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4 Contemporary Mantels for the Modern Home

A contemporary home decorating scheme focuses on straight lines, simplistic features and little details. In addition, modern homes focus on bold statement pieces and strong contrasting colors. A fireplace is the best statement piece for a modern home, but large ornamental fireplaces are often viewed as “too” traditional or bulky. To help you kick start your modern décor here’s a look at some contemporary mantels from Mantels Direct.

The straight lines of the Hayden Cast Stone Mantel make it a perfect addition to the modern home.

The straight lines of the Hayden Cast Stone Mantel make it a perfect addition to the modern home.

1) Make it functional

With its clean cut look, the Hayden Cast Stone Mantel is one of the top decisions for a contemporary home. A sharp white will make a great contrast against any other patterns or textures in the room. Modern décor stresses functionality, and the Hayden does just that with its adjustable, lightweight panels allowing you to make the frame, and installation, just the way you like it.

2) Add a pop of color

Marble may seem like its traditional, but with the right color selection your marble mantel could easily become one of the more impressive modern features of your home. Consider the green or black marble mantel colors. A green marble is unique, and it could easily become the pop of color, and focal point, you’re aiming for in a room.

The Clark Stone Shelf can easily become a mantel for any built-in or wall-mount electric fireplace.

The Clark Stone Shelf can easily become a mantel for any built-in or wall-mount electric fireplace.

3) Be creative

A modern wall mount electric fireplace may not have room for a mantel, so why not consider adding a simple shelf over it? The shelf creates the allusion of a mantel and doesn’t take away from the attractive design the electric fireplace presents. The Clark Stone Mantel Shelf is the perfect frame for an electric fireplace.

The contrasting textures on the Bennington mantel would create an interesting focal point to any modern room.

The contrasting textures on the Bennington mantel would create an interesting focal point in any modern room.

4) Aim for contrasts

Two textures can be used on the same mantel with the help of a fireplace surround and a fireplace mantel. The contrast creates an eye-catching design. It’s also a great way to make a wood mantel more contemporary in its design. Consider the look created by the Bennington mantel. The dark hue of the wood mantel blends perfectly with the granite surround. When paired with the right furniture and a few art pieces, you’ll have transformed your fireplace and your living room.

Clean cut edges and smooth finishes can make for striking details in a room. A modern living room is more than that, though. A modern living room is functional, creative and unique. With these four contemporary designs and the fireplace of your dreams, your living area is well on its way to becoming the focal point of your entire home.

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