A mantel is often the most prominent architectural feature in a room. Here are a few profiles that cover the looks from simple to elaborate.
Elegant but less ostentatious than its Victorian counterparts, this modest mantel features a dentil molding accent beneath its shelf. Like many new mantels, the paint-grade kit is MDF with a choice of hardwood veneer.
With the raised paneling on teh overmantel, this solid wood mantel measures a commaning 73 inches tall. Its style, reminiscent of Shaker and Mission design, is perfect for a formal, high-ceilinged space.
A pronounced taper gives this mantel's legs a monolithic stance. The unadorned plinth at each leg's base and the cove molding under the shelf would fit nicely in a modern interior. Shown in primed fiberboard.
Using primed mahogany instead of marble, this mantel is otherwise an exact replica of a French Louis XV–style antique. The splayed legs and frieze match the original's carved trails of flowers and acanthus leaves.
This mantel's arched lintel softens the square lines of a brick surround. A center carving adds a decorative touch to the modest design. Shown here in solid ash with a Mission Oak finish.