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Tips on Choosing The Right Color
and Finish for Your Fireplace Mantel

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Fireplace Mantel Colors and Finishes

Selecting the right color for your fireplace mantel is a crucial design decision that can greatly impact the overall look and feel of your living space. The mantel serves as a focal point in the room, and the color you choose can either complement your existing decor or make a bold statement. 

There are so many factors to consider when choosing a fireplace mantel. The four most important things to factor in on picking a mantel are the design, the size, color, and texture. When deciding on a mantel, we find that clients choose a design based on the fireplace insert or they have set their eyes on a particular design and everything else works around it. Here are some tips on choosing the right mantel color and fireplace finish.

Tips on Choosing The Right Colour and Finish for Your Fireplace Mantel
Old World Texture

Consider Your Room's Color Scheme

Tips on Choosing The Right Colour and Finish for Your Fireplace Mantel
SmoothCast Texture

One of the first things to consider when choosing a mantel color is your room’s existing color palette

The mantel should harmonize with the surrounding decor, walls, and furniture. If your room features a predominantly neutral color scheme, a white, cream, or light gray mantel can create a timeless and elegant look.

 On the other hand, for a more vibrant or eclectic space, you might opt for a contrasting or complementary color to add visual interest.

Define your Space

Fireplace mantels are, for the most part, the focal point of every living room and honestly, of almost every room that has them! Some prefer their mantel color to blend in with the wall paint, creating one harmonious monochromatic area that creates an open space illusion. Others, on the other hand, prefer it to be the room’s main “Centerpiece”. They make it stand out by using a completely different color from the rest of the room and picking a texture that has lots of character in it. We have 11 integral colors to choose from but we can also customize the color tone if wanted. 

Create a Focal Point

If you want your mantel to be the focal point of the room, consider selecting a bold, contrasting color that will draw attention. A rich, dark color like deep ebony, navy blue, or charcoal gray can create a stunning visual impact and make the mantel a statement piece within your space. This approach works particularly well in rooms with light-colored walls.

Blend with Your Fireplace Surround

Take into account the material and color of your fireplace surround. Consider choosing a mantel color that complements the natural tones of surrounding materials. If one of our standard colors are not suitable consider ordering a custom color to match the surrounding decor. By doing so, you create a cohesive and integrated look in your living area.

Texture of your Concrete Fireplace Mantel

The texture of the mantel may not be significant to some. However, it can be extremely important. Mantel finishes help differentiate the artistic compositions of the concrete from one to another and it also adds to the style and appeal.

Our Smooth finish is recommended if you are looking into getting a more modern contemporary look. The texture is semi-gloss to a matte finish and has a very clean, fine, and level surface.  

If you are transitioning from a contemporary look to a traditional appeal, we recommend our Limestone finish. This finish has a textured surface and is a bit porous just like that of real limestone rock. The last but not least, and our most popular finish is our Old World texture. This surface has an antique characteristic pattern that is most suitable for a classic and traditional visual appeal. This finish has been the choice of many for our French Country Mantels.


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Room Size and Lighting

Consider the size of your room and the available natural and artificial lighting. In smaller spaces with limited light, lighter-colored mantels can make the room appear more open and spacious. In larger, well-lit rooms, you have more flexibility to experiment with bolder and darker colors.

Sample and Test

Before making a final decision, it’s a good idea to test your chosen mantel color in the room. We recommend you order some color samples to see how the color interacts with the lighting and existing decor. This step can help you confirm that the color you’ve selected works in your space.


Choosing the right color for your fireplace mantel is an important decision that can enhance the overall look and feel of your room. By considering your room’s color scheme, creating a focal point/ blending with the fireplace surround, assessing the mantel material, and factoring in room size and lighting, you can confidently select a color that complements your space and reflects your personal style.

Remember to take your time and test your color choices to ensure you make the perfect selection for your fireplace mantel.

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