While you may want the authenticity of a full fireplace installation in your home, the expense of tearing out your existing fireplace completely can get remarkably high. If you are to purchase only the antique mantel, however (and many companies sell the restored mantels as separate pieces), then you can have all of the beauty of an antique fireplace without the difficulty of tearing out your existing fireplace or the expense and inconvenience of a lengthy installation.
Installing an antique mantel without the antique fireplace base is not a sacrifice of style or of anything else. This compromise between the modern and the antique is the perfect blend of function and beauty for your home. The antique mantel (they are sold from as far back as the Georgian period) will add style to your home while your modern chimney piece keeps it as safe as possible, and keeps you from dealing with having your whole living room torn apart.
Imagine the wonder of dining in front of a fireplace, just like one that Louis XVI of France may have dined before. Transport yourself back in time with your antique mantel, to any range of periods from which these fireplaces were rescued. Your fireplace mantel may have come from the home of a duke or even of a king. You may not know the exact site from which your mantelpiece has come, but you will know the period.
Each antique mantel has been lovingly restored from centuries of use. Smoke stains are cleared away and your antique fireplace mantel is revealed in all its glory, as it was when it was first created for the manor home of some long-dead lord. The wood or stone or metal of your mantel has been restored in beauty and will add a touch of the past to your home from the moment that it is installed there.
An antique fireplace can be a beautiful and unique addition to your home, but before you commit yourself to too much labor, time, and money, consider installing an antique fireplace mantel over your existing fireplace. These antique mantels are beautiful and historical, and are much easier to install and own than a full antique fireplace. If you are looking for a piece of décor that will elevate your home from average to amazing, then you are looking in the right direction to be considering an antique fireplace mantel. Bring hundreds of years of history into your home, and be delighted with the results of your antique fireplace mantel.
Richard Billington is part of Westland London, a UK based company specialising in antique mantels and fireplaces. Westland London offer a wide range of antiques from various periods of history.