Setting the Stage: Fireplace & Mantel Styling
A living room fireplace is a natural spot for gathering around with family and friends. Whether you’re feeling cozy on a dreary day, getting festive for the holidays or special occasions, or if you want to create a sense of romance or fun, a fireplace with its accompanying mantel can help create the right ambiance.
Beyond the traditional winter holiday settings, a fireplace can set the tone all year long for relaxing weekends, game nights, or just catching up over coffee or cocktails. When you have a large group but not enough chairs and couch space, floor cushions can make guests comfortable and add to the atmosphere. Keep a few soft blankets in baskets nearby, and start the flames.
The mood doesn’t have to come from a wood burning fireplace. An energy efficient, modern gas fireplace offers the same appeal with a lot of conveniences. Gas fireplaces are easy to use – they turn on and off with a simple flip of a switch. They also require little maintenance: no need to shovel ashes or messy debris after logs have burned. There’s no smoke or sparks with gas fireplaces, either. Get creative with decorating your mantel and feel free to change it up with the seasons or the vibe you’re seeking.
- Bring the outdoors in with some greenery or foliage in tall vases.
- Set up an assortment of photos or artwork in mismatched frames in a color theme.
- Find a mirror with a frame that suits your personal style – it can hang above the fireplace or simply rest it on the mantel against the wall.
- Display a collection, instead of storing it out of the way or in boxes where it won’t be enjoyed.
All single-family floor plans in our new construction communities, except for condos, include a fireplace in the family room or great room. The fireplace is standard with a tile surround, and you have the option to upgrade the tile from the selection at our design center.
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