Fireplace mantles often become focal points of the entire room. The textures, mounting, materials and the items that sit on them. Here are some creative ideas from some of Honest Abe Log Homes’ homeowners for mantels for fireplaces in log homes:
Natural wood: Use a piece of natural wood, such as a large tree branch or a log, as the mantle for a rustic, natural look. You can leave the wood raw, or sand and finish it to match the rest of the room.
Stone or rock: Use a piece of stone or rock as the mantle for a more modern, industrial look. You can use a single large slab, or stack smaller stones or rocks to create a layered effect.
Reclaimed wood: Use reclaimed wood, such as barn wood or old shipping pallets, to create a unique and eco-friendly mantle. You can leave the wood in its natural state, or paint or stain it to match the decor of the room.
Metal: Use metal, such as steel or iron, to create a sleek and contemporary mantle. You can use a single sheet of metal, or combine different metal elements, such as pipes or rods, to create a more textured look.
Glass: Use a piece of glass, such as a large mirror or a sheet of tempered glass, to create a modern and minimalistic mantle. This is a good option for small spaces, as it will help to reflect light and make the room feel larger.
No matter what material you choose, be sure to consider the size and scale of the fireplace and the overall design of the room when selecting a mantle. It is also a good idea to consult with a professional designer or contractor to ensure that the mantle is properly installed and supported.
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