Unique Materials for Fireplace Mantels

The fireplace mantel is an important surface within the home where families often place their photos on display. It’s also a natural focal point that the human eye can’t help but take a look at. But when the mantel itself is a work of art, there’s little to no need for predictable extras.

The fireplace is an obvious location to install stone in the home. Together, fire and stone create a harmonious, warm and classic atmosphere. It’s also the perfect focal point during the rough winter season. This cozy living space is a great spot to catch up with friends over coffee.

Over-accessorizing the mantel is a mistake you’ll want to avoid. Too many knick knacks will create a feeling of clutter, which is not relaxing. A simple pairing of large urns on either side here is more than sufficient. After all, the floor-to-ceiling stacked stonework is what’ll really catch everyone’s attention. Even so, the mantel doesn’t feel unfinished or bare – there’s a happy balance.

A mantel with a metallic finish like this one needs no further adornment. Some people may think that a bare mantel needs a predictable vase or picture frame, but that’s not always the case. The combination of rugged stone, metal and tile here will give you plenty to admire. Materials like these are perfect for creating a one-of-a-kind mountain-style home design.

For centuries, natural stone has been trusted and admired for its strength, durability and longevity. But we can’t forget the beautiful masterpieces that can be created. This natural stone fireplace mantel looks perfect just a few feet away from a peaceful, inspiring and equally natural view.

This rare wood piece above the fireplace is surely a sight to see. It’s not your traditional mantel, which makes it a distinctive and unique feature in this home.

These rooms are so inviting, don’t you think? Paul Berg Design Associates would love to design a custom fireplace mantel that you’ll enjoy for years to come. Contact us to find out how our team of design experts can bring out the best in your home! 

Hanging Works of Art

Art can be so important to interior design that it should never be just an afterthought. When I introduce wall art to a space, I consider it carefully, including details such as how it should be positioned on the wall, the size of the work of art and how it affects the overall design.

This open space would be dull without the splashes of color this work of art provides. Blank, white walls provide the ideal backdrop for hanging art. Because each are detailed and colorful, I gave them a designated space on the wall to prevent overcrowding.

Large paintings like this one serve well as a primary art piece or focal point. The nearby sculptures don’t detract from the overwhelming sense of majesty — their similarity to persons portrayed in the painting only enhances it. One almost senses the sculptures are sentries, holding watchful vigil.

A mammoth stone mantel is the perfect backdrop for this immense painting, which contains enough southwestern flair to fit in with the room’s rustic style. Black chairs tie in with the black in the painting to bring design cohesion. We illuminated it to prevent the dark colors from fading into the stone background.

This painting enhances every element in the room above. The background is nearly the same color as the nearby walls, aiding the design flow rather than hindering it. The frame delineates the painting just enough without overpowering it, and nearby pottery underscores the art’s theme.

The style of this dining room is elegant, but also possesses a laid-back charm typical of most southwestern design. We chose art that injects comfortable charm, inviting guests to relax and take things easy for a while. Its colors connect with the decor, and we hung it low enough to be at eye level for everyone seated to see.

I love bringing out the beauty of a space with art. When you’re ready for an amazing change, contact Paula Berg Design Associates for all of your home design needs.