ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Rustic Mantels - How To Decorate A Fireplace Mantel

Updated on January 27, 2012
Display trophies in a prominent place!
Display trophies in a prominent place!

Fireplace Mantels In Rustic Wood

Instead of a traditional finished wood mantel, you might want to go with something more natural if your décor is rustic. We actually harvested our own wood and had the builder install it for us but you can purchase rustic mantels as well. A mantel is such a focal point in a room and is deserving of your most prized possessions or handcrafted décor.

Now, my husband is an avid hunter and I must say that I have given him a special room for most of his trophies. His ducks however,are so darn cute! They have been allowed the esteemed position of the fireplace mantel. We couldn't just plunk them there and call it good - that might not do them justice. I added a vase of cattails, an antique binocular case filled with birch branches and an antler for good measure. A handcrafted birch lamp adds some extra glow.

Whatever your main focal point might be for your rustic setting, make sure to support it with some rustic accessories or natural elements. Pinecones or acorns, put in the right containers, make good decorating pieces. Dried flowers, twigs or branches all look great in an antique of some sort. It could be a fishing creole, tackle box or shell box. There are endless possibilities. They key is displaying them artistically.

For the holidays, combine rustic and Christmas accessories together for a rustic Christmas blend!

rustic fireplace mantel
rustic fireplace mantel
fireplace decor
fireplace decor

Use Less Larger Items

If you have a large item to display on the mantel, which is a focal point itself, keep other items to a minimum. You want the area to be a showcase, not a cluttered miscellaneous collection of favorite items.

You can see the changes I made in the two rustic pictures.  When I added the large shadow box, in the second picture, I needed to take away some items.  I removed the antlers and the vase with the cattails.  I brought the cattails down to the hearth below.  That helped to tie the whole them of the fireplace in together.

Bring other items down to the hearth to continue the décor theme. In this way, you are tying the whole fireplace together with a common theme and it is easy on the eye.

If you are going to showcase a large item, pick a nice piece of art or a significant conversation piece.

Simple and serene.
Simple and serene.

Elegant Rustic or Cottage Style

A casual setting or cottage style can also be quite elegant when décor is kept simple and streamlined. This mantel is simply flanked with matching rustic  lamps. The pattern is then repeated with Pottery Barn vases filled with long grass from a craft store. One picture in the middle completes the look. The colors are all earthy and toned down, making the objects harmonize rather than compete for attention. The overall effect is soothing to the eye.

The mantel itself is just painted white.  To give it a more rustic feel, you could roughly sand half of the paint off leaving some areas white.  This gives it a weathered look and can be very comfortable depending on the look you are going for.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • gr82bme profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      You have great and easy to do ideas. I do not understand why more have not visited your hub!

    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Here I am again! Collecting as much information from your custom ideas as I can. I have a white mantel against rust colored rock fireplace and didn't have a clue as to how to decorate it. Thanks so much. I am havving a ball! :)vocalcoach


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)