Sarah Dorio

    Urban Feel

    Keeping with the “cityscape” feel of the living room, is an exposed brick fireplace with a limestone mantel.

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  • Gordon Beall

    Pleasant and Warm

    Pleasantly imperfect finishing on the wooden mantel adds to the warm charm of this living room.

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  • Bonnie Maharam

    Seen and Heard

    In this dining room, everything tells a story (the hand-painted mural was a gift from the Chinese government). Just imagine how many gatherings the old stone mantel has witnessed.

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  • John Bessler

    Cheerful and Warm

    An informal wooden mantel settles into a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace. Says the homeowner, “I wanted a fireplace that exudes warmth even when it’s not lit.”

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  • John Bessler and Peter Rymwid

    Rustic Retreat

    “The gentlemen’s retreat is a refined and rustic room with an alluring sense of mystery and intrigue,” say this room’s designers. Adding to that intrigue is the carved wooden mantel.

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  • Dominique Vorillon

    Infused With Charm

    Gold accents infuse the dining room with elegance while a whitewashed mantel and doors add rustic charm.

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    Past and Present

    Exposed floor joists and a brick fireplace surround meet a pleasant green wall and mantel for the happy combination of past and present in this Cape Cod summer house.

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  • Jonny Valiant and Joseph St. Pierre

    Cheerful Mountain Retreat

    Antlers adorning the mantel of a fieldstone fireplace are a reminder that you are in a mountain retreat. The custom-designed fireplace warms up the already cheery sunroom. 

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  • Virginia MacDonald

    Custom Cool

    Knotted white pine in a custom tint has a cool vintage appeal. 

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  • Gordon Beall

    Georgetown Gem

    Here, an 18th-century style fireplace mantel with elegant curves is fitting for the 1911 Georgetown home. 

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  • John Bessler and Jonny Valiant

    Soaring Heights

    A soaring, offset-stone fireplace surround is tempered by a warm wooden mantel. 

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    Beautiful Balance

    On a cool Chilton stone fireplace, a custom mantel adds weight and scale.

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  • Dominique Vorillon

    Elemental Inspiration

    Keeping nighttime chill at bay is a loggia fireplace made of stone and wood—elements that inspired the beach house palette.

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  • Gordon Beall

    Warm Wood

    Providing a contrast to the taupe toile walls in the family room is a wood mantel in a dark stain. 

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  • Werner Straube

    Scandinavian Style

    Although the great room in a new addition utilizes Scandinavian design, it keeps in line with the rest of the Georgian-style house—especially the stone fireplace surround, which mimics those found in the older rooms. 

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  • Emily Followill

    Cottage Casual

    In the Blue Ridge Mountains, cottage style blends comfortably with the wooded mountain setting. A stone fireplace stands out against a wooden background. “The wood walls and wood ceilings give warmth and texture to the rooms and add to the casualness of the home,” says interior designer June Price. 

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