You know how "they" say a focal point is so important. Well, an inspired fireplace mantel may well have been what they were talking about. I love them, and their design, material and decoration can be as infinitely varied as there are homes. I love to devote special care to them, because they are definitely a focal point you and your family will enjoy more than most.
Now, let's make one thing clear. The decoration of a mantel is one of my favorite things. Love it. They are like art installations in a way for me, and it's a place in your home that virtually everyone will notice. And a little bit of visual drama and wow factor never hurts.
Another great thing about a mantel is that they are accepting of almost anything. A beautiful mirror? Perfect. A gorgeous piece of art? Wonderful. Fresh flowers? Always a good idea. Couple this with striking objects on the top of the mantel and it's simply a wonderland of fine design ideas.
Make no mistake, a fireplace and mantel should never be limited to only a living room or family room. They are fabulous in bedrooms! Trust me when I tell you they are simply splendid to fall asleep next to. Oh my. And if designed properly, they can also provide comfortable seating in the process. Yes, all in all one of life's great Objet Petit a's!
OK, a discussion about fireplace mantels cannot be concluded without talking about fabulous materials. And there are many. I personally love stone, brick, marble, or a combination thereof. I also love custom designed mantels if the budget allows. Couple this with inspired furnishings and other design elements and "they" were right....it's a glorious focal point indeed!
In conclusion, have you noticed how beloved family pets almost always gravitate to right in front of the fireplace mantel? Why, you may ask? Well, the answer is they are no dummy....they know a great thing when they see it too.
Laura Lee Clark