Although a fireplace mantle used to have a utilitarian purpose, it now serves more as a decorative element of a room than anything else. But because the fireplace is probably one of the focal points of the room, it’s important to get the mantle design just right for the space. If you’re contemplating fireplace mantles, here are a few modern designs that you might consider.
Metal fireplace mantles
Most people don’t think of welded metal when they consider what material they should fashion fireplace mantles from. But they should. Metal can add an eye-catching modern touch that looks both sleek and clean in your space.
Consider modern craftsman fireplace mantles
Modern craftsman design never goes out of style and if you’re in the market for a new fireplace mantle you should consider this type of mantle. This design aesthetic is marked by heavy use of wood and stone, and materials preserved in their natural state. Think rough-hewn barn wood or a wood slab with a live edge left intact.
Add a splash of color
Where better than your modern fireplace mantle to make a statement in the room. Consider adding a wood or brick mantle and a splash of color to the material. Think bold and bright, a color or material that draws your eye right to that area of the room. You can also get playful in the space and carry the color in subtle ways throughout like with books, throw pillows, and more.
Reclaimed can be modern, too
Reclaimed wood accents are still all the rage. The material is eco friendly since you’re helping to breath a second life into it rather than utilizing material that’s brand new. A rustic beam can make a great modern mantle especially if it’s accented by modern decor like metal art or streamlined frames.