fireplace with no mantle ?

fayemarieFebruary 19, 2009

I am getting ready to do the stone on my fireplaces and I can't find a

mantle I like . I've never been a fan of them anyway - they just look

cluttered . I have been looking online for photos of fireplaces without

mantles but there are very few . Has anyone seen something like this

and did you like it ?

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ingrid_vc so. CA zone 9

Usually the fireplaces without mantles I've seen are modern in style. If your furniture and decorating style is traditional, then a mantle would be more appropriate.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2009 at 9:45PM
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Modern or MCM would be fine without a mantle, but anything's questionable.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2009 at 9:59PM
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My fireplace is made of brick & not stone, but here's a pic anyways.
I wish I had a mantle.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2009 at 10:23PM
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I am going with a modern rustic look . Nothing traditional , that's probably
why I don't like mantles ! LOL I had a very traditional brick fireplace in my
last house and other than Christmas , I did not like it . Mine is a corner
fireplace that is going all the way up the 10' ceiling . I thought with just the
stone it would look very clean . There is also no raised hearth .
Laurie , I really like your fireplace without a mantle . A piece of artwork
above would look great .

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 12:18AM
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My home is very old. I have a very streamline, simple stone fireplace without a mantle.
Modern rustic style, a fireplace without a mantle would work.

Go for it, my two cent vote no mantel.

I would paint the wood and add a statement piece in place of a mantle.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 5:11AM
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simpletaste - Other people besides you & fayemarie have also suggested painting that wood above the fireplace and displaying some artwork. I agree it would look better. I will definitely be putting something there in the near future. As far as painting...Dh is set on it remaining plain wood, no paint. Oh well, he gives in to me on other decorating ideas. So, it's one of those compromising things.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 6:12AM
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My fireplace doesn't have a mantle. I've thought about adding one over the years but the stone is very irregular in depth, so the mantle would have to be carved out around the stones, and I just left it. Actually, in this picture it looks a little plain, but in real life, It really looks fine without the mantle. Pictures have a way of distorting reality.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 7:24AM
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We put in a quartsite (sp) mantel and also used it for the hearth. I love it. Wood just wouldn't go right with it.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 8:21AM
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caroleoh ,

The stone on your fireplace is almost the exact same stone mine will be .
Thank you so much for the picture . I am definately going to forgo the mantle .
I really love the clean look of yours . Also my insert will be down near the floor
just like your . Only difference is mine is a corner fireplace .

Oakleyok ,

I love your stone !

    Bookmark   February 21, 2009 at 4:35PM
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faymarie, We have a stone FP, The stones protrudes a lot... for years and years we didn't have a mantle. Finally about 3 or 4 years ago we made a mantle in oak.
Then last summer I decided I wanted walnut, so he did it again! Hubby scribed it to fit the stone, and I love having a mantle. I looked and looked for photos before the mantle and can't find any on this computer.

You can always add a mantle later, by scribing it to the stone. You don't have to add the mantle now while building the FP, with the stone above and below it. So, take your time and decide later on.

Our mantle is free standing and I'm tossing around in my mind, as to whether
I want brackets or leave it free standing.
The under neith showing the scribing. Both top and botttom is scribed to the stone.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2009 at 7:03PM
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We just bought a house with a fireplace that is flush with the wall and surrounded by tile. Hung a picture over it that is about the same width, but it doesn't look right. Anyone have any ideas on what I could do as the wall looks blank.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2011 at 3:58PM
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