A working fireplace in an older apartment is a luxury these days. However, if you are stuck with a non-working fireplace and mantel, why not turn lemons into lemonade and use that non-working fireplace and mantel to your decorating advantage? It could be as simple as pushing up the head of your bed up against the fireplace mantel, but as these images show, it is possible to get really creative here. Take a look at some of these mantel-inspired headboards.
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Here, an old mantel has been closed off and the inside painted the same grayish blue as the rest of the room. Because the bed is relatively small and low-set, the mantel acts as sort of an over sized headboard.
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A high-rise bed with over sized pillows helps cover up the unwanted space of the closed-off fireplace. The mantel has been finished for a vintage look and the space above it used pragmatically for a couple of wall sconces, plants, and a cute little mirror.
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The owner of this bedroom decided to go all out and create an upholstered headboard that fit neatly into the space underneath the mantel. They also added symmetry to the space by adding identical nightstands and table lamps.
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The mantel part of the headboard has been mounted alone, in all its wabi-sabi glory, in this beach-inspired bedroom.
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This mantel-inspired headboard is doubly gorgeous as its two headboards stack on top of the other. The bottom mantel is decorated with sea shells and starfish while the top mantel has been refurbished as a mirror. Along with the pretty chandelier and range of blues, this shabby chic bedroom is absolutely gorgeous.
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Here is another example of shabby chic decorating whereby the designer uses the mantel as a headboard and leaves the mantel spare -- saving it for some over sized type lettering.
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This mantel-inspired headboard is absolutely amazing and so pretty. It is also another example where the negative space of the fireplace has been fitted with an upholstered headboard.
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Love these types of bedrooms where the decorator uses what's at hand to make their space as pretty as possible. This room is not over adorned and the decorator simply upholstered a headboard into the fireplace, tops the mantel with vintage French mirror and uses a couple of chairs as nightstands. The effect is still very beautiful!
So, consider yourself lucky if you have a non-working fireplace with a mantel in your home, especially if it is in your bedroom. They obviously make unexpectedly chic headboards and decorating spaces.
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