Fireplaces are mainly used as a source of heat but in addition to their practical functionality, they also have aesthetic properties that make them great accessories for living spaces. Adding a mantel to your fireplace is a good way adding functionality and make the fireplace more eye-catching. When choosing which kind of mantel shelf to install, the main factor to consider is which material to use. Below is a rundown of some commonly used materials for mantel shelves.
This is probably the most commonly used material. It is easily accessible and is relatively affordable depending on the type of wood. There are various types of wood to choose from including pine, cherry, maple, hemlock, douglas among many others. Wood mantel shelves have different finishes such as primed, distressed, cherry and black. Some may also like the unfinished look that is rather rustic in appearance.
Metallic material is quite versatile and can be used to custom make a fireplace mantel shelf. Metal has a contemporary look and it often blends in well with other décor components. These types of mantel shelves come in different variations including solid bronze, stainless steel, aluminum, and brass, just to name a few.
Some of the preferred stone materials used for mantel shelves include marble, limestone and granite. Stone has a great aesthetic appeal in addition to being very sturdy. You can choose from a variety of colors, designs and textures. An additional advantage of stone is that it is fireproof.