Turn your fireplace into the coziest spot in the house with a mantel makeover.
This combined living and dining area exudes warmth thanks to a native-stone fireplace and rough-hewn beams that blend to make this grand space both intimate and inviting.
Proof that clean, airy decor can also deliver cozy warmth, the living room combines a neutral palette with loads of comfy seating and a red-brick fireplace.
An antique blue mantel adds a touch of color and character to this calming white living room.
A makeover transformed this fireplace from white drywall and plaster to its original natural stone. The mantel was distressed to match the natural tones of the room.
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A tight grid of plant prints echoed by mini vases of flowers makes a unique display above this white reeded mantel.
A dreary old fireplace was replaced with a vintage mantel, which was inlaid with shards of antique china. Gently worn painted furniture, vintage collectibles, and a pale palette imbue the home with romantic charm.
Like many apartment fireplaces, this one is strictly decorative. Placing a TV and stereo unit above the mantel turns the hearth into a functional focal point (no need for a bulky armoire).
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