Differences between Contemporary and Traditional Fireplace Mantels
There are not many things that can enhance the feel of the holiday season like bright orange flames flickering in a warm fireplace. When having guests over around this time of year, many people want to make their fireplace the centerpiece of their guest room. The best way to do this is to surround it with a fireplace mantel to make it stand out even more. A fireplace mantel also creates a great shelf for holiday decorations or to hang stockings from without damaging the walls. Two of the most popular types of mantels are contemporary and traditional.
Contemporary mantels are made with a modern design in mind. They contain smooth surfaces and clean lines without too much decoration. Contemporary mantels are made in a wide variety of materials including marble, travertine, sandstone, and even cast stone. Modern fireplace surrounds also go great in business offices where the design is simple and not too over-the-top.
Traditional fireplace mantels have many intricate designs carved in them to bring about a more classic feel reminiscent of when fireplaces were the only way to keep warm. To make carvings in a traditional mantel stand out, they are usually made out of marble. The many wonderful colors that marble is available in, like pearly white, maroon, peach, and grey.
If you are looking for the perfect fireplace mantel for your home or office and want to see the difference between contemporary and traditional mantels for yourself, visit our showroom today. Plus, if you cannot find exactly what you are looking for from the dozens of surrounds we have in stock you can sit down with one of our knowledgeable designers to create a custom mantel of your own.
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