2 Ways To Make Your Fireplace Mantle More Interesting

If you are looking for a way to update your home's style, investing in a new mantle could be the answer. Fireplace mantles often serve as the focal point of the room they are located in, so taking the time to incorporate an intriguing design into your fireplace mantle can give your home instant appeal.

Here are two things you can do to make your mantle more interesting in the future.

1. Channel your inner artist to create a mantle reminiscent of sculptor Louise Nevelson's work.

While you might not believe that you have what it takes to create your own fireplace mantle, drawing inspiration from the work of sculptor Louise Nevelson will help you see that an artistic mantle doesn't have to be difficult.

Nevelson is famous for her monochromatic collages using found wooden objects. To give your room a hint of the sophistication found in Nevelson's work, collect odd pieces of wood trim and decorative wood pieces left over from other woodworking projects. Affix these objects to the front of a plain fireplace mantle using wood glue.

Once you are happy with your arrangement, paint everything a single color that matches the room's palette. Install the mantle according to the manufacturer's directions, and you will have an artistic fireplace mantle that is sure to impress.

2. Build a new fireplace surround and mantle using mosaic tile sheets.

If you are looking to add more color to your home, then using mosaic tile sheets to cover your fireplace mantle and surround can be a simple solution. Glass tiles lend an elegant and artistic feel to any room, and using mosaic tile sheets takes a lot of the guess work out of laying glass tiles for your fireplace project.

It's important that you take the time to practice laying out your mosaic tile sheets before beginning the installation process. This will allow you to get the spacing and color distribution correct in advance.

You can use scissors to cut the mesh backing holding the tile sheets together to size, and use tile nippers to cut any tiles that need to be trimmed in order to fit snugly on the face of your fireplace mantle and surround.

Updating the look of your fireplace can be a simple project. Don't be afraid to get artistic and create a collage of monochromatic wood pieces that would make Louise Nevelson proud, or use mosaic tile sheets to add more color to your fireplace mantle and surround. For more tips about your fireplace, contact a company like B C Fireplace Service Inc.