I heart a good fireplace y’all. I don’t care if it’s faux or not, it’s all amazing! Since we are currently living in a rental home, faux errrrythang has been my friend! We have a beautiful chippy white mantle in our living room and it is hands down my fav-o-rite piece we own!
A little backstory on our mantle: I bought it at an antiques market the day before the movers were coming to our house to pack up our things. I should mention that I swore up and down to the my sweet husband before I went to that antiques market that I would not buy any piece of furniture. Maybe a nicknack or two but that’s it. Scouts Honor😂! Ya see, we were down sizing to a smaller home and it would be a stretch to fit everything we already had. Did I mention we were selling our house and moving in a week? Oh but y’all… I saw her and it was love at first sight! I quickly bought it and strapped that baby to the top of my itty bitty car and drove it home. You should’ve seen the look on his face when I got home. He is so good to me though guys. He just silently helped me take it inside!
With our faux mantle up in our rental home, I struggled with what to insert in the actual hearth area though and I thought that a lot of other people probably do as well! If you are in a current situation where faux has to be your friend too, I’ve come up with some gorgeous faux fireplace insert inspiration for ya!
Add Some Textya’ :
This beautiful classic herringbone pattern that Rebecca from Make & Do Studio came up with for her faux fireplace insert stopped in my in my tracks you guys! This adds so much interest with the pattern of the different wood tones and texture. You can visit her site here and see how she did it.
Chalkboard It Up:
How about a chalkboard wall behind the mantle seen here from Toni at A Bowl Full of Lemons? I love the contrast between the wood of the mantle and the chalkboard wall! How cute that she has recipes written on it! The possibilities of things to write would be endless! Even a quote would be amazing!
Books On Books:
I love the idea of adding old book pages like Janet did from The Decorating Diaries. What a great way to showcase your favorite books or sheet music from your favorite songs!
When In Doubt, Layer It Out:
How perfect is this layered decor look from Thoughts From Alice (Not to mention the beautiful collected mantle)?! When in doubt, let your faux fireplace insert be some decor. I love the potted plant mixed with the old wood shutters. You could even layer some picture frames, tall candle sticks, or baskets as well!
Architectural Details Always:
I love love love love this mantle complete with a faux brick chimney you guys! I was stunned when I learned how easy it was to create it. Head over to Deb’s blog Seeking Lavender Lane to see how she did it!
Fake It Till You Make It:
Let some logs be your faux fireplace insert and make it look like the real thing like Lauren does with her mantle on Bless’er House. Visit her there and you’ll see how she makes this whole thing from scratch!
If you need to have a faux mantle. And I think ya know you do😉, this post has some great inspiration on what exactly to do with the space inside those beautiful pieces!