Do you think a natural mantel in this Great Room would be too much?

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So I just hate the "Plain Jane" tile the contractor put in the Great Room and they did not include a Mantel. So I've been looking into Mantels and found this great supplier (http://www.timbermantels.com/) and would love to pull the tile and put in slate and put up one of these great natural edged mantels. Do you think it would be too much!!!
q do you think a natural mantel in this great room would be too much, home decor, living room ideas
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  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Jan 02, 2012
    Those rustic log mantles are pretty cool...but they might be a bit too rustic for the rest of the home...A few years back I built a custom mantle for a client in Cherry with Ebony and carved wood trimmings... Another possibility would be a "cabinet" type thing in that corner space. I too am a fan of slate and used it when I put the woodstove in the master bedroom. I think slate would be a good match for the darker wood floor. Adding a border can also be fun...as I did when I reworked the granite in front of the living room woodstove.
  • I personally love some of the juniper ones on your links but I think a lot of it will have to do with your personal style and the style of the remainder of the house. It appears you have shelf above your mantel. Another suggestion would be a nice wood finish over that shelf -- and that would also give a mantel effect. I did that with an area over our entry door in my remodel. Full disclosure: I went to law school not coordinated design school for a reason not because I had a real choice. :D
  • I think a mantle would look great, stained to match the flooring there.
  • Tamara S Tamara S on Jan 02, 2012
    Thanks, I don't dance to the same drummer as most. So I like to run it by folks before I do a major project.
  • That looks like a minimalist design from what I see. What does the rest look like? All depends what the finish goal is going to be
  • Tamara S Tamara S on Jan 02, 2012
    Thanks Sheila, if you saw the cork tree I put on my new office wall, you would have guessed that I was going for it with this new Condo!
  • Tamara S Tamara S on Jan 02, 2012
    I posted another photo with some of the furniture in the room, but we are just starting out in this new Condo and looking for ideas. Thanks T
  • I often use the theory that horizontal surfaces should be complimentary. I think I would use a mantle that is same or similar to the floor. You seem to have a high ceiling, so this horizontal dark line would help flatten and lower that and tie things together That is from the limited perspective of one photo
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Jan 05, 2012
    Tamara, anything would be better than the existing mantle but I picture something striking with a couple of stained pillars and slate like you said. Best, Charles
  • Your Home W Your Home W on Jan 05, 2012
    You can do 30 different designs, for that corner. 1- paint around it, creating the style you're looking for, w/ one self; 2- wood around it, on top w/ a self 3- look like a built in, w/ wood or stone going up, making the room look big 4- exotic to contemporary mantel, based on style, making you feel welcome everyday
  • An elegant but not too busy mantel and surround would make the fireplace pop!
  • Jeanne D Jeanne D on Jan 05, 2012
    Timber mantels are timeless and durable. If you love it. do it.
  • Ricardo B Ricardo B on Jan 05, 2012
    Not because of the size of the room or the selection of flooring but for the size of the fireplace itself and it's structure... don't go rustic and don't add a "heavy effect" like stone or slab. What you have is perfect for simple lines and white enamel painted wood on a simple "boxed" mantel. Use a trim that's not much greater that Dentil molding or rope molding. You'll end up with everything you need in a muted statement that speaks volumes. That simple design will be basic but classic! It will look modern yet timeless because it's a proven and elegant look. DO NOT overpower the room with a forced emphasis or focus on that fireplace.
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Jan 06, 2012
    Very persuasive, Ricardo. That fireplace itself. should be the controlling factor. CP
  • Tamara S Tamara S on Jan 06, 2012
    Gosh, thanks everyone for all the input! I'll post photos as I work on the mantel. T
  • Mike N Mike N on Jan 06, 2012
    Here's a mantel I fabricated for a client. It was crafted from oak and lightly distressed on-site. I personally like something more along these lines for your space, but again, it's a personal preference. Go with your gut!
  • Tamara S Tamara S on Jan 12, 2012
    Everyone was so helpful, but I am a little more confused with more options than I had imagined! Thanks Everyone, T
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Jan 12, 2012
    Options are a great place to start! CP
  • Sharon M Sharon M on Jan 12, 2012
    AS AN OLDER GIRL I AM TRYING TO LEARN TO FIX THINGS AROUND THE HOUSE. WE LOST OR HOME TO KATRINA AND I WAS TOLD IN A HURRY WHEN REPAIRS BEGAN--IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT I DO THEN DO IT YOURSELF. BUT OFCOURSE I DIDN'T WANT TO SHOW UP THE MEN AND I DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO BUY MY OWN TOOLS. SO HERE ISMY CHASE..THE NMY FEMALE FRIENDS CAN SAY, ''YOU GO OLD GIRL'' THANKS SHARON MITCHEM
  • Tamara S Tamara S on Jan 18, 2012
    Little by little I have been getting my own tools. This Christmas my husband bought me a Cordless Circular saw-best present I got!!! Started using it as soon as I got it charged!!! Then I wrapped it and opened it up with the Grandkids!
  • David Gnida David Gnida on Feb 17, 2015
    Ha great!! Santa must have used it to make some good kid a wooden toy. That'll explain the saw dust
  • OhSally OhSally on Jul 21, 2015
    I got a belt sander from my personal Santa one year. My friends (one got lingerie and the other got a necklace from their Santas) thought it was a nutty gift! But, I was and still am delighted with the gift...and with my Santa! As for the fireplace...I see this is an old post, but I hope you added a mantle!
  • Linda P Linda P on Nov 28, 2015
    I think natural would look good with the floor but so would white and I think white would be my personal preference. Like you, I like to have mantels. They're fun to decorate.
  • Tamara S Tamara S on Nov 30, 2015
    What to do with a boring white fireplace?
  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on Nov 30, 2015
    Here's my 2 cents...I would get broken up slate or stone pieces & cover the wall from floor to ceiling.You could also make a specific design w/ the slate. I would turn the ledge into a thick, chunky mantel & stain it a darker color than the floor.
  • Elaine Elaine on Mar 18, 2016
    Hi Tamara: my brother/wife plus my niece/hubby live in Belleville. Pretty little town! Readers are saying this is an old post so I guess I'm late but before you do anything, you need to look at the style of furniture you have and the adjacent rooms. If, for example, you have fairly formal items, a rustic log-cabin/northern woodsy mantel will look silly. Go on Houzz and look for fireplaces and get ideas. Know YOUR style first and what you like. Also, beware of running stone all the way up to the ceiling if your room is small or you are thinking of moving someday. It may hinder resale. Just my two cents, that's all.
  • Tamara S Tamara S on Mar 18, 2016
    Yep this is an old post, here is what I did. First I ripped out the tile and put up the manufactured stone. Then I got a Black walnut, live ended board the the mantel and inset a strip of copper under the mantel. It was a lot of fun! What do you think?
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