Fireplace mantels originated during the medieval times; they first appeared as mundane steel grates hanging over open fire pits but eventually turned from ugly ducklings to beautiful ornamental pieces, covering the fireplaces in stately mansions inhabited by the most sophisticated members of English Renaissance society. With a rustic fireplace mantel, you can make your home look fit for a king or queen. These mantels serve functional purposes by retaining heat from fires below and are perfect for displaying warm candles, lanterns, and other household objects. Mantels also serve aesthetic purposes and set the theme for a room's interior design. For a truly noble look, you might choose a stone fireplace mantel. Beautiful stones such as marble, granite, and limestone made the mantelpieces of 17th and 18th century royal palaces, complementing stately interior styles of Classic, French, Victorian, and Gothic architecture. Expert craftspeople molded and finished these stones to create elaborate carved ends, trailing vines, and other decorations for a dramatic effect. For a softer look, a wood fireplace mantel makes a nice choice. Wood was the first material used to make mantels and remains a common mantelpiece material today. It is lighter in weight and less expensive than stone and also resists staining and rusting. Look for a rustic fireplace mantel in a variety of sturdy materials on eBay, where reliable sellers offer many exquisite items to keep your house warm on the coldest nights.
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