Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy

Aug 15, 2007 |  by  |  Craftsman Archives  |  Share

These are hands down the best craftsman style fireplace mantels on the web. I challenge anyone to find one that should be included in this list. Let me know if you’ve found something better than what I have here by leaving a comment and if it’s as good as you think, it just may end up on the list. Click on any of the images below to view a larger version.
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fireplace3.thumbnail Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy1. From The Craftsman Home, this mantel’s thick, flanking columns are what I like most about this one. Really makes it feel substantial and solid. I also like the arched opening and the dark inset tile. Although they are very different from one another, for me, it’s a toss-up between this one and the one below to take top honors.
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furniture scultpuredotcom.thumbnail Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy2. From furnituresculpture.com, this is a simple design but the sheer length of it makes it unique. Also love the stonework more so than the inset tile included in some of the designs below. I’d like it if the mantel had a bit more depth to it and if the opening were a bit wider with a slight upper arch. As it is now, it’d be difficult to put any decor on the shelf and with no built-in screen it’s not very child-friendly.
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fireplace1.thumbnail Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy 3. Though I’ve always liked stonework more than tiles, these have great earthy colors and just enough detail to make it unique but not too ornate. I also love how it stretches from floor to ceiling and though the lights add a nice, warm touch, I like the idea of a more substantial piece of artwork being placed above the mantle, which this particular design would not allow due to space issues. If the tiles were a few shades darker like design #4, this one would be in contention for the #2 slot.
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fireplace2.thumbnail Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy 4. This design has a lot of clean lines, yet the design seems more intricate than many of the others in this list. I love the darker wood and as I mentioned above, the tiles darker tones provide a feeling that’s richer and warmer than the one above. Not sure what that wimpy plant on the mantle is all about – some quality decor could really make this fireplace pop.
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fireplace4.thumbnail Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy5. Also from The Craftsman Home. This one offers simple, clean lines – and I like the thickness of the mantle and brackets. The hearth could use some additional detail, seems very plain and almost doesn’t flow well with the color of the surrounding tile. The screen is rather clumsy looking and from this angle the columns seem a bit disproportionate with the mantle itself. They could stand to have a bit more
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woodworkingdotcom.thumbnail Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy6. From finewoodworking.com, this mantel is an overmantel that’s simply built with four panels and a 2-1/4-in thick mantel shelf.” Fairly simple (if you’re good with wood) yet offers a classic look. I’d prefer a darker stain and something about the white brick just doesn’t scream Craftsman to me. The picture does this mantel no justice and I have a sense – the plates, the flowers – looks like something my blind uncle would do.
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fireplace6.thumbnail Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy7. This one, in my opinion is a bit over the top (something about the columns that look inverted), but it still has many common craftsman design elements and is definitely high quality work. This is another situation similar to the overmantel above, where the fireplace itself leaves something to be desired. It could use some warmer colors on the surrounding walls and the Asian style accessories almost seem too ornate. The overall package could use some help – something to compliment the beauty of the woodwork.

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