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When you are designing a fireplace in some room of your home, consider the mantel as the keystone in that bridge. The bridge is the look you are after. What will your fireplace be for your home? What type of theme, image or statement are you trying to make? Will the final piece in this design puzzle be decided by choosing from the types of fireplace mantels that have been around for ages or from a more contemporary look?
Based upon the overall design of your living space, the right fireplace surround will make itself known and you will begin to bring together your space. The mantel need not match any of your fireplace tools or even the hearth, but it should be properly studied. You will be surprised at how your fireplace mantel will set the tone of your new room’s focal point.