Traditional mantel shelves make the fireplace seem more attractive and form the focal point of the room. Mantel shelves are an excellent accent piece for your fireplace, and are ideal for any occasion, especially during the holiday season when you can use the mantel shelf to hang Christmas stockings or your holiday decorations. If you’re throwing a party, traditional mantel shelves can be a great place for people to gather around for a conversation, and a convenient place to keep their drinks.
Traditional mantel shelves are also great for showcasing your cherished family photographs, trophies, creative knick-knacks that agree with the theme of the room, or souvenirs that have sentimental value.
To select the perfect traditional mantel shelf, you’ll need to keep the following elements in mind:
Size of the Hearth
You’ll need to measure the width and height of your fireplace to ensure that you won’t end up with mantel shelves that are either too small or too large for your fireplace. This is one of the most important things to keep in mind while browsing through designs for your traditional mantel shelf.
Available Wall Space
If you prefer traditional mantel shelves that are wider than your fireplace, then it becomes necessary to measure the amount of wall space you have available. This will help you determine the right size of your mantel shelf.
Does it Match Your Home Design?
There are several mantel shelf designs, materials, colors, and textures to choose from, which can make it difficult to decide on the right traditional mantel shelf. Therefore, when shopping for such a large accent piece, it becomes essential to keep your home decor in mind, and where the mantel shelf will be mounted. These criteria will help you narrow down your search and make the task simpler. Keeping the decor in mind also makes it easy to select a mantel shelf that will complement your fireplace and make the room more appealing.
Fireplace Tools, Chimney Caps, and Other Fireplace Accessories
When you start shopping for fireplace accessories, you'll find a wide range of options. Some are necessities if you have wood-burning fireplace, some help conserve energy, and some are simply for convenience and decoration. Below you'll find descriptions of the most common fireplace accessories.
Fireplace Tool Sets
Most fireplace tool sets consist of an iron, chrome, steel, or brass stand that holds four tools: brush, shovel, poker, and tongs. You should choose a tool set that complements your fireplace screen because it usually sits on the hearth next to the screen.
Fireplace screens stand in front of the fireplace opening to prevent ash or sparks from leaving the fireplace, and pets and children from coming in contact with the fire. Every wood or gas-burning fireplace should have a screen. Electric fireplaces usually don't require screens.
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