A fireplace seems incomplete without a mantel and decorations. A mantel, the shelf mounted above the fireplace opening and running across its entire length, gives a fireplace its unique style. When the fireplace is in a corner at a diagonal, the right mantel can turn it into a focal point. Keep the mantel in the same style as the other fireplace elements. Choose a traditional mantel for an elegant fireplace and a rustic mantel for a huge stone fireplace.
If your corner fireplace has a brick facing from floor to ceiling, a substantial wooden mantel spanning the length of it gives it elegance and importance. Lean a painting in the center of the mantel and flank it with trailing ivy, oversized candles on stands or matching decorative plates. Choose mantel decorations of differing heights for visual interest. Use books or pedestals to elevate objects if needed.
Adobe fireplaces in a Southwest American style are often found in corners. Made of sun-dried brick and found in hot climates, adobe fireplaces often lack mantels. A simple concrete or cast stone mantel complements the adobe style. The shelf appears to float, giving the fireplace a contemporary look. Use minimal decorations, such as Southwest woven baskets, urns or a pair of hurricanes with pillar candles.
If your corner fireplace is large, stone and lodgelike, keep the mantel in the same rustic style. A rough stone mantel, barnwood or a split log mantel are appropriate choices. Any dainty mantel decorations would look out of place on a huge stone fireplace, so choose large organic pieces for the mantel, such as branches in tall vases, huge shells, chunks of corals or painted decoys.
- ''What's In Style Fireplaces''; Joanne Still; 2002
- FireplaceDesignInfo.com: Build A Corner Fireplace Mantle
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