In addition to the warmth and ambience a fireplace brings, another benefit of having your own hearth is the upper mantel shelf. Mantels provide extra storage, and are especially fun to dress up throughout the holidays. If your home doesn’t have a fireplace of its own, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out this holiday decorating staple. Create a mantel-like display using free-floating shelves, a salvaged piece of molding, or a faux firebox unit to display decor.
Using a store-bought crown molding ledge, Liz Marie Blog decorated this shelf with white and mirror accents.
Home Made Lovely gives step-by-step instructions on how to build this distressed mantel, and swears it’s easier than it looks.
Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog shares behind the scene details on how she doubled up on floating shelves to create this display.
Decorchick adorned her mantel ledge with a $15 watercolor print, jade mason jars, and some fresh florals.
This DIY mantel got a neutral makeover from Table & Hearth. Get the details at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body.
If you’re feeling ambitious, fake the whole thing! We are blown away by this authentic-looking fireplace that The Aqua House created for Make It & Love It.