10 Best Fireplaces with Mantel to Enhance Your Space
A fireplace with a mantel, often the centerpiece of cozy living spaces, evokes images of crackling logs, comforting warmth, and a charming focal point within a home's interior.
However, for many homeowners, a fireplace is not just about the dancing flames and soothing heat; it's also about the aesthetics. This is where the fireplace mantel comes into play. In this article, we'll explore its purpose and list down some of the best fireplaces with mantel to give you inspiration for your next home makeover.
Do you need a fireplace mantel?
Before we delve into the best fireplace with mantels out there, let's first understand the fundamental question: What is the purpose of a fireplace mantel? Is it merely a decorative addition, or does it serve a more practical role in the overall scheme of your home's design and functionality?
The fireplace mantel, historically known as a "mantelpiece," has a rich history dating back centuries. It evolved from a purely functional element designed to catch smoke and direct heat into a room to a decorative focal point that adds character and charm to a space. Today, fireplace mantels serve a dual purpose: they blend form and function seamlessly, making them an attractive feature in any home.
In photo: Modern Matte Black Floating Mantel Shelf
So do you really need a fireplace mantel? Whether you truly need them depends on your personal preferences and the desired aesthetic and functional elements for your home. Fireplace mantels can enhance the visual appeal of your space, serve as practical surfaces for decor or storage, and complement different design styles. However, their necessity varies, with some homeowners valuing the elegance and versatility they bring, while others prefer a more minimalistic fireplace design.
Best fireplace with mantel to enhance your space
If you're one of the home or business owners that made a choice to enhance your space with a fireplace with mantel, then it's time to search for the best ones. To help you out, we've compiled our top picks below.
1. Classic White Mantel for Minimalist Homes
If you want a minimalist home, but you're dreaming of the cozy charm that only a fireplace can provide, we've got the perfect solution for you. Meet the Touchstone Forte Elite Smart Electric Fireplace, paired with a sleek white mantel – it's a match made in design heaven!
This 40" freestanding unit not only offers minimalist design but also convenience with WiFi Controls and 60 different combinations of flame colors and ember bed lighting. You can even adjust the flame speed to set the mood just right.
What's even better is that you don't need to be a DIY expert to install it. No wall mounting or recessing required – simply assemble the mantel, plug it in, and place it against the wall.
2. Minimalist Floating Mantel
For a quick room refresh, then the Simplifire Format Electric Fireplace with Mantel is your best bet. This wall-mounted beauty boasts a minimalist floating mantel design that effortlessly elevates your space. Drawing inspiration from the timeless allure of all-white surrounds, it infuses a sense of lightness and modernity into your room.
What's even more enticing is its easy and versatile installation. You can place it virtually anywhere indoors! Just mount it on a wall and plug it into a suitable outlet. Thanks to its zero-clearance design, you can even position a TV above it, making it a truly flexible and stylish addition to your living space.
3. Contemporary Mantel Shelf and Fireplace with USB Charging Port
Do you want to achieve a stylish and clutter-free ambiance? Consider the Napoleon Stylus Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace. It cleverly combines a fireplace, mantel bookshelf, and charging station in one sleek package.
This contemporary marvel frames the Stylus fireplace with streamlined shelves that includes a dual USB 2.0 charging port with LED indicators. Plus, it features an accent light that highlights your displayed items.
4. Timeless Design for Modern Homes
Are you someone who adores the timeless charm of traditional fireplaces? While traditional models certainly have their allure, they often come with a hefty installation price tag and a fair share of messiness in operation. But not with HearthPro Freestanding Fireplace with Mantle. This model offers the best of both worlds—a classic design paired with modern convenience, all at an affordable cost.
This mantel boasts classic details and a beautiful Oak Wood Veneer Finish, embracing the old-fashioned aesthetic you love. Plus, it's not just about looks; it's also functional with a magazine rack that saves precious floor space. And if you ever desire a change of scenery, the built-in wheels make it a breeze to move to any spot in need of enhanced ambiance.
5. Mountain Lodge Themed Mantel and Fireplace
Like traditional fireplaces, a stone surround has an alluring charm, but using authentic stones can be both labor-intensive and costly. Fortunately, with the Dimplex Featherston Fireplace and Mantel Package, you can achieve the same natural stone look without the extensive labor and expense.
The Featherston mantel effortlessly brings the cozy ambiance of a mountain lodge to any room you desire. The warmth of wooden accents in the recessed header and mantel brackets adds a rustic touch to the clean, architectural ledge rock design. Additionally, the fireplace features realistic flames and handcrafted logs, making it so convincing that people might mistake it for a genuine fireplace!
6. Modern Matte Mantel and Electric Fireplace
Spruce up your living space with our best-selling fireplace insert paired with a sleek modern black mantel.
The modern matte mantel creates a captivating clutter, free focal point for minimalistic or industrial homes. Its black finish offers a chic complement for other decorations like paintings, mirrors, and more. Combined with Modern Flames Redstone 36" Electric Fireplace’s highly realistic flame display with customizable features, you can never go wrong with this bundle. And did we mention that you can choose from over 10 flame color options, 10 ember bed colors, and 10 down light color options to suit your mood and style? You can also set the temperature between 68° to 88°F for maximum comfort and coziness.
7. Realistic Natural Surround for Traditional Spaces
Experience the essence of a private retreat at your home with the Dimplex Fieldstone Fireplace Mantel. This captivating mantel artfully recreates the rustic allure of a woodland getaway, complete with the lifelike appearance of natural stone and hand-hewn pine.
This classic mantel includes a 28-Inch Dimplex XHD Series firebox that can effectively warm spaces of up to 1,000 square feet and is adorned with glowing logs. It also has a convenient no-heat option, allowing you to enjoy its charming ambiance even during the summer months.
8. Traditional White Mantel and Best-selling Electric Fireplace Bundle
If you're tired of constantly updating your style and simply want an elegant space, consider this fireplace insert paired with our traditional mantel. The classic carvings on the mantel shelf instantly infuse any room with sophistication while the best-selling Modern Flames Redstone Electric Fireplace Insert combines a traditional appearance with award-winning technology to create realistic flames.
This insert is perfect for homes with existing fireplace openings, seamlessly fitting in, with optional trim available to cover any gaps. You can also customize your cast stone mantel with a choice of seven finish options and two stone types.
9. Acacia Mantel Shelf with Modern Electric Fireplace
Create a relaxing space with the Touchstone Sideline Elite 60" Electric Fireplace bundled with a stunning Acacia Mantel. This classic minimalist mantel is available in Natural or Weathered Grey Finish to complement your décor. The fireplace, meanwhile, boasts standout modern features, such as compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, and offers customizable flame displays to set the mood just right.
10. Compact and Portable Fireplace with Mantle Package
Looking for something you can place anywhere? The Dimplex Morgan Fireplace Mantel offers a compact and portable electric fireplace package with added mobility thanks to its built-in casters.
Using the Morgan is effortless—simply place it where you desire, plug it in, and switch it on. It includes a convenient remote control and offers the option to turn off the heat for year-round enjoyment. With a charming charcoal oak finish and its compact design, Morgan is an excellent choice for small spaces and easy maneuverability.
Are you looking for just mantels?
Are you on the lookout for just mantel shelves to adorn your existing fireplace?
Mantel shelves offer a stylish and versatile way to enhance your fireplace area and showcase your personal style. Whether you're seeking the warmth of wooden mantel shelves, the modern appeal of floating designs, or the industrial charm of metal brackets, we've curated a selection that caters to your unique preferences. Head over to our Fireplace Mantel Shelves section and find what you’re looking for.
If you’re looking for something rustic and sustainable, Olde Wood Reclaimed Wood Mantel Shelves might be the perfect match for you. Nothing quite matches the beautiful simplicity of an unfinished reclaimed wood mantel for an enduring appeal.
Every piece of wood undergoes meticulous processing, ensuring that each mantel is flawlessly polished and free of imperfections. You have the flexibility to select the perfect shade of brown to harmonize with your living space, as optional finishes are available.
Frequently Asked Questions on Mantels
Got questions about mantels before you buy one? Let’s help you address your queries and provide the information you need to make an informed decision.
How high should a fireplace mantel be?
If you are wondering how high should a fireplace mantel be, there are some factors to consider. For instance, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), the clearance between the top of the firebox and the bottom of the mantel must be at least 6 inches.
However, this distance may vary depending on how much the mantel projects from the wall. The rule of thumb is to add an inch to the distance for every single inch that your mantel protrudes from the wall. For example, if your mantel is 6 inches deep, it should be attached 18 inches above the firebox opening.
The height of the mantel should also be proportional to the ceiling height and the room size. A mantel that is too high or too low may look out of place or create a cramped feeling.
In photo: Empire Profile Wood Flush Mantel Shelf
How to decorate a fireplace mantel?
A fireplace mantel can be a focal point of your living room, so you may want to decorate it with some style and personality. Here are some tips on how to decorate a fireplace mantel:
- Choose a theme or color scheme that matches your room and the season. For example, you can use warm colors and cozy items for winter, or bright colors and floral accents for spring.
- Layer different items on the mantel, such as candles, vases, frames, books, or plants. You can also hang a mirror, a painting, or a wreath above the mantel to create more visual interest.
- Balance the items on the mantel by varying their height, size, shape, and texture. You can use symmetry or asymmetry to create a harmonious or dynamic look.
- Don't overcrowd the mantel with too many items or leave it too empty. You want to create a sense of proportion and scale that complements the fireplace and the room.
- Change the items on the mantel periodically to keep it fresh and updated. You can also add some seasonal or festive touches for special occasions, such as pumpkins for Halloween or stockings for Christmas.
Where to find fireplace mantels?
You can find a variety of fireplace mantels, including mantle bundles and mantel shelves, through various retail outlets and online stores. However, for a convenient and comprehensive selection, explore our offerings right here at Modern Blaze.
Who installs fireplace mantels?
Fireplace mantels can be installed by a variety of professionals, including general contractors, carpenters, or fireplace installation specialists. If you're looking for a hassle-free installation, we also have electric fireplaces with mantels that require no installation, providing a convenient and stylish heating solution for your space.
In photo: Pearl Mantels Auburn Wood Mantel Shelf
Let’s wrap up
Fireplace mantels serve as both functional and decorative elements in homes and spaces. Whether you choose to install a traditional mantel or opt for a more modern electric fireplace, the right mantel can enhance the aesthetic and ambiance of your living area, making it a cozy and inviting focal point in any room.
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