Just about everyone who has a fireplace in their home has a fireplace mantel. Fireplace mantels make fireplaces and adjacent hearths look complete. They also provide a nice place to display artwork, books, or collectibles, and if you celebrate Christmas, you'll need one from which to hang the stockings with care! The fireplace and mantel are often the focal point of a room, so much thought should be put into choosing the right one for your decorating style.
Generally speaking, fireplace mantels are available in two main styles. The first is the mantel shelf. With this style, a shelf sits above the fireplace. The other style is the fireplace surround mantel.