A fireplace is often the centerpiece of a room, and a well-chosen mantel can take it from drab to fab. One popular trend that has been gaining traction in recent years and shows no sign of slowing is using reclaimed wood to create a rustic and unique look. Paired with reclaimed wood corbels, a reclaimed wood mantel can add character and charm to your fireplace. Here's everything you need to know about creating a reclaimed wood mantel with corbels.
What is Reclaimed Wood?
Reclaimed wood is wood that has been salvaged from old structures, such as barns, factories, and other historic structures. This wood has character and history that can't be replicated with new wood. Often, reclaimed wood is more durable than new wood because it has already withstood the test of time and is of an old growth variety. Using reclaimed wood is also the eco-friendly choice because it repurposes material that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
What are Corbels?
Corbels are decorative brackets that support a mantel. They can be made from various materials, such as wood, metal, or stone. Corbels add visual interest and can help balance the weight of a heavy mantel. Reclaimed wood corbels may not be used to actually support the full weight of the mantel. Many prefer to rigidly mount the mantel to the wall structure then mount the corbels snug to the bottom of the mantel for appearance.
Choosing the Right Reclaimed Wood
When selecting reclaimed wood for your mantel and corbels, it's important to choose a size and visual texture that is appropriate for look and flow of your space. For example, if you have a modern home with clean lines, a hand-hewn mantel may look out of place. On the other hand, a sleek, polished mantel may clash with a cozy, cabin-like atmosphere. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to mixing lines and textures so don't feel constrained by what "The Jones' chose". The contrast of a hand-hewn mantel with its rustic choppy axe marks can create more visual intrigue than the smoother more angular lines of a rough sawn mantel. Only you will know what completes the look. Species isn't as important as you might think since a mantel is chosen for its "look", not its grain. This is because the grain is hidden by the aged patina that makes reclaimed wood so desirable. Go for the look in the end because that's what ultimately matters.
Designing Your Reclaimed Wood Mantel with Corbels
Once you've selected your mantel and corbel texture, it's time to choose your mantel and corbel sizes. The size of your mantel should be proportionate to the size of your fireplace and the room. A mantel that is too small will look out of place, while a mantel that is too large can overwhelm the space. The corbels should be positioned to visually support the mantel evenly and should be spaced appropriately for the size of the mantel.
Installing Your Reclaimed Wood Mantel with Corbels
Installing a mantel can be a DIY project, but it's essential to follow safety guidelines and local codes. A professional contractor can help ensure that your mantel is installed correctly and safely.
In conclusion, a reclaimed wood mantel with corbels is a beautiful and timeless combination to any fireplace. It adds warmth, character, charm, and visual appeal to your space. With the right selection of reclaimed wood and corbels, you can create a unique look that will be the envy of everyone who enjoys the space.
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