Incorporating a new fireplace into your family space, giving a refresh to an existing fireplace, or choosing a mantel surround for your new construction, are all scenarios where you’ll be faced with lots of different products, materials, and options. It’s wise to find a reputable dealer who will patiently show you all the possibilities. If you’re lucky enough to find that professional, here are just a few options they might show you for your consideration. 

Finding a mantle surround dealer 

The first step you should take in the process is to identify a knowledgeable professional in the mantle surround market. Do this by searching the internet for showrooms in your area, or even my asking family and friends for a recommendation. You can also visit your local, independent home improvement store. These types of stores usually keep this kind of information on file. 

What kind of material do you like?

 There are so many options when it comes to mantle surrounds and the first choice you’ll need to make is what kind of material you’d like it to be made of. These items are commonly made in a variety of natural materials like marble or stone. A traditional treatment for the fireplace surround is a wooden mantle. Either option offers endless possibilities in terms of design aesthetic and decorative elements. 

What’s your design aesthetic?

When choosing a fireplace surround, you need to consider the design aesthetic of the entire room. Does the space feel modern and contemporary? If so, you should probably pick a surround that follows suit. Same for traditional or modern farmhouse looks. The entire fireplace area can be the focal point of the room and elevate the design of the room.   

Measure twice for your mantle surround

Fireplace surrounds come in a variety of dimensions making it very important that you know the dimensions of the space you plan to fill well before you ever start shopping. You’ll need to have about five dimensions on hand including the width of the opening, the top and bottom of the box opening, wall space available on either side of the opening, and finally the measurement from the ceiling or crown molding all the way down to the floor.