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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With some plywood, reclaimed wood, or chunky planks and two corbels, you can create an attractive table perfect for seasonal vignettes. These are great in nearly any room, and don’t take up a lot of space (since they’re simply attached to the wall instead of freestanding) so you can put them in hallways and entryways as well.
Dining Room Corbel Table // Fox Hollow Cottage
Entryway Corbel Table // Serendipity Refined
Salvaged Corbel Table // Home By Ally
Everyone’s got some shelves in their house – be it bookshelves, floating shelves or a simple ledge (perhaps even above a window). These spaces are ripe for holiday decorating. Your shelves may need to pull double duty as functional AND decorative, but it’s not difficult to carve out a little space for some home decor.
Ledge Shelf // Decor Chick
Industrial Style Floating Shelf // It’s a Grandville Life
Farmhouse Shelves // The Turquoise Home
Simple White Floating Shelves // Just a Girl and Her Blog
Small Entry Shelf // Thrifty Decor Chick
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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)!