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Pilaster Mantel Surround Designs

Pilaster Mantel Surround Designs
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Posted: 11-02-2010 16:25:38
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Pilaster Mantel Surround Designs

In the last mantel design page we mostly looked at column styled mantel surrounds. Of the styles, listed there are still many variations that we could think of. For example the double column mantel design could become a split column. There are also a wide variety of embellishments that could be added to any one of these designs such as hand carved corbels, wooden onlays and hand carved crown mouldings. A long corbel such as our lion face corbel and large fluted corbel will look fabulous on a shallow pilaster type mantel surround that I have sketched below the next picture. The next picture is a great example of the lion's face corbel used on pilasters in a mantel surround.

The finish, by the way, is called a "metalwood" finish and is offered by White River. Notice the rosette above the lion face corbel and the Medium Rosette with scroll in the center frieze area. In my pilaster mantel surround sketch below, I've added offsetting recessed panels in the frieze area. Another another option would be to add a hand carved frieze moulding as in the mantel surround above. If a frieze moulding (also the hand carved crowns) is used always be aware of the repeating patterns if mitering is necessary so that the patterns will meet at the miters.

My pilaster sketches all have corbels, but consider a hand carved capital and plinth instead of a corbel as in the photo below to simulate a Greek or Roman column.
So this is the basic shape of the pilaster surround mantel. But what would happen if you angled the pilasters for a different look. The pilasters in the sketch below are set at a 45 degree angle (more or less) with corbels set just below the mantel shelf.

"And that's not all", as the sales guy says. Add an "eyebrow" arch and the possibilities are indeed endless. (see below). I love eyebrow arches! They look great as window and door treatments and they surely add a touch of elegance as well to mantel design. In most of these designs I am adding a moulding around the rim of the mantel surround ajoining the firebox. It's just an nice detail to "set off" the two areas.

OK for those of you that love contemporary - you know who you are- I've included one last mantel surround example replete with tapered pilaster, floating sphere and gravel floor.

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