The style has been chosen, the colours matched to perfection, and the window treatments installed. But, as you look at the finished template, you can’t help but feel that something is lacking. Add a surround of creative mouldings and notice what a fresh new appearance takes place.
Mouldings are not just used as trim around ceilings and doorways, but can be used to exaggerate ceilings and walls. Depending on the particular style, the ability to accent with flawless custom wood pieces can introduce a prestigious gracefulness or a cozy, inviting feeling. Fir, oak and maple mouldings are known for rejuvenating a space with natural warmness while sustainable sleek Polyurethane provides flexibility for a more modern or traditional look.
Not all rooms are negotiable to straight, even lines. In fact, when designing an older home or loft in a once-commercial building, precision in design is often needed for a proportionate appearance. Certain styles, such as French decor, call for curves and medallions that accentuate a romantic, peaceful feeling. On the other hand, bold door mantels and caps can help to bring an invigorating presence to boring walls and doorways. Uneven walls do not have to limit the use of mouldings when you work with a company that has spent decades in custom designs. Custom pieces, cut to precision, can eliminate unsightly imperfections.
Consider the ceilings of a sparsely decorated, open living area. By placing a geometric design of mouldings throughout a bare ceiling, a modern, sophisticated work of art will emerge. The right professional hand can create a stunning display that not only pulls a room together, but can change the entire atmosphere of the area.
Before settling for a room that seems to lack the uniqueness and aesthetic feel that you really want, contact us for innovative ideas that will shape up your rooms with professional design.
Fireplace mantels not only decorate an otherwise ordinary looking fireplace, but they also serve a functional purpose. You can easily display knick knacks, family photos and other valuables representing the past. When you have a place to show off your family heirlooms, you don’t need a separate shelf, which helps you conserve space in a small room.
These mantels come in a wide range of styles, ranging from rustic and natural to contemporary and elegant. When choosing a fireplace mantel, it helps to know what’s available and the features of each type.
Fireplace Mantel Materials
There are several types of materials used in constructing fireplace mantels.
- Wood—Most fireplace mantels are made from wood as it’s a material builders can easily work with. It’s also the most affordable material. Unlike stone mantels, you paint or stain wood mantels. What’s more, wood can be carved and manipulated to make various styles and shapes. Wood mantels come in oak, cherry, cedar and in other hardwoods.
- Brick—Brick mantels are ideal for creating different looks. The kind of appearance you want to create depends on the brick colour and type of brick. Because it’s exceptionally heavy, a brick mantel needs additional support.
- Tile—You can find tile in a wide range of finishes, colours and styles. To make a tile mantle look contemporary, don’t include shelves.
- Stone and rock—These mantels continue to be popular as these materials are especially resilient to damage. For a more natural appearance, use cultured stone. Stone options include river rock, granite, limestone, concrete and others.
- Marble—For a rich, elegant look, use marble mantels. Because this material is extremely hard, it looks best in a formal room. Marble is known for its longevity and durability.
- Metal—A metal mantel can look either contemporary or historical, such as a Victorian style that’s finished with hand-rubbed gold.
Considerations and Warnings
- Besides marble, don’t choose granite, slate or limestone if you’re looking for a pastoral or a natural look.
- Antique mantels are typically too large for new fireplaces because antique fireplaces were much bigger than contemporary fireplaces. Therefore, you’ll need to decide how much of your mantel needs trimming so that it fits correctly. Be sure that any alterations you make won’t compromise on the appearance you want to depict.
- Consider how much wall space you have around and above your fireplace.
- Wood mantels need sufficient clearance from combustible items on their sides and top.
The Finishing Store has been providing high quality home furnishings, including mantels, mouldings, flooring, closets, stairs and windows for Victorian and Nanaimo residents for more than 60 years. Please contact us for all your finishing needs.