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Selecting the Perfect Traditional
Fireplace Mantel for Your Modern Home

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When it comes to interior design, blending the old with the new can create a stunning and harmonious aesthetic. One classic element that can be seamlessly integrated into a modern home is a traditional fireplace mantel. A well-chosen mantel can serve as the focal point of your living space, providing warmth, character, and a touch of timeless elegance. Our French Country fireplace is one of our most popular models if not the bestseller among all our products. With its elaborate traditional design twisted with a modern touch. No one can miss its grand appearance in your living room. To help you select the perfect traditional fireplace mantel for your modern home, we’ve compiled some essential tips and considerations.

Define Your Design Style

Before diving into the world of traditional fireplace mantels, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of your home’s design style. Modern design often features clean lines, minimalism, and a neutral color palette. A traditional mantel can be a striking contrast in such a setting, adding depth and visual interest. The key is to choose a mantel that complements, rather than competes with, your existing design elements.

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Material

Matters

Traditional fireplace mantels come in a variety of materials, including wood, stone, and marble. The choice of material can greatly impact the overall look of your mantel. For a modern home, consider sleek, minimalistic materials like a smooth white marble or a dark, polished wood. These choices can help maintain the contemporary feel while incorporating the traditional element of a mantel.

Proportion and Scale

and Scale

The size of your mantel should be proportionate to the size of your fireplace and the room. In modern homes, where clean lines and simplicity are often valued, it’s essential to select a mantel that isn’t overpowering. Measure your available wall space and fireplace dimensions carefully to ensure your mantel is neither too large nor too small.

Height

and Gas Unit Size

It is important to consider the height and width based off ceiling of your fireplace. If you prefer it to be a bit higher off the floor. Consider getting hearth for the base and get taller legs if required. If you prefer the model to be on the shorter side. We recommend to cut the posts off inside. It is also advisable to change to Torino or Venezia option if the first two tips do not quite work for you. The gas unit size is a factor that must be considered as well as it has  to be in proportion to the overall size of your fireplace. We have an in-depth guide for selecting the right gas fireplace (read it here)

Customization

and Detailing

Many traditional fireplace mantels feature intricate carvings, ornate designs, and decorative elements. In a modern home, you may want to opt for a more streamlined and simplified design. Look for mantels that offer customization options, allowing you to choose a design that aligns with your modern aesthetic. A clean and unadorned mantel can create a perfect balance between the old and the new.

Plant-On Style or Wrap Around

There are 2 styles of mantels that you could choose from: the plant on style or wrap around mantel. However, whatever style you prefer, it is very very important to think of the scale of the room. Is 6′ wide enough space? Will the mantel still be functional after the install? Depending on how you like it, both styles give out the classy French Country effect of this fireplace in your home.

French Country Mantel

Plant-On Style

How to select a traditional mantel

Wrap Around

Color

Coordination

Coordinating the color of your mantel with your room’s color scheme is crucial. For a modern home, neutral colors like whites, grays, or blacks are excellent choices, as they can seamlessly blend with the contemporary elements of your design. These colors can help your mantel stand out as a statement piece without overwhelming the room. You can read our blog post on color selection here.

Professional

Installation

Installing a fireplace mantel, especially in a modern home, should be done with precision. Seek professional assistance to ensure your mantel is securely and safely installed. A properly mounted mantel not only enhances the aesthetics but also adds a sense of comfort and safety.

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Accessorize

Mindfully

To complete the look, consider accessorizing your mantel with modern decor elements such as sleek vases, abstract art, or minimalist sculptures. This will create a cohesive and harmonious visual balance between the traditional mantel and your contemporary living space.

Why Concrete

Fireplace Mantels?

Concrete is a great option when it comes to design elements like fireplace mantels because it can be tailored to fit any space and aesthetic. It also has a timeless elegance that never goes out of style and is incredibly durable, making it perfect for high-traffic areas. Plus, since no two pieces are exactly alike, you can be sure that your home will have one-of-a-kind elements that make it stand out among other homes on the market. 

Conclusion

Selecting a traditional fireplace mantel for your modern home can be a transformative design choice, adding character and warmth to your space. By carefully considering your design style, materials, proportions, detailing, colors, and professional installation, you can seamlessly integrate this classic element into your modern decor. The right mantel can serve as a bridge between the past and the present, creating a truly captivating and stylish atmosphere in your home.
 

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