Often a fireplace is the center of the home. As an obvious focal point, a fireplace is a natural meeting area and the mantel a natural spot to zero in on when we plan our decor. But what if you don’t have a fireplace in your home? If you spend time eyeing-up beautiful mantels on Pinterest, you may start to feel a little left out. There’s no shortage of mantel decor ideas for all seasons and holidays, but where do you start if a fireplace mantel isn’t part of the equation for you? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to create awesome seasonal focal points, and here are 30 fireplace mantel alternatives to get you started.
25+ Ideas for Fireplace Mantel Alternatives
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The most obvious replacement for an actual fireplace mantel is a faux fireplace mantel! A faux fireplace has a lot of pros – the whole look and feel of an actual fireplace, added ambiance and warmth, a large focal point for a blank wall, etc. And there are a lot of ways to go about creating one – from an actual built in fireplace with a chimney surround and hearth, to a simple free standing fireplace surround, to a completely fabricated faux fireplace from salvaged finds.
Faux Fireplace Built-In // Bless’er House for Remodelaholic
Simple Faux Mantel Surround // Rogue Engineer
Freestanding Faux Fireplace // Thoughts From Alice
Impermanent Salvaged Fireplace // Vintage Revivals
Piano tops are the next best thing to having an actual fireplace mantel! Pianos are generally large pieces of furniture that can easily create a statement and draw focus, so it’s natural to decorate the top. Instead of having a permanent decor vignette here, you can easily treat it as a mantel to decorate for the seasons or holidays. A console piano can be decorated just as easily as an upright, and if you find one too damaged to play, consider creating an incredible furniture piece, like a desk!
Upright Piano Top // Cherished Bliss
Piano Mantel // Cottage Magpie
Console Piano // A Year of Strategic Serendipity
Piano Desk Top // Knick of Time
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Don’t miss this post, detailing a faux fireplace built-in, from drawing plans, to starting the build and the finished reveal!
You can learn all the secrets to styling a mantel (or a mantel alternative!) here!
And these Spring Vignettes (for mantels and tables)!