Country Style Mantels and Fireplaces

All my adult life I’ve wanted a room with a beautiful fireplace but so far I’ve never owned a house with a functional fireplace. My parents’ house had a gorgeous stone fireplace that stretched up one wall of the vaulted living room. It was pretty impressive and is probably the reason for my desire to have one. For now, I have a faux mantel that’s pretty enough for me. Today I’m sharing a collection of mantels and fireplaces to warm your spirits.


A beautiful stone fireplace creates a beautiful focal point in a country style living room. The simple wood mantel echoes the gorgeous wood beams overhead. This room is the perfect place to light a fire and enjoy a snowy day.

Mantels and Fireplaces


Another stone fireplace warms a traditional style living room with vaulted ceiling. Application of the same stone work on the walls blends well with the fireplace itself.

Photo by Eldorado Stone


Create a perfect mix of stone and painted wood by using a painted mantel surround on a rustic stone fireplace.

Traditional White Mantel


Light gray brick creates an elegant fireplace.

Photo by Cynthia Lynn Photography


This stone fireplace makes an architectural statement with its narrowing size the taller it gets.

Photo by Kim Bartley Design


A mix of stone and painted wood creates a unique fireplace in a European style family room.

Photo by Stonewood, LLC


Mantels and fireplaces look great in a variety of textiles. This dark brick fireplace provides texture and warmth.

Brick Fireplace


Outdoor fireplaces are wonderful in all seasons of the year!

Outdoor Fireplace


An Early American mantel and fireplace has been stripped of layers of paint to reveal its original gorgeous wood grain.

Photo by Crisp Architects



If you don’t have a fireplace but like the look, consider adding a faux mantel to a room. You can find vintage mantels at flea markets, antique stores, and even resale shops.

Photo by Jute Interior Design


If you find a vintage mantel in poor shape, take it home and paint it. These can often be economical treasures!



Paint the mantel white, or give it a coat of dark paint for a bit of drama.

Photo by Aston Matthews


A wood mantel is positioned so that it’s the first thing you see when you walk into this cozy bedroom.

Wood Mantel in Bedroom


I found my vintage mantel a couple of years ago in a local resale shop. I’m thinking about painting it the same gray that you see on the window frame above it. What do you think?  Leave it white or paint it gray?

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  1. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says

    I think it would look great painted grey, though it is lovely as it is! Yes, we just moved into our new home last Saturday. We have a stacked stone fireplace with a stone mantel and hearth.

  2. I think it would stand out more painted gray.

  3. Paint it gray! If you don’t like it,you can always repaint it. 😃

  4. I think it would be more noticeable painted gray, but then I’m a big fan of the color gray. It goes with absolutely everything. I do have a modern style gray & beige porcelain tile floor to (9ft) ceiling fireplace with a boxy black mantle in my little 1200 sq ft home. And, as you can imagine, trying to arrange furniture in my “great” room, which is in the middle of my house, with both the fireplace and TV as focal points, is very difficult since I can’t make myself put the TV above the mantle and put holes in the beautiful porcelain tile. We always say we want what’s current and trending – open concept rooms and a fireplace wall, but sometimes we need to be careful what we wish for. 🙂

  5. We do have a non working fireplace with a mantle that I love to decorate. Honestly your mantle will look great painted or as is. Go with your gut, you haven’t seemed to be wrong yet!

  6. Thanks for the post. I loved seeing all the different mantels. I just stayed at a Vermont bed and breakfast that was built in the 1700’s… and they had one of those fireplaces the length of a wall, that was the kitchen stove, whole house heating system, you name it. So beautiful and rustic.
    I’d paint your mantel black, with a little distressing. I think that would be striking. Right now it seems to blend in with the wall a bit too much.

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