Boost your living room atmosphere with a DIY mantel! Whether it's how to build a fireplace mantel from scratch or what your mantel can look like, this list's got you covered.
DIY Mantel Inspirations to Spruce up Your Living Area
Elegance doesn't have to be complicated. This white mantel with a full surround is a great and simple way to accentuate your room. This offers a rather simplified Grecian-inspired design.
A fireplace doesn't necessarily need to have an overmantel or pillars. Sometimes, a simple shelf is more than enough. Using a slab of wood, you can easily recreate this mantel shelf.
You don't even have to worry about choosing the most pristine of wood slabs! The beauty of this DIY is that its imperfections add to the charm.
3. Floating Slab Mantel
What's better than a mantel shelf? A floating mantel shelf! Unlike a regular mantel shelf, this doesn't have brackets, making it look as if it's levitating.
With a slab of wood, you can also recreate this. Its simple design makes for quite a minimalist look.
4. Slab Over Bricks Mantel
This DIY mantel shelf is perfect for a brick fireplace. The slab and the bricks make for a good pattern combination without being too over the top.
5. Varnished Mantel
If you want to add a little something extra to your surround, consider this easy DIY mantel shelf. With a wooden shelf and some decorative shelf brackets, you get an easy upgrade.
Coat it in some wood varnish to achieve that sleek look. This mantel's design is perfect for recreating an elegant and retro atmosphere.
6. Old Frame Faux Mantel
Recreate your own faux fireplace mantel and surround using the frames of an old mirror. Since the frame is basically assembled, this DIY idea is certainly easy.
With different frame styles available, you can make this DIY as creative as you want!
7. Rustic Concrete Mantel
The mantel doesn't have to look like a separate shelf. This idea combines the overmantel, shelf, and pillars into one continuous slab, making it a whole fixture.
This DIY requires more commitment since it's more tedious than the rest, but it's certainly worth it. This look provides a good foundation for all sorts of accents and decoration.
8. Simple Black Mantel
One can never go wrong with simplicity. This DIY mantel is an easy shelf assembly. Choosing a color as bold as black is an easy upgrade to an otherwise “boring” set-up.
9. Cardboard Mantel
This DIY is completely versatile. It's easy to assemble, convenient to move around, and open for a plethora of decorative styles!
10. Brick Mantel
Sophisticated meets rustic in this fully bricked fireplace mantel and surround. Although the use of composite bricks is a bit difficult and more time-consuming, the end result is worth it.
For a simpler version, you can opt to use faux brick panels. Make sure to keep the placement in mind if you plan to do this version with a fully-functioning fireplace.
11. Wood and Tile Mantel and Surround
By combining tiles and wood, you can achieve a pattern mixture that works well to create a homey feel. It simulates the look of an old cabin fireplace.
The mantel's use isn't exclusive to winter. In fact, it's not even exclusive to owning a fireplace! With the right design in mind, it can give your room the perfect atmosphere.
Which of these ideas inspired you to create your own mantel? Let us know in the comments down below!
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