Choosing A Fireplace Mantel For Your House
A fireplace mantel is a substantial part of the whole fireplace setup of a home. Without the fireplace mantel, there wouldn’t be much to be excited about a fireplace. Whether redoing a room or building a new home, you may find yourself in the market for a new fireplace mantel. Here are some tips that will help you choose the right type of mantel for your home. One of the most common mistakes made when buying a fireplace mantel is a failure to measure the fireplace in advance. The fact is that fireplaces come in many different heights and widths. While some people have the ability to take a good look at a mantel and know whether or not it is the right size, most of us do not possess that gift. Save yourself some time and frustration; measure the fireplace, including the dimensions of the hearth. This will help you to focus on fireplace mantels that are the right proportion for your fireplace.
The main rule of thumb to keep in mind is that the fireplace mantle must work with the other architectural elements in the room as well as connect with the style of furnishings in the space. Installing a small and relatively plain mantle when the room includes elements like chair railing or ornate baseboards would not be a good idea. At the same time, a mantle featuring carved bunches of cherries would look out of place in a contemporary room. Go for mantles that will enhance what you have going on, not cause the room to seem out of balance.