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Get the Look: Classic Mantels

A classic mantel adds character to any fireplace

Written and produced by Julianne Hilmes
  • 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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  • 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.