Keep Memories Close with a Mantel

mantel 300x225When you think of a classic American living room, what comes to mind? Often, there are sofas, a rug, and a brick fireplace with wood softly burning in the night, bringing the family together for s’mores and hot cocoa. But there’s also one central piece that every home needs: a mantel. On the mantel are photos of family and friends, accolades and accomplishments, a clock, and memories–lots of memories. So whether you already have a fireplace or not, if you don’t have a mantel, you should consider getting one.

On your mantel, you can show off pictures, clocks, and knick-knacks that you have collected over the years–or, if you’re still young, that you plan to collect over the years. A mantel can show you the history of a family and a home better than any other surface in a house. What’s more, whether you get a mantel made of varnished wood or you have it painted, it adds color and life, as well as class and style, to any room.

If you want to buy a mantel, you’ll need to select one that is the right length and depth for your fireplace and your needs (or, if you don’t have a fireplace, you’ll need to select them to match). Between 60 and 70 inches is the usual range of length, and 10 inches is a common depth for mantelpieces. If you need something unique or different from these sizes, make sure you keep an eye out for it, because it may be quite rare without having it custom-built.

You also want to make sure the mantel matches the decor of your home, but there will be a mantel out there for you. Every home is made better with a quality mantelpiece. You will be able to find some included with a fireplace, but most will need to be purchased separately and add it on, so again, make sure everything matches up exactly the way you want it to.

A mantel is, without a doubt, one of the best luxury home decorations you can add to your home, showing the history of your family and improving the color and style of the room.

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