Faux fireplace mantels add character to any home! My faux mantel tutorial is one of the most popular DIYs on my blog. But what should go inside them? I’ve finally brainstormed some possibilities! Here are 10 decorative options for a fake fireplace insert.
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Faux Fireplace Mantel
Last February I built a DIY faux fireplace mantel as a part of my guest bedroom remodel. It added some character and warmth to create a welcoming experience for our guests, but I never fully finished it.
You can see how I built it in this DIY fireplace mantel tutorial.
I had a few ideas for the hole in the middle where a fireplace insert would traditionally go. I had thought about adding an electric fireplace insert, but in the end, I started other projects and forgot about it!
Until, so many of my readers asked me, “So what should I do in the middle?”
Since I still haven’t finalized what I want to do for my fake fireplace insert, I thought it would be fun to put up some ideas in the meantime!
The next ideas are photoshopped to give you an idea of what each option would look like.
I’d love for your vote in the comments on which one I should choose!
10 Decorative Fake Fireplace Insert Options
The general thought process behind building my faux mantel was that it be temporary and easy to remove. So with that in mind, here are 10 options to dress up a faux fireplace that are both easy to install and easily removable!
Fake Fireplace Insert Options
Peel & Stick Brick
The majority of the options I’ll be sharing are peel and stick options. These are ideal for any beginner DIYer, or for those who want a temporary solution.
In reality, you could take any of these options and use the real materials as well! If you like the brick look, but want it to be authentic, then sub in real brick!
Option 2: Washed Faux Brick Wallpaper
Option 3: White Brick
Option 4: Distressed Red Brick
Remember, these are all temporary solutions! If you love the look of brick, but want a more permanent solution, try installing these beautiful thin brick flats! You can leave them natural or paint them to your preference.
I also found several brick panels that are raised for a more realistic look. Check them out below!
If you want to have a little more flexibility, you can create your own patterns using wood accents!
Option 5: Peel and Stick Chevron
Option 6: Peel and Stick Reclaimed Wood
Option 7: Bead board Panel
Or, if you want to buy one, they also come pre-made now!
Personally, I’m leaning towards a stone look. There are many peel and stick stone wallpapers, but I also think it would be worthwhile to invest a bit more to get the real thing!
Even though this faux fireplace is meant to be temporary, it can still be beautiful! Now I need your help to decide. Which option do you like best? What would you put in your own home?