10 Mantelpiece Ideas, From Material Inspiration to Styling Tips

a living room with an open fire
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If you're specifically seeking out mantelpiece ideas, chances are your fireplace opening doesn't have a classic surround which incorporates a mantel. However, this can free you up to get creative with your mantelpiece, while still creating an effective focal point for your living room. 

There are all kinds of materials, styles and creative ways to incorporate other fireplace ideas into your mantel design that are worth exploring, each bringing a different sense of character to your space. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.