If there is one thing I could add to my apartment aside from more space it would be a fireplace. I don’t even care if it works, I just love the way a fireplace becomes the focal point of a room. More specifically I love the possibilities of a fireplace mantel for displaying stuff. There are so many striking ways to style them. When I recently took photos for Jessica and Will’s house tour, I fell in love with their funny little electric faux fireplace. What I liked was that it added an architectural feel to their dining room.
If you are like me and lack a fireplace, here are some ways to add one or at least a way to suggest one.
Buy A Mantel
Duh! There are tons of places where you can buy a mantel. They can vary in price, but I’ve seen wood mantels for under $200. Once you buy one, all you have to do is put it up against the wall and there you go!
Gel and Electric Fireplaces
If you want to have a more realistic fireplace, then check out gel and electric options. To me, they feel a bit bulky for a New York apartment, but if fire (or fake fire) is a big incentive for adding a fireplace then these are worth a look.
Add A Wall Mounted Shelf
Some apartments and homes have areas that already suggest a fireplace. If you live in a pre-war apartment, you may not have a fireplace, but chances are you have a place where a fireplace used to be. Usually the wall juts out a few inches. To build off of this architectural element, you can add a wall mounted shelf to suggest a fireplace mantel. Sometimes this is all you need to do the trick.
If you are feeling really ambitious and creative, you could build your own mantel. Here are links to some DIY projects.