As 2013 winds down, exciting new trends have begun to emerge in fireplace mantel decorating. While the 2012 season showcased designs made to impress with intricate details, the 2013 season focused on bringing it back to the basics — and it doesn’t look like the trend will disappear in 2014.
Whether it be wood, granite or marble, choosing the material for your fireplace mantel is the first and most important step with 2013 home designing. Professional designers encouraged homeowners to experiment with varying textures and multiple materials for their fireplace mantels, though, and the trend looks like it will continue well on into 2014. The Bennington Wood Fireplace Mantel combines a traditional wood mantel with granite or marble facing, making it a perfect addition to any modern home.
2013 also encouraged homeowners to play around with geometric shapes in a fireplace. Alternating clean cut, straight edges with various sized circles, triangles, squares and rectangles are easy ways to showcase your personal style. The Glacier Fireplace Mantel is one of the best examples of the interplay of geometric shapes. With the alternating straight lines, simple corner squares and small circles, it is still an instant hunt with customers. The geometric faces could also be incorporated into other aspects of the room’s design with pillows, vases and lamps.
Pops of color
The trend of painting fireplaces bright colors died down when 2013 began as darker, richer paint colors became more popular. For many homeowners, the rich tones meant staining darker woods. Poplar, oak, hemlock, pine, and cherry are all woods that stain beautifully. The dark tones also added an element of sophistication to any living room and encouraged bright colors to be used in other areas of home decorating.
Simple is, was and will be better. For many families who opted for a built in fireplace unit without a full mantel, a mantel shelf was an easy addition for 2013 home decorating. Like a full fireplace mantel, the mantel shelf could be as intricate as you wanted, as darkly painted as you wanted, or as plain as you wanted. The Weston Fireplace Mantel Shelf’s varying straight lines helps to create an allusion of different geometric patterns. In addition, the dark painted wood set the backdrop for a simple, elegant living room.
Although fashion trends change seemingly every month, it appears 2013 home design trends will continue to thrive. Varying shapes, rich earthy tones and the interplay of textures in fireplace mantels created plenty of elegant homes in 2013. As 2013 comes to a close, be sure to include some of these designs in your 2014 decorating.