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Carved Wood Fireplace Mantels

Sacramento fireplace mantels
Sacramento fireplace mantels
Baltimore fireplace mantels
Baltimore fireplace mantels
Charlotte fireplace mantels
Charlotte fireplace mantels
Marietta fireplace mantels
Marietta fireplace mantels
 

Fireplace Mantels

Fireplace mantels are powerful symbols of domestic life. Wood mantels have always received special attention by designers and architects. Today's reproduction fireplace mantels remain one of the best examples of the major architectural periods.

fireplace mantel

Decorative fireplace mantels weren't common in American homes until later in the Colonial period. Early settlers did little to beautify their large fireplaces. Back than the fireplace was purely utilitarian. As homes become more refined, fireplace mantels appeared in simple forms.

antique fireplace mantel

First American fireplace mantels consisted of a simple wooden trimwork surrounding coarse brick opening. Some versions of wood fireplace mantels had a narrow mantel shelf. In the eighteen century, fireplace openings were often surrounded by wood paneling that extended over the entire fireplace wall.

Colonial Fireplace Mantels

colonial fireplace mantel
Colonial fireplace mantel

Georgian Fireplace Mantels

Later in Georgian period, grand homes featured the fireplace mantels as an important showpiece of bold and classical styling. Large columns or pilasters led up to a meticulously carved mantel shelf. Fireplace mantel shelves were not deep, but often quite high.

Georgian fireplace mantel
Georgian fireplace mantel

An over-mantel was very common. Fireplace over-mantels often included a rectangular frame and a second set of pilasters or columns supporting a pediment above. The carved detailing of the wood fireplace mantels was frequently tied into the room's ceiling cornice.

colonial fireplace mantel
Georgian fireplace mantel

Federal Fireplace Mantels

Federal period brought exceptionally elegant fireplace mantels with restrained classical detailing. The basic forms and proportion of the Federal fireplace mantels have become a standard for a lot of traditional mantels designs.

antique Federal fireplace mantel - Lockwood-Mathews mansion museum
antique fireplace mantel - Lockwood-Mathews mansion museum

Evolving out of the Georgian fireplace mantels and influenced largely by the designs of Adam style, Federal fireplace mantels included the basic fireplace mantel parts in the refined form. Typically Federal style fireplace mantels were simple and did not include an overmantel. Central frieze panel of wood fireplace mantels decorated with garlands, urns and carved onlays.

antique Federal fireplace mantel - Lockwood-Mathews mansion museum
antique fireplace mantel - Lockwood-Mathews mansion museum

Beautiful carvings, delicate moldings of a classic motifs and the use of build-up molding treatment for the mantel shelf are characteristic features of the Federal era wooden fireplace mantels.

Victorian Fireplace Mantels

Victorian designs of the fireplace mantels are characterized by their break with the classical rules of composition. Victorian fireplace mantels employed classical elements, such as pilasters, columns, entablatures, and classical moldings. These classical elements were liberally mixed with Gothic shapes, spindle work, and exotic Asian imagery. Typical examples of Victorian fireplace mantels have ornate imaginative designs, and often include over-mantels with display shelves and inset mirrors.

antique fireplace mantel

Wood fireplace mantels from our collection are true works of art. Showcasing traditional craftsmanship our wooden fireplace mantels are worthy of fine estates and will add value to your home. Beautiful traditional designs of these fireplace mantels make it easy to incorporate them into any decorating scheme. Fireplace mantels can be stained to match your existing woodwork. If you wish, you can finish these wonderful mantels with paint.

antique fireplace mantel
antique fireplace mantel - Lockwood-Mathews mansion museum

antique fireplace mantel details
antique fireplace mantel details

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decorating fireplace mantel - fireplace accessories

building a fireplace mantel
If you have a beautiful large fireplace than you could experience problems to find a large enough mantle to accommodate the larger than average firebox—consider making a custom mantle. With the wide range of mantel parts such as wood carvings you can find on our website, you can make your very own mantle that fits not only your fireplace, but also your style and exact specifications. The best part of the whole process is that you will be able to install in one piece. If you are drawing a blank on what design to go with, than you should simply look through our inspiration gallery for some ideas... read more about building a fireplace mantel >>

decorating fireplace mantel - fireplace accessories

fireplace mantels and interiors
Fireplace mantels and fireplace mantel shelves are excellent opportunities for adding architectural elements to your home. Fireplace mantels often serving as focal points in a room. Decorative mantel earned its important role in interior architecture. A fireplace mantel is a decorative frame that surrounds the fireplace and facing on the top and two sides. The term "mantel" refers to the entire decorative surround of the fireplace, not just the shelf part. The facing is the protective frame that surrounds a fireplace opening, and is usually marble, brick, tile, or slate... read more about fireplace mantels >>

decorating fireplace mantel - fireplace accessories

decorating fireplace mantel
Refresh a traditional room that has a grand fireplace mantel by keenly editing furnishings and choosing suitable fireplace accessories. Top the mantel with with seasonal flowers, botanical prints and add personal touch with accessories. Paint the walls of a family room a soothing shade of green color and keep fabric patterns subtle to cultivate relaxation and comfort. Objects don't have to be placed symmetrically on a mantel - a lone candlestick, decorative box, or interesting vase can provide a perfect finishing touch... read more decorating fireplace mantel >>

fireplace as focal point

fireplace as focal point
In many homes the fireplace is not designed to be important focal point of a room. In order to keep costs down in a lot of homes builders and developers installed zero-clearance fireplace mantels with inexpensive marble or granite surround set within uninspired, prefabricated wood mantel. The fireplace mantels are usually painted white to match the trim in the home. The result - a lackluster fireplace that doesn't really commands attention nor have a presence needed to be a strong focal point in a room... read more about fireplace as focal point >>

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