Rustic fireplace mantels add a charming architectural focal point to your home. Incorporate these ideas for a fireplace that fits your home's aesthetic.
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Natural materials and roughhewn textures are key to the rustic style that creates comfortable, inviting interiors. It's an aesthetic that emphasizes warmth and coziness and would hardly be complete without a fireplace. Often clad in natural stone or red brick, many fireplaces naturally take on a rugged look, but you can add even more character with a rustic mantel design. Carved stone, reclaimed wood, and chippy paint finishes can all form the perfect complement to your fireplace. Draw inspiration from one of these rustic fireplace mantels to introduce warmth and charm to your home.

brick and painted green wood fireplace
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1. Painted Rustic Mantel

An earthy shade of green accentuates the fireplace mantel in this rustic living room. The color beautifully complements the worn red brick of the surround and hearth. The mantel's simple lines and painted finish put a modern spin on rustic style.

living room fireplace remodel wood paneling
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2. Wood Beam Mantel

Clad in reclaimed barnwood planks, this fireplace design is rooted in farmhouse style. The boards were installed vertically the emphasize the height of vaulted ceilings. For the finishing touch, a hand-hewn beam was installed as a rustic fireplace mantel and decorated with simple country-inspired accessories.

brick fireplace with mantel decor
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3. Rustic Mantel Decor

Dress up a simple fireplace with rustic mantel decor to instantly add charm where it may be lacking. Here, an antique wood-framed mirror, flanked by vintage-look sconces, serves as the focal point above the fireplace. Flea-market finds and nature-inspired art layer in additional character on the rustic wood mantel.

living room stone fireplace
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4. Rustic Wood Mantel

This cozy lodge makes the fireplace a focal point with its broad facade and use of fieldstone. Showcasing a variety of shapes, colors, and textures, the stone forms a character-rich backdrop for a rustic fireplace mantel. The rough-hewn timber mantel ties in perfectly with the weathered wood beams and paneling that envelop the space.

rustic dining room fireplace panel
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5. Chippy Painted Mantel

Worn painted finishes transform any mantel into a rustic centerpiece. This traditional fireplace surround and paneled wall display a coat of white that appears worn away from years of exposure. You can create the look by distressing the wood with various tools and painting the surface with chalk paint. Once dry, sand the finish here and there to partially expose the wood and promote rustic character.

arched doorway carved mantel
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6. Carved Wood Fireplace Mantel

Natural materials provide excellent fodder for rustic fireplace mantels. For example, this simply carved mantel and surround take advantage of the beautiful, earthy tones and natural imperfections of unfinished wood. The resulting architectural showpiece is both primitive and elegant.

fieldstone fireplace hand-chiseled bluestone
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7. Chiseled Stone Mantel

Sometimes just a hint of a mantel is enough to imbue a space with rustic character. This fieldstone fireplace brings textural drama to this living area while drawing attention to high ceilings. A swath of hand-chiseled bluestone nods to the architectural need for a mantel without distracting from the beautiful stonework.

Rustic fireplace mantel
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8. Country French Fireplace Mantel

Rustic fireplace mantels don't have to be dark and rugged. This country French living room features a white solid-limestone fireplace mantel and surround. The smooth yet unpolished surface pairs with pecky cypress walls and salvaged ceiling timbers to create an airy, unpretentious gathering space.

fall décor white plaster fireplace
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9. Floating Fireplace Mantel

Scour architectural salvage yards and flea markets to find a discarded element you could reimagine as a rustic fireplace mantel. In this living space, an unadorned white plaster fireplace wall sets off the worn character of a salvaged wood beam. The simplicity of the floating reclaimed wood mantel makes the room feel relaxed and inviting.

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10. Nature-Inspired Mantel

Enliven a rustic fireplace mantel design with nature-inspired decor. This cozy sitting area consists of club chairs slipcovered in Belgian linen and a small table topped with a vase of flowers. A landscape painting above the rustic fireplace mantel adds a splash of color and another nod to nature.

yellow pine fireplace
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11. Pine Wood Mantel

Yellow pine is the perfect material to evoke a cozy rural retreat. This rustic fireplace mantel showcases knotty imperfections that instill natural beauty in the living room. Beaded-board wainscoting and cozy layers of rugs and throws make this an inviting place to snuggle and read a good book.

limestone blocks fireplace
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12. Stone Fireplace Mantel

Ornate iron sconces and gilt-framed mirrors accentuate the old-world character of this rustic fireplace mantel. A crisp facade of limestone blocks establishes timeless elegance. The unpolished stone surfaces feature naturally occurring holes and pockets that reinforce the rustic look.

Comments (1)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
October 14, 2020
From meh, to downright ugly!