Best of Both: Fireplace Surround and Mantel Faux Finishes

The goal for this remodeled keeping room was to create a tasteful blend of rustic style
with traditional furnishings. It was apparent that the new white mantel was inconsistent
with the cozy ambiance of this space, and being so large, it completely overpowered the room. Instead,
it needed to act as a unifying element between the rough sawn beams, the antique bricks
and the inviting leather chairs.

builder basic fireplace before Fireplace after faux finish

The design process:

The size of this feature alone was enough to overpower this room. By using 2 different faux
techniques, we broke it down to create the illusion of 2 smaller architectural features-
the mantel and the surrounding frame. Inspired by the beams, an aged wood graining
technique (faux bois) was applied to the mantel. The surrounding frame worked to
outline the mantel by giving it the illusion of old reclaimed wood. Dividing it into
sections with separate painted finishes inserted more personality and made the scale appear to fit better with the space.


Although this mantel was brand new, the application of these faux techniques created an impression of authentically aged materials. When updating your home or working with crisp, clean-lined architectural features, remember that decorative artistry is a good option for creating harmony in the space. It allows you to create the illusion of character that only happens over time. Yes, you CAN have the best of both worlds.

Design by Jane Hollman of Studio Entourage

What are your thoughts about this mantel make over? We welcome your feedback below.


  1. Jennifer Pino says

    Great job with this – love it!

  2. Fantastic job!

  3. Ed Wheeler says

    Too cool! Totally changes the entire room.

  4. Looks amazing. Your work always does.

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